Goodreads

2 Ways to Make the Most of Goodreads

I really admire the folks at Goodreads, not just for their site, but also for the data they share with
Speaking at SXSW PubCamp 2011

My Best Advice for Writers From 2011

Last week I shared 12 Must-Read Articles From 2011. Now I'm going to share a list of the best advice
Publishing Perspectives

Serial Fiction: An Old Form Made New

Yesterday, my feature article for Publishing Perspectives went live: Experimenting With Serials for Fun and Profit Here's a little excerpt:
The Secrets They Kept by Joanne Tombrakos

What Good Salespeople Know That Writers Should

Today's guest post is by author and business person Joanne Tombrakos. What ultimately spurred my decision to self-publish was a
Writer Unboxed

Writers Need More Copywriting Training

Today I'm the featured contributor at Writer Unboxed, where I talk about copywriting: The No. 1 Overlooked Skill for Every
website

3 Reasons to Have a Website If You’re Unpublished

When I tell writers it's mandatory they have a website, those who are unpublished will immediately ask, "But what do
The Writer's Workout

Platform and Social Media Must Not Be Your Center

Today's post is excerpted from The Writer's Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach (Writer's Digest,
How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

Author Brad Swift asks the following: I have a number of fiction and nonfiction books now available through Amazon as
Jane Knows

When to Modify Your Name Due to SEO Concerns

I received the following question from Jan O'Hara: I have a dilemma to sort out about author names. These are the
Blank Faces by Rommel Adao

I Hate Press Releases

This is part rant, part advice. I don't write this post as if my needs were everyone's. But it's frustrating
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3 Blunders That Can Kill Your Author Platform

Today's guest post is from author Kristen Lamb. The digital age author has more opportunities than any writer in the
Scott Sigler

3 Keys to Sustainable & Successful Indie Authorship

Note from Jane: I don't usually run posts that feature or promote a single service or solution. Authors need to
My Memories of a Future Life

Should You Serialize a Novel on Kindle?

Today's guest post is by Roz Morris. Last month I released my literary novel as four episodes on Kindle: 100,000
4-Ps of Marketing

E-Book Marketing 101

In case you missed it, my monthly column at Writer Unboxed was posted yesterday: A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book.
Going Geek by John Carpenter

Using an Agent to Get on Kindle

I've been keeping an eye on John Carpenter and his book project ever since we first started having conversations on
The Funny Man by John Warner

Using Word of Mouth (Not Media Attention) to Sell Books

I've known John Warner since my days as an acquisitions editor at F+W Media. He is among the most decent,
Facebook logo

3 Principles for Facebook Fan Pages

Facebook is the No. 1 most popular website in the United States in terms of visits, which means it's more
Amy Stolls

How Much Has Book Marketing Changed Since 2005?

Amy Stolls is the author of The Ninth Wife, a novel just released from HarperCollins as a paperback original. The
Christina Katz

The Secret to Twitter That Can’t Be Taught

I've found Twitter—and many aspects of social media—somewhat tricky to teach. Why? Here are 3 reasons to start: Using social
Platform Inventory Worksheet

Draft Your Platform Action Plan: 5 Worksheets

Last weekend at the Midwest Writers Workshop, I offered a workshop on author platform building. Part of the workshop included
Getting Over the Hump by Jeffrey Gifford

Expect Resistance With New Technology

This phenomenon comes up a lot when I talk about Twitter (or—really—any new media tool). People don't use it. They
Simon Sinek: If You Don't Understand People, You Don't Understand Business

Look for People Who Believe What You Believe

[Update: The discussion in the comments—on this site and on some of my other profiles—has made me realize that my
Conversation Prism

Build Diversity Into Your Online Presence

Back in 2008, a smart guy named Brian Solis created the Conversation Prism (above), and wrote a blog post titled