This post was first published in 2012 and is regularly updated. First things first: an author's website, whether it gets
Plugins are one of the most wonderful and useful things about Wordpress. Here are some of my favorites for writers.
Debra Eckerling (@WriteOnOnline), founder of the writers' support group Write On!, discusses common writer challenges, the value of blogs, what it means to take writing to the next level, tragic networking mistakes, and more in this 5 On interview.
Every year, I share hundreds (even thousands) of articles and reports on book marketing. Here, I look back on the best of what I found in 2016.
If you're preparing to pitch your nonfiction work to agents or publishers, you may have heard about the necessity of platform. What if you don't have one?
How a self-publishing poet achieved visibility for her book—and landed a book deal with traditional publisher Andrews McMeel.
Getting traction for your online presence—especially a new blog—can feel like an impossible task when you're an unknown writer. But it can be done.
I'm proud to have a feature in Writer's Digest magazine on how to monetize your website and blog. I detail eight methods.
When deciding whether to write for free—or for exposure—here are 5 questions writers should ask.
Just about every writer would love to have more readers—more readers of their books, their blog, their articles, or whatever creative work they’re producing. But few writers have given much thought to having a call to action that's associated with their work.
Wondering why you don't have more blog traffic—or if it's worthwhile to continue your blogging effort? Here are the mistakes that commonly afflict authors.
Next week, I'm participating in the Book to Course Virtual Summit, a free event hosted by Teachable. I'll be discussing the rise of the writer-entrepreneur.
Author and publicist Fauzia Burke offers tips and resources for doing your own internet book publicity.
Kirsten Oliphant details how to find, create, and edit branded graphics for blogs and social media.
Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.
Debut author Nadine Darling discusses her revision and query process, blogging, writing with children in the house, and more.
How do you build an online platform when you don't have advice or ready-to-go insights (and don't like offering either)?
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
Blogger and author Nina Amir explains how to turn your blog content into books and other information products.
Full-time author and speaker Scott Berkun discusses his book marketing experiences as both a traditionally published author and self-published author.
For me, the hardest thing about being online is remembering what I think and the "why" that I'm working for. The multiplicity of voices can make you forget your center.
In a 30-minute video interview, I discuss the basics of author platform.
I was delighted to be a guest on Stephen Campbell's podcast, The Author Biz.
You're not alone. Being told to build an online presence creates internal conflict for a lot of writers. This is the topic
If you have a Wordpress-based site, then you know that one of the first choices you have to make (and then
The chain of events goes something like this: An author's book nears its publication date (or perhaps the author is attempting
Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Simone Collins (@SimoneHCollins) at ArtCorgi. See her earlier post on The Advantages of
In this talk from the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop, I explain the process of growing my readership since 2008, then share a few key principles I follow to make it an enjoyable and sustainable process.
How many authors do you know who seem more renowned among their peers than readers—not because these "thriving ink-slingers" (Michael Deacon) are writing books only other authors could love, but because their output seems to focus on these redundant how-to's designed to crib a few more bucks from fellow would-be renowned authors?
It's almost a running joke. Whenever my manager introduces me at an event, he always starts by saying how many
Update (April 17, 2021): Google's Feedburner will stop offering email delivery of RSS feeds in July 2021. When I launched
The following Q&A is with author Bob Tarte. Bob lives in Michigan with parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens,
The following advice is excerpted from How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir, recently released from Writer's Digest Books.
The following advice is from Michael Hyatt's newest release, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. The book is one of
If you have a blog, you should offer visitors a way to subscribe to new posts via e-mail. This means