The Gift of Reading

When I say that I believe reading is a gift, it is a message that comes from my heart. The joy–and even sorrow–that comes from a book can be a comforting companion. The emotions and thoughts they provoke unrivaled. It is something that I want all children (and adults) to experience. It is why you will always find books underneath our Christmas tree each year.

Holiday Shows: Getting Prepared

Not long ago I read an article about Holiday Shows (a.k.a. craft shows) being one of the Indie author's best friends. So understandably, when one came knocking on my front door I decided to answer the call. I had no idea what to expect, but I thought I would share my impressions with you. Before I continue, I should state that the article did warn that it is important to attend several shows and find out which ones prove successful.

By | November 22nd, 2015|Author Community|4 Comments

Setting up a Google alert

Last week I talked about the importance of running a Google search on your name, book, or series to make sure that you’ve linked to your website any important Editorial reviews or interviews and to find out who is giving away your book for free.  What if you took it one step further and automated this process? It’s simple with Google Alerts. If you already have a Google account let’s get started—otherwise, we’ll all wait while you get up to speed! Okay, ready? Sign in to your account and then on a new tab (so you can still read the instructions here) and type in Follow the next few steps, which are super easy… […]

By | September 24th, 2015|Author Community|Comments Off on Setting up a Google alert

Linking interviews and reviews

We all get busy. Too busy. There is a lot of work involved in being an indie author, especially when you are doing the majority of the work yourself. But you can’t let that be an excuse. You still need to make sure you stay on top of your book(s). Do you know where they are being sold? Do you know what is being said about them? Have you linked to all the author interviews you’ve done—okay, you caught me, I still need to finish up on that one. The point is, you need to know what is out there. Sure, we all check our book reviews on the different sites where we know they are being sold. However, when was the last time you did a google search on your name, your series, or your individual books? Be prepared at what you might find! […]

By | September 17th, 2015|Author Community|Comments Off on Linking interviews and reviews

Pixelated Web Graphics

From time to time I will be posting Helpful Tech Tips To Make Life Easier, a new section of the blog. My intent is to pass along little tips & hacks to my author friends that I’ve stumbled upon that will make their jobs less stressful, but many of the tips will apply to everyone. I hope you will find this new feature useful! I want to start this section off with a DOOZIE! This tip has saved me hours of frustration and hair-pulling—and as much as I would love to take credit for it—that honor goes to my daughter. So how many times have you worked and slaved over an image on your website only to have it look pixelated? I can’t count the times. It didn’t matter how many times I put it through PhotoShop and changed the resolution. The results always remained the same—pixelation. […]

By | September 10th, 2015|Author Community|Comments Off on Pixelated Web Graphics