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Stephen Hise’s take on what it takes to be a successful indie author
15 Sep 2014

Stephen Hise’s take on what it takes to be a successful indie author

When you decide to self-publish a book, you are in control. Your creative vision shapes the book. You get to choose the cover design, set the price, and decide where to sell it. But like the old adage says, with power comes responsibility. Becoming a successful self-publisher takes discipline, patience, and wisdom. As founder of the indie publishing site Indies Unlimited and the author of...

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How to promote your self-published book on Goodreads
14 Aug 2014

How to promote your self-published book on Goodreads

There are loads of social media resources to help budding authors become part of the conversation, but none so effective as Goodreads. Which is why we asked Michelle Booth, author of Goodreads for Authors, to tell us how authors can use Goodreads to their full advantages, promoting themselves, their books, and becoming part of an author and reader community. How much time do you fritter...

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5 Tips to Create an Amazing Art Portfolio
13 Aug 2014

5 Tips to Create an Amazing Art Portfolio

Hey artist—nice portfolio. It’s got some great examples of your work, all beautifully scanned or photographed. It has your contact info too, right? Good. But is that all you need? Is that all a portfolio can be? Your art portfolio is how you present yourself and how you compete with other artists. In a sense, it’s like your entire season of American Idol, bound up...

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You—author, publisher, and entrepreneur
13 Aug 2014

You—author, publisher, and entrepreneur

Whether you’re a writer, photographer, artist, or illustrator, you are lucky. As a creative, you get to do what other people only dream of—create. And some of the lucky few get to do this day in and day out. Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work!, and Newspaper Blackout is one of those lucky few. If you’ve long dreamed of following...

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4 Great Tips for Planning and Writing Your Next Novel
13 Aug 2014

4 Great Tips for Planning and Writing Your Next Novel

Ah, the blank page. So full of promise, waiting only for your inspiration and hard work to become something unique and wonderful. Or, if you’re like many of us, it’s an intimidating void. How do you take that great idea for a book out of your head and put it on the page? Relax. Take a deep breath. It’s all going to work out fine....

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Why self-published authors should join writing communities
08 Aug 2014

Why self-published authors should join writing communities

For all the romantic notions of writers sitting alone, hacking away in anonymity on their manuscript (with or without a bottle of bourbon and smoldering ashtray full of cigarettes), the truth is that very few successful writers go it alone. Even the most solitary writers usually rely on the input of friends and fellow writers. As much as my fellow creative writing classmates and I...

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