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This site is one of about a dozen writing and publishing related sites I’m not using much, so I’m posting an update on some of the things I’ve been working on to help indie and self-publishing authors sell more books. My book design templates and book formatting resources remain popular, but increasingly I’ve been focused on what comes after book design. Namely, how do you keep a book selling long term, without spending so much time and money on promoting it that you don’t have time to keep writing. Those are problems with I’ve wrestled with first hand this year as I…

If you thought that it only takes a writer and a publishing house to get a book on the store shelves, then you are terribly wrong. There is another important person, called an editor, who refined and polishes the text and directs the focus of the story along with a certain course. An editor cuts what is not necessary to the story, enhances the critical points and draws attention to where the reader should focus. After the editor’s job is done, the book or article will be clean, strong, appealing and professional. Why is an editor so important, you might…

In 2015 I mostly helped indie authors publish and market their books – but in 2016 I want to focus on writing my own. I’m doing a big launch for Shearwater, the first segment of a YA mermaid romance novel and I’ve been doing everything I can to launch with a bang. I talk a lot about book marketing on my main site, www.creativindie.com, like how I built a list of 8500+ YA readers in 2 weeks with book giveaways. It’s fun to try new things that other authors aren’t doing yet, but it remains to be seen whether my books…

I started an editing company when I was working on my MA in Literature. Then I started another one when I began my PhD. I’m pretty awesome at editing books, but up until recently I hadn’t written my own fiction. Now that I’m almost done with my first book, I’ve learned a few things about the writing process. But the biggest thing I learned, is that most authors are telling stories that don’t matter. Most authors approach writing like a sandbox. They see a nice castle and they try to reconstruct if from memory, or by looking at it, with…

Welcome to Wriye.com! We set this site up because we know how much authors need consistent motivation and accountability. So we’re building a 52-week email course that will be totally free, to keep you focused and on task, while also introducing you to all the tools and resources you need to be a successful author. We’ve done all the research and testing for you and have helped hundreds of authors publish high quality books, quickly and on a budget. We’ll teach you how to prepare your manuscript for Createspace or Kindle Direct Publishing. If you need extra help with your book…