Letters from the Real World: Confessions of an AWP Virgin

By Cait Reynolds

I went to my first writing conference this week. I was shocked. Now, in my perilously ill-spent and ill-advised youth, I was a dot com girl. I did marketing for technology companies, and I went to some of the biggest, glitziest tradeshows around. I saw booths that recreated German beer gartens, complete with busty frauleins and beer. I saw booths that had virtual reality rides (in the interest of research and relationship-building, of course). I know that my tradeshow budget was often larger than the… Continue Reading


IndieReCon 2014 is on!

By Lori Culwell

Today we’re proud to tell you about Indie ReCon 2014, which has now begun!  Here is a little more about it… I wrote a guest post for it, and I totally think you should go check that out (along with all of the other amazing articles). IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer’s conference dedicated to indie publishing. Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with chats and giveaways and days of helpful and pertinent information. This year will be even… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: It’s all in your head. Really.

By Cait Reynolds

I need a vacation. Seriously. I’m not even two months into my career as a full-time writer, and I’m exhausted. I am working seven days a week, ten hours a day, and the rest of that time, I’m thinking and worrying. I swear, I haven’t sweated work like this since the late 90’s dot com era, when you couldn’t go to lunch because you might miss a paradigm shift. There are times when I’m trying to format a blog post, and the thing just won’t… Continue Reading


Case Study: Sara Paretsky’s Critical Mass Web-Only Epilogue

By Lisa Hazen
Critical Mass

One of the best things about the Web is that it is infinitely editable. To any writer who has ever yearned to make a crucial edit after a manuscript missed the point of no return in the production process will certainly appreciate this quality. But beyond simple edits, consider using your site as a way to take your story further, even after it is published. Author Sara Paretsky published an epilogue to her new book Critical Mass that lives exclusively on her site. Paretsky’s protagonist—V… Continue Reading


The Author Marketing Mindset: Debunking the Myths!

By Lori Culwell

Today’s tutorial video covers almost every “excuse” I’ve ever heard in the years I’ve been helping authors with their marketing.  Hopefully by the end of it, you’ll be convinced that yes, in fact, you ARE going to be able to set everything up and get yourself out there, networking and marketing your books.


Watch Us on SlushHeap!

By Lori Culwell

BookPromotion.com contributor (and Writer.ly founder) Kelsye and I (Lori Culwell) appeared on SlushHeap, talking indie author success. Watch the replay here! Here’s a little more about SlushHeap, for your edification: SlushHeap Where authors are celebrated, encouraged, and promoted… since 2013 Slush Pile  noun  \ˈsləsh ˈpī(-ə)l \A stack of unsolicited manuscripts that have been sent to a publishing company for consideration –          (web definitions)SlushHeap  noun  \ˈsləsh ˈhēp\ 1 : A Google+ Hangout on Air (HOA) dedicated to experienced authors, new authors, and those who would like to break into the… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: Me. Dot com.

By Cait Reynolds

Have you ever seen a movie where there’s a monotone voiceover for a prisoner in a lonely dungeon? That’s what was going through my head as I tried to set up my new website. “Hour one. Found GoDaddy.com. Typed name and found it available. I am suspicious of how easy this is. I am in constant fear of making a mistake and somehow ending up owner of Thumbtumblies.com or other nonsense.” “Hour two. Have secured caitreynolds.com after intense debate over how many years of ownership to buy…. Continue Reading


Author Websites: Own Your Name!

By Lori Culwell

Hey look!  I made good use of being snowed in, yet again. As you might know, several weeks ago I sent out an email, asking for questions from authors with no experience (for a video tutorial series I’m working on). I got a lot of questions about domain names, so I decided to make the first tutorial about that! This is my first video tutorial, ever, and it was actually much harder to make than I anticipated, so I’m glad I dedicated an entire (snow)… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: Hello. I’m just like you.

By Cait Reynolds

Let me introduce myself, 12-step style. I am Cait, and I am trying to market my books. I’m not special. I’m not successful (yet). I’m not anything other than one woman, trying to make a go of a writing career. I am starting from scratch. I had nothing. I met Lori Culwell accidentally, and now, I have something. I’m a cheerfully-obsessed marketing guinea pig. I’m going step-by-step and trying to gear up for a book launch at the end of March. A lot of the… Continue Reading


How I Did It: Nate Burgos’ eBook BROKEN

By Lisa Hazen
Nate Burgos

Nate Burgos and I have worked together for quite some time. I edit his blog pieces on Design Feast, and my husband has done some illustration work for him. Last year, he asked me to help him edit his most ambitious project yet—an eBook he called BROKEN, a book that focusing on common workplace dynamics and challenges. But particularly how to make changes in the office to both work better and produce better work. I wanted to interview Nate for this site because authors commonly… Continue Reading