Answers to Your Ebook Publishing Questions

Are you struggling with the decision to self-publish your book as an ebook or keep sending it out to traditional publishers who don't even acknowledge your submission? You're not alone. Hundreds of thousands of writers are taking ebook publishing into their own hands....
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How to Write an Author Bio that Will Help You Sell More Books

Tips on how to write an author bio, including things to avoid, and instruction on doing market research on Amazon to improve sales.

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Opening Night at the Globe Theatre: The Last Wife, a Story of Katherine Parr

Opening night of a new performance at Regina's Globe Theatre is always time for celebration, but especially so when the lead actor, Sabryn Rock, grew up in the city.  The acting and staging, as I've come to expect from the Globe, came together perfectly to create a...
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So I’ve Got a Blog — But Does My Content Qualify for AdSense?

This past week, I read a couple of very interesting blog posts about Google AdSense, which as most everybody who has investigated monitizing their content knows, is a popular option. AdSense is a contextual advertising service owned by Google. The concept is simple: advertisers pay money through the Google AdWords program to advertise on content webpages. Google then matches the advertisements up with content producer webpages through the Google AdSense program.

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Myth or Fact: Does Amazon Own My Ebook When I Publish On Kindle?

We’ve all heard rumors about e-publishing and having all of your rights stolen without payment. Sometimes these rumors are spread by someone malicious, and sometimes they’re spread by people who misinterpret agreements they’ve read online. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes hard to figure out whether a rumor is a myth or a fact.

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You CAN Build a Brand and Write About Lots of Things — Here’s How

How do you bring “I want to write about everything” to a manageable brand that you can package with a single website or blog and only one or two accounts with your favorite types of social media…The good thing is that when you’re building a brand you don’t have to label everything about what you do. That running shoe manufacturer comes up with new twists on design every time fashion and technology change. So can you.

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Ebook Publishing Tips from 2016 TBEX Travel Writing Conferences

Find ebook publishing tips in the slideshows that Linda Aksomitis presented at all of the TBEX travel blogging conferences around the world in 2016. They cover topics from content marketing with ebooks to providing setup instructions for formatting an ebook.

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Award Winning Picture Book Authors Find Success Through Hybrid Publishing

Linda Aksomitis interviews a hybrid publisher and three picture book authors who used hybrid publishing to self-publish their own picture books. All of the books received various award nominations and awards — learn what they invested and how the process worked.

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How do I Submit Articles to Websites and Online Magazines – FAQ

Would you like to work from home and make money online? You can, by learning how to submit articles to magazines and websites. However, you may have lots of questions. I know I did when I was getting established — and so do students in my online course, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets. So, let’s find answers to some of the questions I’m asked most frequently.

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How Much Money Can You Make From a Blog Post?

Well, there’s lots of good–maybe even great–content on the Web, so to make money blogging, your content has to be easy to find. That includes everything from understanding SEO, so you get some great SERP (Search Engine Results Page) placements, to social media. Today, it’s all one package. That’s where content marketing comes in.

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5 Tested Things You May Not Be Doing That Are Guaranteed to Increase Your Blog Traffic

The thing is that the Web changes every day. While we used to talk SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, over and over as the be-all and end-all way to get those coveted readers to your blog, that’s not really how it works any longer. Sure, SEO is still important, because SEO friendly content generally contains lots of writing strategies that make your Web content work for readers. But the shocking conclusion I’ve just come to is that most successful blogs don’t rely on Google or Bing or Yahoo anymore to increase blog traffic. Instead, many blogs get 80% or more of their traffic through social media and other channels.

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Introduction to Internet Writing Markets

Interested in blogging or nonfiction? The good news is that you can find lots of ways to make money on the Internet in these areas. Plus, there are many publishing opportunities for literary writers and poets. Payment varies, so you’ll need to investigate markets the same as you do for print publications.

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Writing Tips: Should You Rebrand Your Publishing or Refocus Your Writing Career?

Rebranding results in a full makeover just like the Rowdy Gang, Pemmican Pete, Pemmican Pearl, and the Heritage Fashion Show disappeared from the Queen City Ex. Refocusing, on the other hand, selects existing elements and puts a new spin on them.

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Book Publishing Continues to Change–the Surprising Statistics from 2015 are Out

Okay, so print is really old news, as you can see from the infographic at the top of the page. However, there’s a twist to the on-going evolution of publishing. Author Earnings calls it the “the law of unintended consequences.” I call it awesome news for indie authors!
And you’re likely dying to know what happened.

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How to Take Control of Your Writer’s Brand at Mid-Career

So let’s go through your “scrapbook” as a mid-career writer, especially if you’re just making that transition from traditional publishing to the Web. You may already have inventoried these things in a CV, or curriculum vitae, that you’ve included along with publisher submissions.

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14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets

Travel bloggers have different ideas on what they’ve done to set themselves apart–meet 14 travel bloggers who share their branding secrets. Travel writing and blogging is an enormous field–Google brings up 399,000,000 results for the term “travel blog” alone. Travel writers who try to cover it “all” end up with a little bit of content to suit a lot of people a little bit of the time. That translates into few regular readers.

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Authors Struggling in a Changing Publishing World

The new wave of indie authors who’ve become publishers, taking publishing into their own hands, are excited. And why not? They can publish an ebook that appears just a professional as a traditionally published ebook on a shoestring budget, depending on what they’re unable to do themselves so contract out.

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What’s the Difference Between a Reflowable E-Book, a Fixed Format E-Book, and a Responsive E-Book?

Ebooks have come a long ways since 2002 when they had just 0.05% of the marketplace! So, it’s likely no surprise that the technology behind ebooks has also come a long ways. This infographic introduces you to the three types of ebooks we see today.

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Why Writing is Like Going to the Gym

Students often felt disillusioned when I sent back edits on their work and suggestions for improvement. They’d come to class, not to learn how to write better, but for me to tell them they were born writers and to submit their work to Publisher X to start their million-dollar careers.

But all writers, just like everyone that gets on those bicycles, have to push and train those muscles to get better. It takes practice, tons of it. Maintaining the status quo may be the easy way to participate, but the most rewards come from the hardest work.

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Branding: What is it and why does it matter to writers?

Think of branding as a process of defining your writing with the hopes of creating brand loyalty. You can probably list dozens of brands you’re loyal to, from no-name tomato soup (price) to Pepsi cola (taste) to Stephen King (suspenseful experience). Each brand you favour has particular characteristics that you find consistently in the product, right? Ultimately, that product has a recipe that has been developed and marketed over time. You can do that, too.When you create your brand, you’re stirring together all of the things that make up your writing, past, present, and future.

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