Worried About Making Writing Boring if it’s Easy?

You have 7 seconds to grab the attention of someone who lands on your content! Do you worry that your writing will lack style or sound childish when you make it easy to read? After all, the majority of surfers scan content, so they're looking for ideas and information...
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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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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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Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis started publishing on the Web in 1997. Since then, she has published thousands of articles, designed dozens of websites, and brought out 30+ award winning books with traditional publishers in 5 countries along with indie ebooks. She’s an international speaker, presenting courses to various professional organizations including TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange), TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada), CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), PWAC (Professional Writers Association of Canada), SCBWI Canada East (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and the SWG (Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild). Her writing courses are offered at thousands of community colleges and libraries around the world — see the sidebar for registration links.

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....
Read More

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.

Read More

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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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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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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FREE Tools to Help You Create a Blog Banner or eBook Cover

Do you know what you want for your ebook cover or blog banner, but don’t have the tools you need? I find that software for special purposes often costs a little more than I’d like to invest–so, my first go-to place is the Web to see what’s out here for free. Here are some of the tools I’ve used that will help you create the perfect header or book cover.

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WARNING: Ignoring These Book Sales Statistics Could Seriously Impact Your Writing Income

So, to put the Nov/2015 ebook sales analysis done by K-Lytics in earning perspective for authors, if you had a romance novel and a nonfiction law book that both hit #1 in the period above, and earned $1 per book for each sale, you’d earn $6245 a day for the novel and $52 a day for the law book. Quite a difference, isn’t it? But there are more starting stats!

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Make Money with E-Books: Writing & Publishing in the Digital Age

The October 2015 Author Earnings Report indicates that 165,000 top selling e-books on Amazon rake in 70% of the total e-book $$$ sales–and Amazon itself has about 73% of the U.S. e-book market. Of all those books, about 43% are from indie authors and another 2% are from uncategorized single author publishers. In other words, self-publishing is good for authors!

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Worried About Making Writing Boring if it’s Easy?

You have 7 seconds to grab the attention of someone who lands on your content! Do you worry that your writing will lack style or sound childish when you make it easy to read? After all, the majority of surfers scan content, so they're looking for ideas and information...
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Insider Tips From 6 Magazine Editors on How to Query Articles

However, the most important takeaway for me from Pitluk’s presentation was something I’d already learned—that appearing in print publications establishes credibility. Even with the popularity of blogs and websites, magazine bylines and photo publications can really launch a writing career.

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Plotting a Novel–Difficult Choices Authors Have to Make

Plotting a novel sounds easy, doesn’t it? After all, it’s just telling all the things that happen in a story. The trick, though, is to make the story exciting enough for readers to keep turning the pages. That takes a lot of thought and consideration, and sadly, some...
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Copywriting–3 Things You Must Know About Content Writing

Writing Web content is rewarding for many reasons. You can reach readers anywhere in the world. You can get instant feedback through comments. And you can write on any topic you want, without worrying about finding an interested editor. Sounds easy. Right? It can be...
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Examples of Metaphors and Similes

A week ago I taught a workshop--Show, Don't Just Tell, at the Weyburn Public Library. It's one of my favorites, as it lets me and my students wander off into dozens of different directions. One of the most interesting is the power of metaphors and similes  to help...
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Increase Your Blog Traffic With the Google Keyword Tool

We all blog about different things. Technical instructions. Writing tips. How-to tutorials. The one thing every blogger has in common, though, is that they want readers for their content. As they say, the more the merrier! But it's not always easy to get readers. In...
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How Much Backstory to Add?

Whew! The crazy eight weeks of picking up Longhorns and Outlaws, doing the book tours, school visits, and author readings has come to an end. I can breathe again...I'll admit, however, that it does feel a little anti-climactic.So, what next? Well, on to more...
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How do you edit your children’s novels?

There are many different strategies authors use when they edit a novel. I have a similar approach with all of my editing work, but how much editing really depends on how strong my initial plan and outline were for the novel, along with what kinds of things my editors...
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