Kickstarting Your Novel

March 2, 2017 Rob 0

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   Writing a novel is hard. Making money on a novel is even harder. If your book doesn’t find an audience, it may never happen. One way to minimize risk and accelerate the […]

Announcing: editing services!

February 28, 2017 Rob 0

Are you working on a book? Do you know someone who is? I am now offering editing services for fiction and non-fiction works. I offer developmental editing, copy editing and line editing/proofreading, as well as assistance with formatting books for publication in both ebook and paperback formats. I have written fifteen novels in addition to a non-fiction guide to self-publishing, and have also edited several books. If you are looking for an editor for your project, please contact me at rob […]

Using Amazon’s KDP ads to sell your book

January 3, 2017 Rob 0

I’ve got a guest post up today on Jane Friedman’s blog about using KDP ads to sell books on Amazon. If you are a self-published author or aspiring author, you should definitely check it out. The post is excerpted from the completely revised version of my book Self-Publish Your Novel. The new version should be available on Amazon in a few weeks. If you’d like to be alerted when Self-Publish Your Novel is available, please go here and enter your […]

Everything you need to know about self-publishing a book

December 28, 2016 Rob 0

Are you planning on self-publishing a novel or other book? Then I’ve got just the thing for you! I am currently working on a completely revised version of my book Self-Publish Your Novel. I originally published Self-Publish Your Novel in 2011, back when ebooks and self-publishing were in their infancy. At the time, that book covered everything I knew about publishing. Since then, I’ve published a bunch more books, and a lot has changed in the industry. I’ve rewritten about […]

As promised, I’m leaving the country

November 13, 2016 Rob 4

A lot of celebrities have already broken their promises to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected President. I want to reassure you, however, that I still fully intend to keep my promise. I will be leaving for Costa Rica on January 12, 2017–a week before Trump’s inauguration. Granted, I was going to do this if Hillary won too, and I will most likely be returning to the U.S. in March, but the important thing is that I’m keeping […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 9: Ebooks

October 21, 2016 Rob 0

  This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here. Creating an e-book is actually quite a bit simpler than creating a physical book. The two main e-book formats are MOBI (.mobi) and ePub (.epub). Amazon’s Kindle (.azw) is a variation of […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 8: Cover Design

July 15, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   You can probably do most of the work of self-publishing your book yourself. One task for which you will probably want to seek outside help, however, is cover design. Being an amateur […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 7: Paperbacks

July 2, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   Why Hard Copy? Most successful self-published authors sell far more ebooks than paperbacks. At present, over 90% of the sales of my self-published books are ebooks. Given the fact that it’s […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 6: Getting Your Manuscript Into Shape

June 17, 2016 Rob 1

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.       This isn’t a writing book, per se. I’m not going to give you a lot of advice about writing dialog, or creating dramatic tension, or any of a dozen aspects […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 5: Write the Novel You Want to Read

June 10, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   Getting published is easier than ever, but getting people to buy and read your book is still very difficult. Many struggling authors tend to focus on marketing, pricing, and the […]

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