Tools for Writers: Atticus Review

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This article is the first in a series of articles reviewing publishing and marketing tools for authors, featuring a mix of reviews from staff and guest posts. Today's article is a guest post from Blair Cousins. If you have a product you want to review on Business for Authors, email diannalgunn@gmail.com for guest article guidelines. Atticus homepage As an indie author, there is no shortage of tasks that must be done. Whether it’s drafting the next novel or gathering invoices for taxes, you really are an army of one. That’s why I was excited to hear about the release of the new book formatting software, Atticus. Advertised as a mash-up of Scrivener, Google Docs, and Vellum, I was curious to try it. Especially if it works as well as I’ve…
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LIMITED TIME OFFER: Fast Track Your Writer Education with the Write Publish Profit 5.0 Super Stack

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Fast Track Your Writer Education with the Write Publish Profit 5.0 Super Stack

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Write Publish Profit 5.0 collage of products available in the bundle There are a lot of things you need to learn to become an author. You need how to choose a story idea strong enough to form the basis of a novel, create compelling characters, use story structure to facilitate good pacing, edit your own work, and so much more. If you're planning to self-publish, you need to learn even more: formatting, marketing, and the ins and outs of running a business. Luckily, Infostack is here to help with the Write Publish Profit 5.0 Super Stack. I'm excited to share this great deal (so great I'll be grabbing it too!) and answer some key questions: What is Infostack?What is Write Publish Profit 5.0?Who can benefit from Write Publish Profit 5.0?How…
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What I Learned – and What I Regret – About Launching My First Book on Kickstarter

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Kickstarter for authors Earlier this year, Brandon Sanderson ran a Kickstarter to publish four novels he wrote during the pandemic and earned a whopping $41.7 million. This wasn’t the first Kickstarter run by an author or even by Sanderson himself, but the size of this campaign brought it into the public eye and got everyone talking about the potential of Kickstarter for authors. After much debate, I thought I would share my own experience funding my book on Kickstarter: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I've broken the story down into five parts: My KickstarterWhere things went wrongWhat I learned from the KickstarterWould I run a Kickstarter again?My advice to other authors considering Kickstarter This story will help you understand what Kickstarter is like for new authors and, I…
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Best Patreon Alternatives for Content Creators and Authors

Best Patreon Alternatives for Content Creators and Authors

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Patreon provides millions of creative entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build a sustainable monthly income, but the company has faced several controversies the past few years, most recently when it suggested incorporating NFTs into its systems. As decisions like these have eroded trust in Patreon, more and more people are seeking Patreon alternatives for content creators. Luckily, there are several other companies you can turn to for help if you want to create a paid subscription to sustain your content. And I’ve saved you some time by testing out the options and evaluating them in four categories: Number of features availableEase of useTransaction fees and other costsTrustworthiness or, put more plainly, whether or not they’ve made a statement about their stance on cryptocurrency and NFTs When you’re finished…
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10 Twitter Tips for Authors Based on 10 Years of Experience

10 Twitter Tips for Authors Based on 10 Years of Experience

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Twitter might not have a billion users like Facebook does, but the bird app is still a powerful social media platform for many businesses, especially in the publishing industry. In fact, as the most word-based of all the major social media platforms, Twitter has naturally evolved into the place to forge connections with writers and other publishing professionals. In this collection of Twitter tips for authors, I'll share what I've learned in almost 10 years of using Twitter as a serious part of my author platform. Let's dive into it! Twitter tips for authors 1. Optimize your profile Alechia Dow Twitter profile You can customize three major areas of your Twitter profile: Bio. You can use up to 160 characters in your Twitter bio. Note that you can include links…
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Diversifying Your Income Part 3: Book Merchandise

Diversifying Your Income Part 3: Book Merchandise

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One of the best ways to diversify your income without giving yourself a whole other job is to create merchandise for your books. Your books don’t have to already be successful for this to work either. In fact, high-quality book merchandise can attract new people to your work. In this article, I’ll explore: 12 book merchandise ideas + book merch I loveWhere to sell your book merch When you’re finished reading, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to start selling your own book merch. Book merchandise ideas The first thing most authors think of is custom bookmarks. This is a great start, but there are many other types of merch you can create: 1. Buttons/pins Buttons are a great way for your fans to display their love of your…
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Diversifying Your Income Part Two: Patreon for Fiction Authors

Diversifying Your Income Part Two: Patreon for Fiction Authors

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In my last article, I shared the benefits of building multiple income streams, as well as some ideas for how to do it. Now I’m going to share one of the best ways to diversify your income: content subscriptions. Specifically, I’m going to take a look at Patreon for fiction authors, as well as some alternative ways to create content subscriptions. This guide will explore: What Patreon isPotential rewards you can offer as an authorHow to set up your Patreon pageTips for marketing your PatreonExamples of author Patreons By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll be ready to start planning a content subscription of your own. What is Patreon? Patreon is a site that makes it easy to set up a paid content subscription. Over 200,000 creators use Patreon to…
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Announcing the Author Success Club

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Today marks the launch of my newest endeavor to help authors build successful long-term careers: the Author Success Club. The Author Success Club is a premium membership club hosted on Ko-fi. Every month, the Author Success Club provide new resources to help members improve one of the following areas of their careers: Marketing - Most resources will focus on digital marketing since that’s what my expertise is in, but there will also be resources to help you sell books at in-person events.Health - This might not seem career related, but when your health falls apart, so does everything else. The Author Success Club will share resources on how to make self care part of your routine in order to maintain the health of your brain and body.Writing craft - All…
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Diversify Your Income Part One: Explore Your Options

Diversify Your Income Part One: Explore Your Options

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Over the next few weeks, I'm going to explore how to diversify your income and future-proof your creative career. But first, why is this so important? I've attended a lot of writing groups in my life. In one session, I remember a guest author saying that she didn't know a single author who made a living solely off of their books.  At the time, I was determined to be the exception. Sometimes I still daydream about living entirely off of book sales. But book sales are incredibly fickle. They can change wildly from one month to the next, and sometimes books fall out of favor entirely. Most authors don't make a living from book sales alone until they've got a backlist with five, ten, twenty books. Even then, sales can dry…
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Experts Speak: Tips to Tame Your Newsletter with Mary Kit Caelsto

Experts Speak: Tips to Tame Your Newsletter with Mary Kit Caelsto

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When it comes to marketing, nothing beats a newsletter. Sure, it sounds old school, and when you think about your own overflowing inbox, possibly a bit hard to believe that people use them to sell books. And yet, the direct connection with your readers puts your books in front of them and cultivates a relationship that you just don’t get through Amazon or other vendors. But newsletters also come with so many questions. What do you write in them?How often do you send them?What’s the best way to get subscribers?Why do I have to give Mailchimp (or any other newsletter provider) my address? I'll answer each of these questions today, giving you the tools you need to start growing your email list. Why do I have to give my newsletter…
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