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10 Reasons Every Author Should Use ConvertKit for Email Marketing

Enjoy this post? Get the course FREE! Note: this blog post is a follow up to last weeks article about how to build an authors website. You can find that post here. While the focus is on authors, the fact is this: ConvertKit works just as well for professional bloggers, podcasters, digital product creators, course creators, service providers, and more.Also, I’ve used my affiliate link...

How to Create a Bestselling Author Website

Get this: In 2012, 391,000 books were self-published in the US alone. That number increased to more than 458,564 by 2013 (a 17% increase in self-published books year over year). If this pace continues (and it looks to), in 2015 there will be 1,728 books self-published daily, or about one book published every minute. Oh, and these stats only refer to books that are tracked by Bowker…and only...

The Author’s Guide to Building an Email List (and selling more books)

Fact: 1/3rd of all self-published authors earn less than $500 a year from their publishing efforts. Take that in for a moment… $500. That’s not even enough money to pay for a single month’s rent in most major cities. This makes sense when you consider that 80% of books tracked by Nielson Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies in 2004. In other words, 4 out of 5 books won’t even hit triple digit sales...

When Crowdfunding Fails (in-depth case study)

Tom’s Note: this is a guest post from Matthew Turner, the indomitable author of The Successful Mistake. I don’t normally take guest posts, but Matthew’s article hit a nerve with me as I’ve dealt with a lot of failure in my life. If you’ve ever felt like quitting when things get tough, this article is for you. Read this. Bookmark the page. And then share with people...

Starting Fires

In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I’ve gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn’t shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I want to put this in context: I first read this book when I was a 20 year old West Point cadet. At the...

5 Reasons You Should Write (and Publish) Your Work

Ever since I can remember, I loved the idea of being a writer. After all, how cool would it be to create something as epic as The Lord of the Rings, or The Chronicles of Narnia, or Gates of Fire and know that this amazing story came from you? But time passed and I never did write my great novel… Sure, I made some half-hearted attempts; a few paragraphs here, a few sketches there…but...

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