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My Author Platform 2.0

I recently decided to rebuild my website and platform. I had been using a simple WordPress site and had been paying a significant monthly fee for an email list management / bulk sending provider. I have a hosting plan and I can install WordPress on my sites, so...

Why my First Newsletter (and platform) Failed

Back in 2017 I launched my first platform. I had websites prior to that, but a platform can be so much more. Basically a system of integrated tools that provide certain services to me and my audience, a platform is where I can highlight my creative / professional work...

All up in that romance

I decided to write some romance, some hot, steamy, contemporary romance. Mmm. I finished the first book--all 80k words of it--and it's now at the proofer! I wrote the second book's outline during the 'let it sit' phase of the first book, and it's a beast: 9,500...

The Internet Marketing RPG

I've spent about 5 or 6 weeks of 12 hour days creating my author platform (my internet marketing platform); and the thing is, I DIDN'T START FROM SCRATCH. I already had a start with a couple websites, a blog, and an email list. In hindsight, it would have helped if...

No Sweat Amazon

Amazon's incentivized reviews have been the subject of media attention recently. Have no fear other indy authors; a blog post from amazon on the subject reveals that reviews for advanced reader copies (books) are being specifically allowed.