Blogging Can Be Important

Okay, if you’re writing a bazillion words a day, and you’re so exhausted, you keep spacing-out at the keyboard, blogging may not sound like a red-hot idea. In fact, if it takes time/focus/energy away from your books, give it a pass. When you have assistants to help you, revisit this. For the rest of us …

Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy Backgrounds

This almost slipped past me. It’s a Design Cuts freebie, good through Friday, 29 Jun 2018: https://www.designcuts.com/product/northern-night-digital-paper/ It’s gorgeous artwork suggesting fantasy and sci-fi themes. Ideal for backgrounds. Skilled Photoshop (etc.) artists could probably use some of them as overlays, with editing/cropping.

Cover Designs – Be Current and Look Cool

Whenever I’m planning a book, I often start with the cover. Sure, I may change it after I finish the book, but the cover design often helps me understand what I hope to convey in the book. For starters, I check three resources: Yasiv.com – to see books like what I’m writing, and books that …

Dave Chesson’s Advice

If you’re not reading Dave Chesson’s advice and listening to his podcasts, you probably should be. Today, I nodded in agreement with his evaluation of Grammarly, especially the fact that 95% of writers need only the free edition. (I tried the paid version and wasn’t impressed.) Also, I use Dave’s KDP Rocket software to evaluate …

Author Brand Resource

Right now, I’m reading an essential book on my Kindle Fire, and taking pages & pages of notes. It’s “Creating Your Author Brand,” by Kristine K. Rusch. I recommend buying it, and blocking out a day or two (or more) to go through it. This is especially true if you’re tired of writing books that …

An Easier, Short-Term GDPR Solution

It’s looking like the WP GDPR FIX plugin may be more useful than it seemed yesterday. But, with over 20 sites to make GDPR compliant, I don’t have time to set up that many customized pages, right now.  (I will, in the coming weeks, and the plugin will keep me focused on the to-do list …

GDPR Compliance

After delaying this as long as possible, this is the week I’m working on making my websites – starting with my main author websites – GDPR compliant. It’s even more tedious than I expected. I did buy the “WP GDPR Fix” plugin, because it looked like it would make related tasks simpler. Well… it does, …

Good Subtitles for Your Videos

I’m building a YouTube channel for my readers, and I was intrigued by VideoRobot, but the marketing bothered me. It’s another one of those products where the sales page leads you to think you’ll get features that only come with the upsell. (That always annoys me, so I’m a careful shopper.) However, while researching VideoRobot, I …

Free 3D Book Cover Graphics!

Derek Murphy just created a free tool that will save you money, if you’ve been paying someone at Fiverr (etc.) for this service. It turns your book cover (print or digital) into a graphic that looks like a three-dimensional book cover. Derek’s tool is in the cloud, which means you can use it with both …

Video Robot…? Maybe Not.

I fell in love with the features I saw on the VideoRobot sales page. I thought I could combine it with videos I’m making in Movavi, and add cool text effects. Maybe even some text-to-speech, especially in other languages. Then, browsing related YouTube tutorials, I discovered that VideoRobot is designed for short sales videos. Really …