Fiction or Nonfiction: What’s the Difference?

So you want to be a writer. But you’re not sure where to begin. Which should you write? Fiction or nonfiction? How do you know which one you’d be better at? What’s the difference between being a fiction or nonfiction writer? First, let’s start with what you probably already know: …

Our 5 Most-Read Posts of 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! 2017 is coming in with a bang! But before we look forward, let’s take a quick look backward at our most-read posts of 2016 — most-read by authors like yourself. Here is a list of the five blog posts that got the most reads in the …

What Authors Should Read: November in Review

Another month has come and gone (and we are in the midst of the holiday season). We did a lot of posting and sharing in November — both of our own content and of other sites’ interesting articles, blog posts and more. In case you missed any of it, here’s …

Web Novel: What Is It and Should You Release One?

I sometimes get asked the question: “What is a web novel?” Authors hear the term and want to know … is a web novel the same thing as an e-book? How do web novels get distributed? Here are five things you need to know about web novels, and whether or …

Marketing Your Books Through Current Events

Quick. Check out Google Trends. What do you see? In case you’re not aware of Google Trends, it’s the branch of Google that shows you which search terms are being entered the most right now. And what is the thread that always seems to carry through each and every one of them? That …

Marketing a Nonfiction Book: Using Your Website to Enhance the Journey

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: marketing a nonfiction book is totally different from marketing fiction. In the latter, your story takes people into a fictional world that gives them a break from their daily life. In the former, you’re most likely educating people on something …

5 Author Website-Related New Year’s Resolutions

2016 is rapidly approaching, and with a new year comes new goals, new technologies and new promises. With that in mind, here are five things that authors might consider making their new year’s resolution. 1. I will blog/update my site regularly. There’s a reason this is the first potential resolution on the …

5 Things I Love About Haruki Murakami’s Author Website

Very rarely do I stumble across an author website that I wish I had built myself. This was one of them. This brilliant Japanese novelist, author of Norwegian Wood and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, admits to being a bit of a recluse. And that’s what makes his …

6 Things Elizabeth Gilbert Does Right on Her Author Website (and You Can, Too)

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (known best for Eat, Pray, Love) has an amazing author website. And no, we didn’t build it. But when I stumbled upon it today, I was immediately impressed by it. Why? Here are six reasons… 1. The font and logos at the top give it some …

5 Things That Have Changed Author Websites in 2013

This is my last blog post for the calendar year! And what a year it has been! We have built more than 50 new author sites, redesigned/rebuilt dozens of others, and added a variety of social networking assistance to our services. A lot has changed in the world of author …