Author: Jennifer Mattern

  • Quick Tip: Find Out Where You Waste the Most Time

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2014
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    In July's writing challenge, we focused on productivity. And I think a follow-up quick tip is a good way to close things out. Even if you didn't take part in this month's challenge you can use one of these techniques on your own time. The best thing you can do if you want to improve your productivity as a writer […]
  • Vote to Decide August’s Monthly Writing Challenge

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 25, 2014
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    As you might know, we kicked off monthly writing challenges here this month. July's challenge was a productivity challenge where participants would use a time tracker or a word count tracker to see where their time was really going (such as "wasting" thousands of words a week on emails -- guilty here). The idea was to find out where we're […]
  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 24, 2014
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    As of today, indie authors can qualify for either active or affiliate member status with the Horror Writers Association (HWA) based on earnings from their self published books. Previously, the only way to earn these member statuses from your books was to work through a traditional publisher. I'm particularly happy about this change for a few reasons: I'm an indie author […]
  • Recommended Resource: NameSilo for Domain Registrations

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 23, 2014
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    If you've been a long-time reader, you probably know I run a lot of websites. And you might have seen me mention that GoDaddy was my registrar of choice (or at least the one I used and recommended). For years, GoDaddy had the best deals. While that might not matter much if you only need to register a few domains […]
  • Quick Tip: Speed Up Your WordPress Blog by Identifying Slow Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 22, 2014
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    I constantly run speed tests on my websites and blogs. I tweak settings, monitor changes after updates, and look for ways to keep making improvements. There is always room for improvement, and I find that my biggest speed issues tend to surface after running updates. If you're having speed issues with your WordPress blog, chances are good the problem stems from your […]
  • Ten Reasons to Launch an Author Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 21, 2014
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    If you’re an author, you've probably heard that you should consider having a blog. Some authors swear by them. Others swear them off as a distraction and waste of time. But the marketing value of blogs is undeniable, and they can be effective promotional tools for both nonfiction and fiction authors. In a future post we'll take a look at some of […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Media Directories to Find Freelance Writing Clients

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2014
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    For this week's quick tip, I'd like to bring up an oldie but goodie -- a tip I've been passing along to freelance writers for years, coming from my background in PR. Instead of using the same writer's market lists that most other freelancers are also using, find new prospects in media directories instead.  How Media Directories Are Different Media […]
  • Melissa Breau on Writing and Editing

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 14, 2014
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    I was recently contacted by fellow writer, Melissa Breau. She was in the process of making some changes in her business, and as a result she no longer wanted to publish some of the content on her professional blog. Melissa made the suggestion of archiving her old content, written mostly for authors, here at All Indie Writers. I took her […]
  • Get APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur FREE From BookBaby

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 10, 2014
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    Each week I try to release a new freebie developed just for All Indie Writers readers. But this week I want to do something a bit different. I want to pass along an awesome deal that came through to my inbox this morning. If you're thinking about becoming an indie author, no doubt you've heard about APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by […]
  • Quick Tip: Promote Your Writing With a Monthly Marketing Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2014
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    Here's a quick tip about how you can more effectively promote your writing every month, whether that means marketing your freelance writing services, your books, or your blogs. Use a monthly marketing calendar. What's the Point of a Monthly Marketing Calendar? A monthly marketing calendar gives you an easy way to keep all of your marketing information on one handy […]