Author: Jennifer Mattern

  • Ad-Supported Content as a Blog Business Model [Podcast]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2015
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    In this week's podcast I expand upon the topic of blog revenue, which I covered in a January episode. While I touch on a variety of business model options for bloggers, the episode pays particular attention to turning your blog into a direct business model in its own right through ad-supported content and premium features. Then, I tackle a community […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your Personal Information When Registering a Domain Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 14, 2015
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    Spam sucks. So does physical junk mail. And I get a crap-ton of it on a regular basis (that's the official measurement scale for junk mail, really). Here's why I get so much more garbage than my family and friends: I registered a domain name. Actually, I've registered hundreds of them over the years, but all it takes is one to let […]
  • Show Off Your Manuscript and Book Marketing Plan in the Publish or Perish Writing Contest

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 13, 2015
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    Let me say up front that I'm not a fan of writing contests. You will almost never see me promote them. Yet I'm going to share one with you today. I'm not being paid to promote it. I have no ties to the company running it other than the fact that they emailed me a copy of their press release. […]
  • Weekend Reading: Books for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
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    This week we're going to do something a little bit different for the Weekend Reading series. Instead of pointing you to a few blog posts, I'd like to share a few recommended books for authors. Some of these are specific to either fiction or nonfiction authors. Others are beneficial no matter what kinds of books you write. These are just […]
  • The History of the English Language [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 12, 2015
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    I've been meaning to kick off a new, light, post series here for a while -- one where I share a bite-sized bit of actionable information, or even something that's simply entertaining. Most of these posts will be infographics -- some which I'll create and some from third party sources that I found interesting or helpful. Here is the first […]
  • What do You Want From a Scrivener Mystery Novel Template?

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 8, 2015
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    I've been working this week on the next Scrivener template in my writers' resource collection -- a mystery novel template. While it won't be ready for release this week, I want to give you a chance to weigh in. Tell me what you want from a template. What would help you write your next mystery novel? When I was moving the first […]
  • Quick Tip: Pursue International Freelance Writing Clients

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 7, 2015
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    I can't remember where I read it now -- maybe on a blog, maybe on Reddit. But a few days ago I saw someone complaining about international freelancers. In this case they were talking about freelance development work and all of the competition they faced from overseas. This is something I see all the time. But then the conversation flipped. […]
  • 10 Podcasts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 6, 2015
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    Where do you get most of your writing and business-related tips? If you're anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time reading books and blog posts. But sometimes you just want to give your eyes a rest or keep the information flowing even when you're out and about. That's where podcasts come in. You can listen to them […]
  • How to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile-Friendly Fast

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 5, 2015
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    On April 21st, just a couple of weeks away, Google is scheduled to roll out a new search algorithm update. This update focuses on mobile searches, and Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor. What does this mean? If you get traffic from smartphones (it apparently doesn't apply to tablet searches), and if your WordPress site isn't mobile-friendly, […]
  • Is AutoCrit a Good Fit for Indie Authors? (Review)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2015
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    Some authors love the revision process. Some, not so much. I fall in the latter group. But if there's one thing I dislike more than working on revisions, it's the idea of automating the process with software. Revisions aren't only about spelling and grammar. They're also about improving the flow of a story and making better word choices, even if […]