• Take the “Write Every Day” Challenge

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 20, 2014
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    At some point I'm sure you've been told that writers should write every day if they want to be successful. I don't personally believe that. But I do believe in doing whatever works best to motivate you. If sticking to a strict daily writing schedule is helpful to you, or if you're looking to try something new to motivate yourself, […]
  • Quick Tip: Conduct an Author Website Audit

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 19, 2014
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    It's not enough to simply have an author website. You need to make sure the website you have actually works for you. It has to reach whatever goals you set for it. And if it's not currently doing that, you should consider making some changes. Not sure if your author website needs work? Conduct a simple website audit to find out. What is a […]
  • Interview with Michael Kwan, Freelance Writer and Author

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 18, 2014
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    Let's welcome Michael Kwan, freelance writer and author of Beyond the Margins: An Indispensable Guide for First-Time Freelance Writers, Designers, and Other Work-From-Home Professionals. Michael sent me a copy of the e-book for review, and he graciously took the time to answer some of my questions. Beyond the Margins focuses on beginning freelancers and offers a well-rounded look at the choices to be made and the work […]
  • Have Writing Questions? Get Featured on the All Indie Writers Podcast

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 16, 2014
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    If you follow the news and updates in the writing forums, you might already know that I'm getting ready to finally launch my podcast series. The podcast, like the rest of the site, will explore issues related to freelance writing, blogging, and indie publishing (especially book marketing). Things are coming along beautifully. The intro and outro were recently completed, several […]
  • Same-Day Delivery, Book Buying Habits, and Indie Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 14, 2014
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    The other day I was reading an article about Google working with Barnes and Noble to offer same-day delivery of books in a few locations. It's no secret that Amazon is also keen on making same-day delivery a reality for more shoppers. And it got me wondering. How might the rise of same-day deliveries affect book buying habits, and how […]
  • Free Word Count Calendar for a New Writing Challenge

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 13, 2014
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    As mentioned before, new writing challenges are being added to the All Indie Writing community. While originally planned as monthly challenges, they're now being set up early and opened to anyone who wants to take them, whenever they want. You can find these in the writing challenges section of the forum where you can follow others' challenge progress, track and […]
  • Bloggers: Get More Twitter Mentions and Followers with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 12, 2014
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    Whether you're a professional blogger or you simply have a blog attached to your freelance writer or author website, chances are good you have social media sharing buttons attached to each post. And if not, you should. They're simple tools that allow your readers to easily spread the word about your posts. Yet I see bloggers make a common mistake […]
  • 7 Time Management Tools for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2014
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    As a freelance writer do you ever feel like you aren't working to your full potential -- that you could get more work done if you could just eliminate some distractions and improve your productivity a bit? Fortunately there are plenty of time management tools that can help you do that. Today I'd like to share some of my favorite […]
  • Amazon Tries to Manipulate Indie Authors in Hachette Dispute

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 9, 2014
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    Warning: If you have a problem with profanity, this post isn't for you. For any of my readers who are sick and tired of hearing about the Amazon-Hachette e-book pricing bullshit, let me start with an apology. I'm sorry for bringing that topic here. I'm sick of it too. I've tried to stay out of the issue thus far because […]
  • Paid Book Reviews and Potential Google Penalties

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 7, 2014
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    While checking my feed reader this morning, I came across this post by Cate Baum at SelfPublishingReview.com: Why Pay for a Book Review? Now I've made my feelings about paid book reviews clear here before in: Should Indie Authors Pay for Book Reviews? [Hint: No.] And I went so far as to put my decade-long history in financially-successful Web publishing […]