17 Gifts Every Author Secretly Wants

Writers aren’t the easiest people to shop for. We rarely go out in public. We mumble a lot. Curse at fictional characters. But we do LOVE thoughtful little gifts that remind us that there is a world out there, full of people who love us, and who are willing to overlook our idiosyncrasies.

Earning 6-figures on a backlist book…

A year ago, I published a passion project called The Ghostwriter. It was a story that was begging to be told, but one I didn't think would appeal to my followers.

My audience had been built on sexy romance novels, and I didn't think ANY of them would be interested in a trigger-loaded, emotional suspense about a terminally ill author hiding a secret.

When BOO can be BAD...

Unless you're Dean Koontz or Steven King - scaring readers isn't what most authors hope for. Yet, that's what so many of us do! We scare readers away from our books. You might be doing it RIGHT NOW, and not even realize it.

Amazon Ads

One powerful tool during your book's release week (or at any point in a book's life cycle) is Amazon's AMS paid ads.

There are two types: Sponsored Products and Product Display Ads.

KDP Print vs Createspace

For a long time, I've been watching KDP's Print platform, assuming that Amazon would eventually nix the Createspace model (which works so well!) and put all of their print-on-demand paperbacks into the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) model. 

It's finally happened.

Fighting Piracy

Book pirates. They don't ride on ships, there's no bodice-ripping or treasure chests, but their nickname still fits because they are going to steal your ebook. It's a guarantee. They are going to steal it, and post it online for others to download for free.

So, when that happens, what should you do? 

Can you buy bestseller status?

I've got my Mega Millions ticket in hand, fingers and toes crossed, and am firmly convinced my lucky six numbers will hit it big and deliver me a $375M payday. As soon as I deposit my lotto check, I’ll be vomiting cash at my novels in glorious fashion. 

Here's what I'd do if money was no object:

30 minutes to Improve Instagram

Instagram is quickly becoming my favorite social media platform. It's drama-free, visually inspiring, and allows me to see a more personal side. But it does have its limitation, and here is a 30-minute solution that can help convert your Instagram posts into sales!