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Should You Have a Pen Name?

Should You Have a Pen Name?

Should a writer publish his books under his own name? That’s a good question. At first sight, you might think “why not?”. After all, who’s going to get all the credit after so much hard work? When you notice a familiar author’s name, something happens. You start...
How to Become A Six-Figure Author

How to Become A Six-Figure Author

In the never-ending battle to attract an audience, the one who determines how to control the most eyes makes the most money. In my genre, I am that person. I’m a nonfiction religious author, and for the past three years, I have consistently outsold all of my...
The Best Writing and Book Marketing Plan on the Internet

The Best Writing and Book Marketing Plan on the Internet

That title is not an exaggeration. This is literally the best, most concise, short-yet-completely-sweet marketing plan for books I’ve ever read. Best of all, it was written by a guy who, according to my KDSpy software, is making over six figures a month.  Those...
10 Awesome Resources for Every Author

10 Awesome Resources for Every Author

When it comes to self-publishing, no tools and resources are enough for writers. Men of pens want to know and use as many strategies as possible to see their works published and loved by readers. And one of those strategies could be giving manuscripts to...
5 Common Self-Publishing Fears and How to Throw Them Out

5 Common Self-Publishing Fears and How to Throw Them Out

Believe it or not, self-publishing has helped a lot of writers put forth valuable knowledge and information that wouldn’t otherwise have been easily accessible if the old-fashioned route was taken. In the past, it was necessary to get your work approved through...
Using Social Media to Network as an Author

Using Social Media to Network as an Author

It’s no secret that social media has affected the lives of many people from all around the globe. According to statistics, there will be an estimated number of 2.13 billion social media users by 2016. Among the numerous social media websites that exists today,...
12 Basic Steps to Optimize Your Website this Summer

12 Basic Steps to Optimize Your Website this Summer

Oh my goodness! Have you heard? Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines have become strict disciplinarians who don’t tolerate any nonsense. All their algorithm updates with cute names have made it harder for everyone to make it to page one of the search results....
If I Could Be Honest… (How I Feel After Advertising on Facebook)

If I Could Be Honest… (How I Feel After Advertising on Facebook)

I recently began experimenting with Facebook ads to get people to sign up for my NickThacker.com mailing list. I offered ALL THREE of my first thrillers (The Golden Crystal, The Depths, and The Enigma Strain) to anyone who signed up at NickThacker.com/free-books. My...
Bestselling Book Cover Design: What You Need to Know

Bestselling Book Cover Design: What You Need to Know

To go with our recently-published Self-Publishing Answers podcast episodes on great book cover design, we thought it would be cool to offer this guest post to sort of “round things out.” Enjoy! Invariably the number one challenge for self-publishers is...
How to Use a Mind Map to Start Your Book

How to Use a Mind Map to Start Your Book

Do you want to be a writer? Have you been in two minds about whether to start your own book? There is a story in every person. Every soul wants to come out and tell the world what their heart and soul is shouting. It’s no wonder that many people today are aspiring...
Writer’s Block: An Inevitable Slump

Writer’s Block: An Inevitable Slump

Writers often stumble upon working unproductive minutes, or even hours just blankly staring at the computer screen with nothing to write. This phenomenon, which sucks the life of both established and up-and-coming writers, is termed as the “writer’s block.” In this...
How to Write 5000 Words Every Day (Or Even More)

How to Write 5000 Words Every Day (Or Even More)

There is one common problem that all writers are facing: they need to increase the volume of pages they produce within a day if they want to make more money. However, higher productivity may come at the cost of quality. As you try to write more, it seems like you’re...
The Author’s (Post) Christmas List

The Author’s (Post) Christmas List

Well, the holidays are upon us, and I hope you’re prepared and ready to take some well-deserved time off from work, rest, and relax with family and friends. Hopefully you’ve got a tall stack of books and magazine to read, video games to play, movies to...
Becoming a Successful Writer without Writing Every Day

Becoming a Successful Writer without Writing Every Day

One of the common pieces of advice given to those interested in becoming a writer is that they should write every single day. In fact, many famous writers give that advice themselves when they are asked. Why is this the case? First, writing, much like photography, is...
10 Ways to Inspire Your Writing

10 Ways to Inspire Your Writing

Writer’s block is a phenomenon that disables any writer, new or well-seasoned. Whether you’re stuck in the middle of your next novel or you’re just looking for a way to get in the habit of daily writing, here are ten tips to help you get inspired and create something...
10 Elements of the Perfect Writing Environment

10 Elements of the Perfect Writing Environment

In my ten years of writing I noticed that I tend to write better in some environments, less well in others. This piece summarizes my observations. Hopefully it will help you create that perfect writing environment where words just seem to flow effortlessly. Attire You...

7 Things I’ve Learned Self-Publishing Books

In 2011, I began a journey that hasn’t ended yet: I started writing my first thriller novel, and my first-ever attempt at writing fiction, The Golden Crystal. I wasn’t planning on publishing it beyond having a couple hardcover copies printed: one for my...
It’s So Much Easier Not To…

It’s So Much Easier Not To…

I’m writing this post after having a long, drawn-out argument. With myself.  Actually, I’m still having the argument, and I feel like I’m losing (funny how that works, right?). I’m losing an argument with myself. The glass-half-full folks out...
A Writer’s Workflow: How I Work

A Writer’s Workflow: How I Work

Click here to download the full-res infographic of the Writer’s Workflow! I can’t speak for any other writers, but I certainly have writing habits. Some are great, but others… aren’t. This post is about those habits, deadlines, goals, and...