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...
Social Media: How Writers Should Interact

Social Media: How Writers Should Interact

Whether it is Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Google +, social media has invaded our everyday lives. Everyone hears about the latest books, feuds between authors, and leaks almost the instant it happens, so the way we present ourselves on social media is...
I’m Giving My Book Away… So You Can Win A Kindle Fire HD

I’m Giving My Book Away… So You Can Win A Kindle Fire HD

Last October, I was approached by Amazon Publishing to write a book in A.G. Riddle’s Atlantis world. It would be my first “traditionally-published” book deal, and they were going to pay me to finish it. The catch? I had a month.  Not only was I...
How to Promote A Book: 3 Steps

How to Promote A Book: 3 Steps

The marketing work you put forth before, during and after your book launch will make or break your book’s success. It’s never enough to publish a book and hope for the best in today’s competitive marketplace. You’re competing with thousands of other titles. A...