Writing

Self-Publishing: Should You Sell Your Ebook on Amazon or Your Own Website?

April 22, 2015

Most of the self-publishing success stories we hear revolve around selling books on Amazon, and for good reason: authors like Steve Scott and Mark Dawson have used the platform to bring home six-figure salaries. But if you’re considering self-publishing, you should know there is another option: selling ebooks on your own site. If you’re able to carve […]

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I’m Super Excited About What’s Launching Today: The Writer’s Bundle

March 9, 2015

Remember last year my team and I launched The Writer’s Bundle over at The Write Life? It was such a success that we decided to run it again this year — but with completely new resources and creators. And guess what… After months of organizing and planning, The Writer’s Bundle is LIVE TODAY! Like last […]

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Reflections on a Writing Retreat: A Review of The Porches in Virginia

September 24, 2014

I spent last week at a writing retreat in rural Virginia called The Porches. Unlike writing residencies and colonies I’ve attended in the past, The Porches isn’t an official program; it doesn’t have an admissions process or board of trustees. It’s simpler, and for that reason, arguably better: a beautiful, historic farmhouse where writers go […]

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The Brutal Truth: No One Will Pay You to Just Write

June 24, 2014

This week I discovered a wonderfully honest piece by Dana Sitar about how she’s disappointed with the reality of her online writing career: too little income, days full of tasks she doesn’t enjoy, and not enough writing. That’s why she began the business after all, to write. So she’s stepping back and restructuring her work, […]

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Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters: Three $75 Prizes

June 15, 2014

I am constantly in search of top-notch writers who can blog. You’d think it would be easy to find good freelancers, especially considering we want to PAY them, but the truth is, it can be a difficult task. It’s not difficult to find writers, mind you; it’s difficult to find good writers. Why do I […]

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Kindle Publishing: A Step-by-Step Guide for Selling Your Book Through Amazon

April 14, 2014

Note from Alexis: I don't typically publish guest posts, but this is an exception. This post is from one of my team members, Heather van der Hoop, who helped me self-publish my first Kindle book. Because Heather was the mastermind behind making sure we set ourselves up to succeed with this venture, I asked her […]

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Selling Books on Amazon with Kindle Publishing: Results of Our Launch

February 24, 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the launch of my first Kindle book on, You Deserve to Love Your Job! And a special thanks to those of you who left Amazon reviews — that’s what will help this book continue to succeed. Because I shared behind-the-scenes details about the creation process and […]

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What Happened When I Asked You to Vote on a Kindle Cover (And Why I Love Google Forms)

February 9, 2014

Last week I sent a poll to my newsletter subscribers asking this community to choose which cover you liked best for my first Kindle book. (If you don’t get the newsletter and want to be part of these types of experiments, you can sign up here.) While I’d hoped this poll would help me choose […]

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Why You Should Write for Free (Or What Tim Kreider Should Do Instead of Complaining)

October 29, 2013

Last weekend The New York Times featured an opinion piece called, Slaves of the Internet, Unite! The column revolved around a topic that seems to gain steam every few months: whether writers should write for free. The author, essayist Tim Kreider, argued, quite emphatically, that the answer is no. He even went so far to […]

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Writers’ Roundup: June 28

June 28, 2013

It’s been an exciting week! We had a great webinar with Ryan Ferrier of The 60-Day MBA, who’s offering a freelance edition of his course just for this community. (Signup closes Sunday!) My business, Socialexis, finally has its own site; more details in an upcoming newsletter about why we decided to go that route. And […]

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