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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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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When You Have to Admit You’ve Failed

February 18, 2013

The blogosphere is full of posts about failure. About how you have to face failure if you want to succeed. About how the biggest successes stem from failures. About how no one succeeds without failing. In fact, I’d even say it’s actually hip to write about failure. But here’s the catch: most bloggers write about […]

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6 Tips for Creating and Selling Your First EBook

October 17, 2012

Now that I’ve been creating and selling digital guides and courses for more than a year, I’ve identified a handful of things I wish I knew when I started. We’ll go over these and more — oh, wayyy more — in a webinar next week. And yes, it’s totally and utterly FREE! Sign up to […]

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2 Big Ideas for Self-Publishing Your Book

June 26, 2012

Much of my work is a big experiment around self-publishing informational ebooks. But I also follow self-publishing trends for the industry as a whole, partly in case one day I choose to self-publish my travel memoir. What’s the difference between what I’m doing now and self-publishing a memoir? People buy info guides because they want […]

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Q&A: Smart Self-Publishing with Lisa McKay

June 20, 2012

Don’t you love when an online friend becomes an in-person friend? That’s what happened when I finally had coffee with Lisa McKay, face-to-face, during her recent visit to Washington, D.C. Lisa lives in Laos, but we’ve been following each others’ blogs and corresponding via email about our memoirs for years. When Lisa told me she […]

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We Need a Better Filter for Self-Published Books

June 11, 2012

Years ago, when someone wrote a book, you knew it was probably decent. Just because of the mere fact that it existed, that a publishing house had bothered to put it on shelves, you knew it had merit. Now, with the ease of self-publishing, anyone can publish a book. This is fabulous for so many […]

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How EBooks Can Complement Your Traditional Writing

May 21, 2012

Speaking of ebooks, I’m offering a pre-launch sale on my next two ebooks to my newsletter subscribers tomorrow. One’s about how to create a social media strategy, the other’s about finding freedom in your life by working for yourself. If you’re not already on the newsletter list and want access to this discount, you can […]

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