How-To Articles

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’re probably familiar with our many exclusive tutorials and How-to articles about self-publishing, social media and anything else you might need to know more about. Now that we have such an extensive archive, we know that it might be hard to find the exact information you’re looking for, so we’ve compiled this list of all tutorials we’ve posted so far.

From now on, this list will be accessible from our blog’s sidebar, so finding the answers to your questions will be easier than ever!

Software and Apps

browse5 Great Word Processing Tools For Writing Your Novel

As great as Microsoft Office can be, not everybody can afford it, and some people just want something that will keep them a little more organized. Here we break down our favorite affordable or free programs to take Microsoft’s place.

5 Free Alternatives to Photoshop for Designing your Book Cover

Photoshop is even more expensive than Microsoft, so check out these image editing programs instead!

Top 5 Productivity Apps to Help Writers Get Motivated

Not sure how to keep on track when writing on your computer? These apps will keep you focused by getting rid of the distractions or offering you rewards.

Check Out the Top Twitter Apps For Managing Your Tweets

Let’s say you want one Twitter account for all of your personal tweets and another for a book you’d like raise awareness for. How do you manage two accounts at once? Here are the top four apps that Twitter gurus love.

 

All about computer files

File-FormatsThe Basics of Text File Formatting, from A to .ZIP

A look at all the different text files you might need to be familiar with, including DOCs, eBook files like ePUBs and MOBIs, RTFs, and HTML.

File Formatting Part 2: .JPEGs, .GIFs, and everything in between

We follow up our file breakdown with image files like JPEGs, GIFs, PDFs, TIFFs, and PNGs.

How To Convert A File To Another Format

Want to convert your DOCs to PDFs, or vice versa? We’ll teach you how.

Working on Your Book Cover

book_covers_size8What You Need To Know About Designing A Book Cover

You’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but many people do! Here we tell you the basics about what kind of things you should look for when putting your cover together so you’ll reach exactly the kind of reader you want.

10 Great Resources for Stock Images

It’s tough to navigate the world of image licensing and copyright when you want to publish for yourself. Here are some places you should check out to find quality stock images.

Do-it-yourself Book Questions

871147_paperback_booksHow to Format the Interior of Your Book

The inside of your book can be just as important as the outside. If you’re formatting it yourself, here are the guidelines you should follow.

What’s the deal with ISBNs?

All books produced through the traditional publishing house model will have an ISBN. Here we tell you all about these numbers and how important they might be when you self publish a book

Audiobooks

audiobooks-300x300What you can do with Audiobooks as a Self-Publisher

With the rise of MP3 and podcast technology, audiobooks have become much more popular than they once were. Learn about just how they can help you bring your story to more and more readers.

Recording Your Audiobook, Part 1: Setting Up

Follow these steps to make sure your space is ready before you start recording!

Recording Your Audiobook, Part 2: Performing

Now that you know where to record, we’re going to show you a few tips and tricks you need to know when you do record.

Recording your Audiobook Part 3: Editing

While it’s still a time consuming process, it’s simpler than ever to edit audio on your computer. Here are some tips to make the editing process much smoother.

Legal questions

imagesUnderstanding the basics of Copyright

It can be difficult to know your rights as a creator and feel protected. Here we’ll be discussing some of the most basic aspects of copyright that you need to know in order to self-publish your work.

More Resources for Legal and Copyright questions

Some other legal resources that might be useful to you as authors, self publishers, and even bloggers.

Web Presence

UntitledGreat Website Building Tools for your Author Website

If you’re looking to put together a website and don’t know where to start, here are some tips and tools you can use to make your site as professional as possible.

Some Simple Ways to Monetize Your Online Presence

It’s important to know the basics of which social networks are worth your time and which you can choose to forgo. Check out some of the best social networks to focus on in this post.

The Dos and Don’ts of starting your own online newsletter

When you’re a self-publisher, every penny of added income helps. Here we tell you some of the ways you can subtly and easily add revenue to your site.

imagesMaking Yourself a Wikipedia Page: Can It Be Done?

Short answer: Probably not. Read on to find out why.

How to Add a New Post on WordPress

Want to start a blog on WordPress? Here’s how you create your very first post.

Starting a Blog? Here Are 5 Platforms You Should Consider

Having a blog might be a great way to work out the kinks of your writing ability when you feel them cropping up. But where do you start? First, you have to choose which blogging platform you want to use.

Navigating your BookWorks Member Profile

Now that BookWorks has officially launched, we can show you how to get the most out of your member profile here.

Social Media

imagesAn Intro to Social Media for the Self-Publisher

Still not able to find what you were looking for? Drop us a line and let us know what you’d like us to cover!

An In-Depth Look at how to Create a Facebook Page for your Book or Self-Publishing Career

Here we show you how to create and manage a successful Facebook page for your book, from start to finish.

Got a Facebook Page? Here’s how to market it better.

Here we lay out some more detailed tips for making the most out of your Facebook brand page, all at little or no cost to you.

Hashtags, Tweets and RTs — Here Are the Twitter Terms You Need to Know

Now you’ve got a Twitter account and set up your profile page, how do you go about tweeting exactly? After all, Twitter is basically it’s own universe with a strange language and set of cultural cues. Don’t worry, though — we’re here to help you out!

What is Klout? Can It Help You Manage Your Social Media Presence?

If you’re very active on a wide range of social media networks, you’ve probably heard of the website Klout. But how successful is it at figuring out just how influential you are? Is it worth signing up for?

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Drop us a line or leave us a message in the comments and give us suggestions about what we should cover next!

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