How to Make the Most out of Existing Content

For newbie writers and bloggers, the focus on creating fresh and frequent content sometimes means we do not make the most out of existing content. We generate creative ideas, but then our ideas go undiscovered. Or we focus on the perfect selection of every word, but then our words go unread. It can be frustrating and discouraging to have valuable content under-utilized and under-read.

After we put in time and resources towards generating great and quality content for our online platforms, we are faced with the “what next” question for our content. Do we just leave this content in our article archives and have it rot away? What do we do if it doesn’t engage enough users as we wanted it to?

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Keeping up with the latest trends in digital marketing and building a strong content strategy for your website or blog can be difficult. So, we’ve prepared for you a brief summary of the most effective aspects of content strategy and 7 practical tips so you can make the most out of your existing content. Continue Reading

Top 7 Must-Use Productivity Tools for Self-Publishing Authors

I always liked pouring out in words what’s going inside my mind and heart. It gave me a sense of satisfaction, made me feel light and content. At one point I decided to leave nine to five rat races and indulge myself in something I love to do–collecting words and stringing them together.

The journey was not easy. And writing full-time wasn’t what I expected. There were days when everything I did was anything but quick or successful. After spending three years experimenting, practicing and learning new techniques, I finally managed to become both more productive and more efficient.

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There are countless tools out there to help streamline the writing process, but only a few of the productivity tools are truly fruitful for self-publishing authors. So here they are the top 7 must-have productivity tools for self-publishing authors.

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10 Unexpected Places That Can Inspire You to Write

If you’re like me, every time you step into an art museum, the years of emotions trapped in the borders of the lordly paintings and the quiet, reflective atmosphere, not only inspire you to write, but implore you to let their stories free. I get lost in the worlds of years past and my unharnessed imagination roams freely. But, apparently not everyone is like me.

“I was never a huge fan of museums,” shares Kenny, my best friend working for EssayOnTime, when I tell him that I often write there. “I think they’re dull and obscure. They never inspire me.”

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When I first heard him, I became furious. The museum has been the center of my creativity for a very long time. But then I stopped, and realized, “Hey, maybe not all people think like me.” So here I am, writing an article about inspiring places to write in, without including museums.

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How to Write and Publish an Interactive Ebook Free

You can alone write and publish an interactive ebook free with Kotobee, from beginning to end. But not all of us are multi-talented Renaissance people with the editing, design, programming and marketing skills to do it all alone. And not all budgets can afford trendy designers, expensive software and talented developers.

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Throughout all our blog posts we always make a point to point you in the direction of free alternatives. Today we’re bringing all the free resources together in one place for you. Bookmark this page, you’ll be coming back to it often throughout your ebook creating process.

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How to Brand Your Business with the Art of Storytelling

Many self-publishing authors embark on the journey to market and brand their ebooks, while leaving their talents as an author behind, and attempting to take on the persona of a marketing agent. Oddly one of the keys to success in branding is exactly what authors, even of non-fiction, excel at the most—storytelling.

Since ancient times, human beings have always been fascinated by good stories. Why this interest? Well, because when well done, it sparkles our curiosity and awakens our emotions. This art can be integrated into all forms of content in your new ‘company’ to captivate your audience: websites, blogs, social media… And if the story of your brand is appealing enough, customers will be more interested in your brand and what you’re selling. If you want to know how to brand your business with the art of storytelling, keep reading. Continue Reading

How to Optimize Images for Your Ebook

Welcome back to a three-part series on optimizing media for your ebooks. In the first post, we showed you how to optimize videos, because, of all the media types, videos need optimizing the most. If you missed it, check it out How to Optimize Videos and Add Them to Your Ebook. Today we’ll show you how to optimize images.

Image optimization means reducing the file size without reducing your image’s wow factor (or it’s informative value). There are several attributes that contribute to the size of your images’ files: physical image size, resolution and file type.  We’ll show you how the three affect the image’s file size. We’ll also give you ideal dimensions for ebook book covers, ebook app icons, and for the images inside your ebook.  Along the way we’ll give you some extra tips, and in the end you’ll get to see the results: the images and the real data. Continue Reading

6 Reasons to Have an Amazing Ebook Cover

Imagine how difficult it would be to choose an ebook if all the titles had the same old boring, plain covers. You would probably lose interest and not bother to read the summary or check if the writing style or plot interests you.

While many readers browse through the descriptions anyway, the ebook cover is more than often the first determining factor for buying any piece. Portraying the genre of the book, showing the story sense, conveying the content within, and presenting it in a way that the reader gets the gist of the book just by gazing at the cover; all of this is essential in the world of writing and publishing today.

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I’m sure we have all heard the age-old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” But, the fact of the matter is that humans are visual species, easily stimulated by compelling imagery and graphics. And not only do ebooks with appealing covers stand out, they also sell more.
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5 Tips for Print-to-Digital Writers

Print writing is becoming extinct and digital writing is growing faster than ever.  If you’re thinking of making the print-to-digital writer transition, then post is for you. It’s easy to think that writing for print and online media is the same. However, you would be making a big mistake. There are many differences that print writers interested in moving their work online should know about.

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Here are some of the most prominent tips on moving your work online. Continue Reading

Should You be Making Ebooks or Ebook Apps?

As more authors enjoy the autonomy and increased profit margin of self-publishing, ebook apps are beginning to be the go-to ebook option for many authors. Ebook apps are powerhouses next to the old standard ebook formats. With more features and more customization options, authors and readers alike are loving them. In some cases, an ebook app is overkill or won’t achieve the author’s goals. The only way to decide whether to publish your ebook as an ebook or an ebook app is to know the differences.  You need  a breakdown of all the features of ebooks and ebook apps.

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So, here it is—the definitive guide to the best ebook types and formats. As we go along, I’ll point out the advantages of each format, and you’ll start getting a clearer idea of what each format offers. By the end, you’ll know which formats are best for you and your ebook.

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Writing Contests You Need to Enter Now and in 2019

Ask any seasoned authors, how to push yourself to finish that never-ending wip and likely they’ll all tell you the same thing: writing contests. Nothing pushes anyone to get work done like a deadline. Add a monetary award to the competition and the starving artist’s hunger pains begin to subside.

Ask your friends and loved ones what they think of your writing and unless you’re lucky enough to have Pulitzer Prize winning authors for friends, they’ll probably tell you how relatable your writing it is, how it brought them to tears. While they may be the best people to start with to get that relentless support you need on tough days, if you want to up your game you’ll need more critical feedback from experts, who don’t know you and don’t care about your feelings. You need to start submitting your work to writing contests.

 

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Check out our lists of writing contests. Below is just a taster of all the opportunities out there for you to have your writing read by experts and maybe even get some recognition for your work. We’ve organized them by category and deadlines, to make sure you don’t miss a date.

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