Adding a “My Books” Tab to Your Facebook Page

Guest Blog by author Patricia McLinn Some people play Facebook like a Stradivarius. Me? More like a one-fingered piano-player wearing boxing gloves. Then I saw a Tweet by Harlequin Presents author Lynn Raye Harris about how she’d created a tab on her Facebook page listing all her books, with cover art, plus links to purchase. […]

Facebook Tip: How to Hide Your Personal Profile

Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors asking how to hide their personal profile page on Facebook. Today’s tip — provided by Novelist Inc. member Lauren Dane — will tell you how to do that. First, though, for those who are new to Facebook, I’ll explain why you’d want to hide your profile. Facebook has […]

The Ebook Revolution Sweeping the Publishing World

People predicted it for years, but most authors published by traditional print houses tuned it out as annoying chatter. As recently as a year ago, I and others had the same prejudice against self publishing and ebooks that I had ten years ago…Well, my friends, the wave of the future has crashed over our heads. The world of publishing is changing even as I type this.

Make Your Bookcover 3D!

Last night, I discovered the coolest site for downloading free templates that let you turn a flat book cover into something that looks 3D. I’ve added it to my Author Resources, but I think it’s so cool, I had to pop in and share the link here as well. It’s posted below, but here is […]

Do Authors Really Need Social Networking?

In a word, yes! But don’t just take my word for it. Neil Nyren, Senior Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Penguin Putnam, talked about the importance of an author’s web presence in an interview at, a blog about “Mysteries, Murder, and Marketing.”

Secrets to Successful Blogging, Part 2

How to Increase Traffic If you blog it, will they come? Better yet, will they comment, interact, and come back? Authors, whatever type of blog you have, whether it’s an extension of your fictional world, a fun place for you to interact with readers, or an informative blog, like this one, here are five quick […]

Secrets to Successful Blogging, Part 1

To blog or not to blog: that is a question many authors face. Finding the answer is about as easy as answering Hamlet’s question on whether ‘tis nobler to live or die. I will say this, for all but a very few authors at the top, having no online presence in today’s Internet-driven world may […]

What’s the Point of Using Twitter?

“I just don’t get Twitter.” I have heard that baffled statement and cry of frustration so many times in recent weeks, I feel like there’s a cosmic echo. Most recently, I heard it from my good friend, Barbara Calderaro, who’s a fabulous singer here in Austin. (Barb and the Dave Cummings Band are the ones […]

Facebook 201: Creating an Author Fan Page

Will everyone who finds Facebook confusing and frustrating please raise your hand? Ah-ha! I see I’m not alone. When I opened my Facebook account and started sending out friend requests to fellow authors, I kept getting responses back inviting me to join their Fan Page. I immediately thought, “I’m an author. I want one of […]