How to Choose a Theme for Your Memoir

If you’re anything like me, you can while away an entire weekend with a bottomless cup o’ tea and an amazing memoir. And for us personal transformation junkies, memoir is a double hit of goodness. How so? The best memoirs center on the author’s biggest, most important process of transformation. That transformation may be positive … Read more

An 18-Month Book Launch Plan that Works!

By the time I launched my first book, I had already been in the industry for 20 years. So I’d had the great fortune of seeing what had worked for other people—and what hadn’t. Suffice it to say, I’d learned a lot. Including the fact that an author’s work doesn’t stop when the book is … Read more

How to Nail Your Book Cover Design (With Five Examples of What Not to Do)

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, we need to sit down and have a heart to heart. It’s about your book cover. I know, you probably don’t have a book cover yet. But that’s actually perfect. Now is the time for you to hear what I have to tell you. The tough-love truth goes … Read more

What It’s Like to Record An Audiobook (My Personal Story)

This has been a big year for me and KN Literary arts. Lots of growth and change on all fronts. (More on that as the year winds down!) But when I look back on some of my favorite moments, one stands out in particular: Recording the audiobook of The Book You Were Born to Write! … Read more

The Ultimate Author’s Guide to Creating an Audiobook: An Interview with Steve Morris

Steve Morris is the Senior Audio Engineer at Hay House. He helps create top-quality audiobooks for some of the best self-help authors in the industry. Not long ago I was lucky enough to get to work with him on my own audiobook for The Book You Were Born to Write! I learned so much in … Read more

Three Unexpected Ways That You Can Make Money Off of Your Book

It may sound counterintuitive, but making money from your “paper book” is the last thing I want an aspiring author to be thinking about. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with daydreaming about books flying off shelves—and money flying into your pocket. But I’ve been in the book business long enough to know that … Read more

Children’s Books FAQ

In conversations with thousands of authors, we’ve found that many have at least this in common: They loved reading, even before they could read. Most of us can look back to our own childhood and find the seeds of who we would become between the worn covers of our most beloved picture books. And it’s … Read more

Five Steps to Build Your Editing Skills

What if I told you that to become an author, you have to become an editor as well? An editor?! Isn’t that what you hire someone else to do for you? Well, yes. But the art of editing is something every author should dip a toe into. Self-editing is a critical mid-step as you prepare to bring the … Read more

How to Become a Good Writer: Three Success Habits

“How do I become a good writer?!” If you have a burning desire to some day hold a published book in your hands, you may be asking this question. In that case, I’m about to get all Yoda on you. Simply said, “To be, you must do.” A large part of becoming better at anything … Read more