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

Author Spotlight: Writing a Memoir with Lisa Marie

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Lisa Marie Runfola is a world traveler, a mother of five, and the author of A Limitless Life in a Powerless World: A Memoir, released in February 2019. We first met her in the Fall of 2017, when she scheduled a call to talk with one of our Publishing Consultants. From our first phone call, … Read more

How to Make Money Writing Books

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Back in college I took a class on the great works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Never had two more romantic figures entered my view. Starving artists just trying to find a clean, well-lighted place to write. Parisian nights and Barcelona days. Champagne and cigarettes; war and women. My schoolgirl heart was enchantée, to say the … Read more

Key Insider Tips about Traditional Publishing

Key Insider Tips about Traditional Publishing

Most of the aspiring authors I talk to want very much to be published by a traditional publisher right now. You may understand the feeling. (I certainly do!) And, there’s often a lot these hardworking, big-dreaming authors don’t yet know about how the biz works. Today I’m offering some key insider tips about the traditional … Read more