The 5 Minute WordPress Setup Guide: Module 1 of the Author Website Toolkit

Download Module 1 The 5 Minute WordPress Setup GuideDo you want a Professional Author Website but have no idea where to start?

A professional website is a critical piece of your promotional strategy and every author should have one. If you’ve been procrastinating on setting yours up (or just hanging onto that blogspot site) because:

  • you don’t want to hire an expensive designer
  • you don’t want to spend hours digging through google trying to figure out how to do it on your own

Then the Author Website Toolkit is for you. (You can find out more about the Author Website Toolkit & access additional modules by clicking here. All available free of charge.)

The Author Website Toolkit

At the Self Publishing Toolkit, my mission to simplify the tasks associated with publishing and promoting your book so I’m rolling out a brand new kit: The AUTHOR WEBSITE TOOLKIT. 

This multi-module kit will take you through building an author website from the ground up even if you have no technical experience whatsoever. Each step is clearly explained paired with an illustration to make building your site as easy as possible.

And best of all? When you are done, you’ll have a website that is easy to main on your own without having to pay hefty designer fees for simple updates.

Module 1: The 5 Minute WordPress Setup Guide

I’m starting things out with this quick and easy guide to getting your own domain, hosting and setting up your site.

Can you really do it in 5 minutes? Absolutely!

WordPress gives you the freedom and flexibility to design your site any way you want to and I’ll show you how, step by step.

Module 1 will show you how to:

  • buy your domain and hosting (includes a money saving coupon!)
  • install WordPress in just a few clicks (and less than 5 minutes!)
  • set up your email through your new domain (so you can have a professional author email like

Ready to get started? Click here or on the image to access the Guide!

You can access the rest of the Author Website Toolkit by clicking here.



Secrets for Finding (Cheap) Fabulous Images for your Blog (or Website)

Find Cheap, Fabulous Images for Your Blog!

Read on to Find Cheap, Fabulous Images for Your Blog!

This post became unintentionally long so I’ve linked a table of contents at the top. You can also download this tutorial as a PDF for ease of use.


Part One: Finding Inexpensive Images

Part Two: How to Insert an Image & Optimize an Image with WordPress

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Part One: Finding Inexpensive Images

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Images make your website an inviting, attractive place to be. They have the power to convince someone to compel a reader to read a post, to get to know you and to buy your book.

Images influence readers and increase the trust your reader places in you. The most read text on a website is the caption under your images. In fact, if you want people to do a particular thing on your site (like sign up for your mailing list) place an image of an arrow pointing to that particular activity. (You could also place a photo of a person looking at the form.) This is called line of sight and it works!

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3 Ways Your Book Can Sell Itself

3 Ways Your Book Can Sell ItselfYour book is the best sales tool in your promotional arsenal. Leveraging the front and back matter of your book can help you to sell more books. Below you’ll find the three key areas you can utilize to increase your future book sales.

1. Your ‘Look Inside’ Sample

This is your first chance to grab a reader, so make sure you have a good sample available for them to check out. (The sample is the first 10% of your book.) Keep your front matter, acknowledgements and review snippets to a minimum in order to allow maximum space for your actual book.

If you’ve published a short book, short story or novella that is less than 40 pages, your sample may be brief or non-existent. If this is the case, consider packaging multiple short stories into one volume or writing a longer book. If readers are unable to sample your work, they are unlikely to hit that buy button.

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When you have more than one book for sale, make sure to include a teaser chapter for one of your other books in your back matter. Choose an intriguing, short excerpt and add a clear call to action and buy link at end of the sample.

This book sample doesn’t have to be long nor does it have to be the first chapter or introduction of your next book. Pick a standout section of your book that will leave readers wanting more. Make sure to include your excerpt in your table of contents so readers aren’t mislead about the length of your book. And don’t forget to include a “buy this book” link at the end of your sample!

3. Links 

Include a direct link to your Author Central Page on Amazon. When your reader clicks on this link, they’ll be instantly transported to a complete list of the books you have for sale. This page is optimized to sell you and your book and you can add all sorts of personalized content, including your recent blog posts and tweets. By including this one link, you’re actually linking to your website, twitter and putting them on a page where they can buy your other titles.

Take a few minutes to give your book a quick check-up using these tips. Streamlining your book’s front and back matter could have a great impact on your future sales.

Send to Kindle: New Plugin for Your Author Website

New Send to Kindle AppSend to Kindle is a new plugin from Amazon. The plugin places a button before and/or after a post that allows a reader to send content from your website to their Kindle for later reading. You can see it in action at the top of this post.

For WordPress users, you can get the plugin through your WP dashboard. Just click Plugins>Add New and then search for “Add to Kindle.” It will pop right up. Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you’ll see the brown Kindle Icon in your WP menu on the left side of the screen near the bottom of the list. Click that to configure it. You can decide whether you want the button before or after your posts, or like me, both places.

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Non WordPress websites go here.

Letting users clip content from your site is a great advantage! Click for more info about Author Websites.

You can also pick up additional apps for your browser, desktop, email and android device here:

The official announcement is here.

4 Twitter Mistakes that Cost You Followers

4 Twitter Mistakes that Cost You FollowersSometimes knowing what not to do is as instructive as what to do. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the four Twitter mistakes that cost you followers.

Protecting Your Tweets

Your (author) Twitter account should be as welcoming as possible. Potential readers check out your stream before they follow you to see what you are up to, make sure you aren’t a spammer and tweet about interesting things they want to know more about. Twitter displays an unfriendly lock next to your account when you have protected tweets and the idea of getting approved is intimidating to a lot of people so they’ll just skip right over your profile and on to the next one.

When your account is protected, Twitter and Google can’t access the content, so you won’t get any follow recommendations and hashtags are worthless. You cannot @ mention someone who is not a follower and have it show up in their stream. (@mentions are a great way to touch base with individuals that have a greater reach than you do.)  Protecting your tweets limits what you can do as well as your ability to get more followers, so un-protect your tweets and let the world hear what you have to say!

Using True-Twit Validation

The idea behind True Twit (getting Twitter spam under control) is noble, but the execution not so great when you want people to follow you. The simple solution to this problem is to pay attention to who you are following and don’t follow spammers back. The burden of maintaining your Twitter account should be on you, not your potential followers.

When you require someone to go through several steps to do something, the chances they’ll abandon it mid-process is high. (Hence 1-click on Amazon!) By the time your potential follower gets your DM, they may not even remember why they wanted to follow you in the first place. And then you have readers who don’t even bother to check DMs, so do your readers a favor and ditch the validation.

Wasting Your Profile Space

You have 160 characters to tell potential readers what you have to offer them. Don’t waste this space with random information that tells a reader nothing about your books! Tease them a little, offer them a treat for visiting your site and give them a reason to click follow. Communicate the genre you write in and your most current title. Include a link to your website. Twitter allows you to do this in addition to the 160 characters so there is no reason to leave it out.

You should also use your keywords in your profile. (Still need to find your keywords? Go here.) Twitter uses that information to recommend potential people for users to follow and other services like Klout use your Twitter profile information for use on their site.

Tweeting Inconsistently/Tweeting Garbage

Millions of tweets flood twitter every day and it can be hard to be heard above all that noise, but you can distinguish yourself by tweeting consistently. Use HootSuite to pre-schedule a set of tweets for each day of the week. You will have to create interesting content on your website to direct readers to as well as tweet other random bits of information like quotes (quotes will get you retweeted!), book recommendations and the like. Because you are pre-scheduling the tweets, take some time and create high quality, interesting tweets for your followers.

When I first heard about scheduling tweets, I was skeptical. I thought it was impersonal and spammy but I gradually came to realize that the Twitter people that I interacted with most frequently were those who managed to be at the top of my stream whenever I popped over to Twitter–and these were the people who were scheduling their tweets to go out throughout the day instead of whenever the spirit moved Names on the Cup 2017 online

Once you have a set of tweets scheduled, you can continue to tweet randomly throughout the day. Instead of tweeting in huge clumps, use the scheduling function in HootSuite to take care of sending out your tweets. HootSuite will figure out the best time so it gets the most exposure. (It uses your Twitter stream activity to figure this out.) How great is that?

Limit your hashtags to 3 or less per tweet. I like to keep mine at 1, but sometimes I get excited and go overboard. And while it is nice to welcome new followers, don’t do it in your main Twitter stream, especially if you are going to thank a lot of people. That just creates unnecessary clutter for your followers. The same goes for tweets made up of hashtags. If your tweets are comprised entirely of clickable text, you know you’ve got to go back to the drawing board.

The bulk  of your tweets should not be direct advertisements for your book; however, you should use your tweets to direct people to your website at every possible opportunity. That’s where you place the buy link. The goal on Twitter is not to get people to buy your book, but to prove that your book is worthy of buying. The only way to accomplish this is to put the same energy into crafting your tweets as you did into writing your book.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

As I mentioned, Twitter is really awesome for finding new readers as well as getting your name and your book out into the wide world. You just have to take some time before you start tweeting to create a welcoming atmosphere for new readers filled with interesting content that will drive your book sales!

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below.



5 Author Website Must-Haves

An Author Website is a critical part of your Self Publishing Toolkit, but for most authors websites can be a real head-ache–just one more thing to do that takes them away from writing–so they slap up a free blog and call it done.

You and your fans deserve better than that.  Your readers will come looking for your website after they’ve finished your book and loved it. Don’t disappoint them! Give them a way to connect with you further, find out more about your books and what inspires you to write them.

Websites don’t have to be hard. (I’ll even help you get started.) Here are the 5  (easy to implement) must-haves for every website:

1. Your Books & a Way to Buy Them

Your website should have a single page dedicated to listing all of your books and where to buy them. In addition, you can and should feature your latest book on the home page with a brief description and buy link.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

*If your books are for sale on Amazon, join Amazon Associates and they will provide you with the code to link your book and you’ll get a small percentage of whatever a buyer buys after they click your link–even if it isn’t your book. Once you’ve signed up for an account, type in your book title and when it pops up, click Get Link and Amazon will give you a variety of options to customize your link. Just copy and paste that code and your book will show up on your site with a buy link.

2. About the Author

About pages are among the most frequently clicked pages on the internet. Your readers want to know more about you and your books and this is the place to tell them. If you want to get even more creative, you could also offer bios for your main characters that include information that isn’t in your books.

Your website is also your chance to provide additional content that enhances your books. As writer, we all create characters and scenes that end up on the cutting room floor. These extra bits of information can be recycled into content that your readers will love. Author Brandon Sanderson frequently posts extra information about his books on his website and that just keeps fans coming back for more. (He’s also a great content Tweeter not to mention an amazing writer.)

*Put a sign-up for your email list at the end of your bio. This is one of the best, logical times to ask a reader for their email address.

3. Multiple Ways to Contact/Follow/Like You

It’s not your reader’s job to find you, it’s your job to be where your readers are. This is why you should be on all the big Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook, provide them with an email address you can be reached at as well as a contact form. You never know what your readers are going to contact you about, so be ready and available just in case someone needs 100 copies of your book for their next book club meeting.

WordPress makes it very easy to set up a contact form on your website with the Jet-Pack plug-in and for the sake of professionalism, your email should be You can easily set up a forwarder so that all email you get via your domain ends up in your most frequently checked email inbox.

4. Email List Sign-Up

It is never, ever too early to start collecting subscriber emails. If you have a website, you should have a form on it. Don’t wait until you are more popular or have more books. These early sign-ups on your list are likely to be your most ardent supporters. These are the people that will forward your new releases to their friends and drive your sales rank up on Amazon when they rush to get your new books.

*I highly recommend using Aweber to manage your emai list. Yes, it costs money (though the first month is only a $1) but in the end you will be happy that you went with a high quality, industry leader for your email list management because your emails to your fans will end up in their inboxes, and not their SPAM boxes. It is extremely easy to use their interface, they have tons of step by step help videos if you get stuck, and very helpful customer service if you get confused. Putting your form on your site is as easy as copying and pasting.

5. You!

More than anything, your website should reflect you and your books. Pick colors you love and write blog posts about things that interest you because those are the same things that are going to interest your readers. When you look at your website, you should feel pride and excitement about all of the things that you have to offer your readers.

Great author websites don’t have to be complicated and you can manage your own site when you build your site on WordPress. WordPress allows you to have a totally static site, a blog or a combination of both (which is what the Self Publishing Toolkit is.) If you need help getting your site set-up, I can help you out with the technical end. Go here for the details.

I hope this article helped give you ideas for your own website. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Tutorial: How to Add Social Media Icons to Your Website


For this tutorial, I am assuming that you have a self-hosted WordPress website/blog. I will be using the Twenty Eleven Theme which ships with WordPress. It is the default installed theme. If you have installed a different theme, your screen may look slightly different than mine, but under the hood everything should be in the same place. This tutorial will help you set up icons on your site that look like this:
How to Add Social Media Icons to Your Website - The Self Publishing Toolkit

Set up all of Your Social Media Accounts

Before you can add the icons to your site, you must have your accounts set up and have the links to your profiles. Once you have this information, you’ll be good to go. –>Make a list of the sites you want icons for, gather your account info (use Evernote to store all your links) and set up any accounts that you don’t have.

Select a set of Social Media Icons

If you haven’t already, select a set of icons from one of these sites:
I’m going to use elegantthemes for this tutorial.
How to Add Social Media Icons to Your Website - The Self Publishing Toolkit

Seven Point Story Structure with Dan Wells

I was listening to Writing Excuses the other day and Dan Wells (Partials, John Cleaver Books) did a great break down of his take on the Seven Point Story Structure. With NaNoWriMo coming up quickly, I thought I’d share that info here.

He’s also got a presentation of the Seven Point Structure on YouTube, so I’m linking to those videos as well. ( Scroll down for the videos.) They are well worth watching, especially if you are struggling to come up with a full xXx: Return of Xander Cage 2017 movie

He runs downs the plots of many books and movies as examples including Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice and The Matrix. I’ve also worked up a set of worksheets based on this structure (because after you know it, it is fun to find it in all of your favorite show and books.)

I’ll do a quick summary , give you some worksheets and a Scrivener Template* and you can watch the videos. It’s an awesome way to kick of NaNoWriMo with a strong start. (And increase the chances you’ll have something that you can eventually publish.)

*Please Note: The Scrivener Template must be imported. You cannot just double click on the file and have it open. If you don’t have Scrivener or want step by step instructions for using it, please download the free Author Toolkit.

Quick Notes

Here are a few quick notes on the presentation, so that you can get  jump on the information. The worksheet has a cover sheet that includes these notes:

The Hook

This is where your characters start from. You set up your character’s world and set their stakes (what they have to lose) in this part.

Plot Turn 1

This is the event that sets your story in motion.  It moves you from the beginning to the Midpoint. You character’s world changes here.

Pinch 1

Pinches are where you put pressure on your hero from your antagonist to force your hero into action.


The midpoint takes your character from reaction to action. At the midpoint, your character determines that she must do something.  (This can take place over a series of scenes.)

Pinch 2

Pinch 2 is where your story takes the ultimate dive. Your hero is literally sitting in the jaws of defeat. Everything has fallen apart.

Plot Turn 2

This point moves the story from the Midpoint to the Resolution. Plot Turn 2 is where you character receives the final piece of information that he needs to make it to the resolution. (No new information can be introduced after this point.) You character finally understands he has the power to achieve the resolution.


Your hero completes what he sets out to do.


Download the Worksheets

7 point story structure worksheet - Self Publishing Toolkit

How to use the Worksheets: The first page contains the definition of each point and three examples. The second page is blank. Since your story will likely have more than one thread, you can assign each thread to a column and see how they weave together to form your story.

Watch the Videos

This is a 5-part series and they are listed in order. It’s worth watching all of them to get the concepts completely drilled it into your head.

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How to Find Your Keywords

Find Your KeywordsKeywords are critical to your success on Amazon and beyond. Keywords help search engines to categorize your book correctly and display it to people who want to buy it.

Figuring out the right keywords will draw readers to your book through search traffic. Amazon gets a heck of a lot of traffic so it is worth it to spend some time on this. Your keywords can be single words or phrases. The phrases bring more targeted traffic, which is what you want because those are the people that are most likely to read your book.

Research Your Keywords

Get out a piece of paper and divide it into three columns. Label the first column Google, the second one Amazon, and the third one Combined.

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In the search box, type in a word or phrase you think people would use to search for your book.

Keyword Research for Authors

Make sure you are on the Keyword Ideas (circled) tab before you click the blue search button. Google defaults to the Ad Group ideas.

Once you click Search, Google will make suggestions based on what people are actually searching for. Google loves Amazon, so you can use the keyword tool to find an approximate list of keywords and phrases that people would use to find your book. I’d suggest trying to find 20 keywords for your book. Write these words in the column labeled Google.

  • Don’t select your keywords based on popularity–make sure you go for relevancy. For example futuristic detective novel is way better than detective novel because it is more specific.
  • Get creative when you are looking for keywords, use location, theme, genre etc. to search for relevant words.

Take a few minutes to go through Google’s suggestions. You can run new searches or run searches on the suggested keywords. When you find a good word or phrase, write it down. When it comes to search volume, look in the Local Monthly Searches. Google has localized search by country just as Amazon has et al. So you want to make sure you are pulling data from the same pool as you are about to head over to Amazon to do the same movie The Shack 2017

As far as search volume goes, more refined keywords are the best but rule out the ones with less than 1000 searches. You want a keyword that you can rank on–so head for middle ground here. (Don’t worry too much about the search volume because we’re going to use Amazon to refine this list.)

Once you have a list, go over to Amazon and start typing your keywords into the search bar. (If you are only publishing for the Kindle, make sure the Kindle store is selected in the where to search part of the bar.) You’ll notice that Amazon will make suggestions to you based on what you are typing in.

  • Pay attention to those searches because that is what people are actually typing in when they look for books on Amazon. Using your Google list, cross reference all the key words and determine your top 7 keywords by both popularity and relevancy. You can even type in your main keyword and then every letter of the alphabet to get additional ideas. This takes less time than you would think.

Write down all of these words in your second column. Once you have a good list, compare them with your Google list and write those in your third column. You will need to pick your top seven to ten keywords from this list. Y

Use these keywords when you are uploading your book. It is really, really important to also use these words in your book description and tags as well.

When a customer types in your keywords, you want your book to come out on the top and the best way to do this is to use your keywords where-ever you can. Pick your best one and use it in your title…like Blue Moon Waning (A Futuristic Detective Novel). This has the added benefit of telling customers in the search results what they are getting when they click on your book.

You can and should use these keywords on your website, social media sites and anywhere else on the internet that you post. It just helps create a cohesive picture of you and your books for the Search Engines and they will rank you higher for it. Doing your keyword research does not take all that long and really pays off because it forms the base for your book promotion.Watch Froning The Fittest Man In History (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!