Keep on publishing!

We came up with the concept of ePublish Unum four years ago. Since that time, digital publishing has moved from a niche to respect. And if we played a tiny part in making that happen, we’re satisfied.

But we’re moving on. Thanks to everyone who attended one of our events, signed up for a class, purchased one of our books, watched the Books & Beer Hangout, or engaged our consulting services. We greatly appreciate the chance to work with you in furthering your career as an author. Our assets — books, videos, etc. — will remain at ePublishUnum.com, on YouTube, our social properties, or any number of online bookstores for you to enjoy.

If you want to keep up with us, we’re pretty easy to find. Please reach out to either of us if you need anything, even if it’s not related to indie publishing.

Now go publish something else!

Evo & Jeff

How to NaNoWriMo Like a Pro | Books and Beer

nanowrimo-imageNaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and plenty of success stories will be offered up to you in the coming weeks. Us? We’re more concerned that you are successfully published than actually finish this little challenge. Because while cranking out 50K words is an awesome accomplishment, you have more work to do.

And that’s where we can help. On this episode of the Books and Beer Hangout, we’re covering the other things you should be doing while you’re engaged in writing to help make that a reality.

Watch the show for all the tips, but the first one was to use LaunchRock.co. Right now. Do it. If you’re serious, you can’t start building your fan list too soon. And for an awesome example (or shameless plug,) check out BrewDiet.com and sign up! (Did I mention shameless plug?)

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Supermonk Belgian IPA from SanTan and a Punkin by Dogfish Head.

The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast as a Google+ Hangout on Air and is simulcast on YouTube Live! Add ePublish Unum to your circles on Google+ to watch live and to ask your questions during the show. Subscribe to the show with iTunes, any RSS reader, or directly with YouTube and never miss an episode!

Running your own author website | Books and Beer

YourNameReady for your own website, Author? This show wraps up our three part series and is aimed at the author who wants something more than a name plate or a free place to blog. There’s a lot more flexibility when you own your own author site … but there are also a few more headaches.

Specifically, we cover running and hosting your own WordPress powered site, mentioning Page.ly as great hosting company that takes care of much of the heavy lifting for you — for a price.

For authors who are less intrested in blogging, there are places like Squarespace, LightCMS, and Designly (a new one that Evo is using!)

And finally, we cover the easy option: just buying your domain (Hover is a great registrar) and just pointing it to some social property. OK, it’s sort of cheating. But it’s a good place to start.

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues, and a Shipyard Pumpkinhead. Tasty!


The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast as a Google+ Hangout on Air and is simulcast on YouTube Live! Add ePublish Unum to your circles on Google+ to watch live and to ask your questions during the show. Subscribe to the show with iTunes, any RSS reader, or directly with YouTube and never miss an episode!

 

3 Free Blogging Tools for Authors | Books & Beer

wtbBlogger, Tumblr, WordPress… OH MY! We covered the pros and cons of authors using those tools to help establish their online presence.

And… yeah. That’s what we talked about. Not really anything to these show notes other than this. I suppose I could tell you this was part two of a three-part series, and that last time we covered free “nameplate” sites, and that next time we’ll cover self-hosted options. But other than that… yeah.

Oh, right! The beers we drank: Tonight’s choices: Jeff had a rather amazing looking Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide, and Evo nestled in with a Crunkle Sam barley wine by Clown Shoes.

The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast as a Google+ Hangout on Air and is simulcast on YouTube Live! Add ePublish Unum to your circles on Google+ to watch live and to ask your questions during the show. Subscribe to the show with iTunes, any RSS reader, or directly with YouTube and never miss an episode!

3 Easy Author Homebase Options | Books & Beer

homebasePart 1 of a 3 part series on author home pages. On this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout, we cover three free tools authors can use to establish their home base. If you can get past the wonkiness of Google+ and YouTube (that’ll teach us to record on a maintenance night,) you’ll get some good ideas.

First we covered Amazon.com’s Author Central. This is a must have if you’re published on Amazon. Which you should be. No, not a lot you can do with it today, but we fully expect them (Amazon) to do a lot more. And we put our money where our mouths are. Both of us — Jeff and Evo — have our own Author Central pages filled out.

Next is the nameplate site, About.me. Just what it says. Think of it as a more robust business card. Evo filled everything out and went a little crazy. Jeff took a more moderate approach. What works for you? That depends on you.

Finally, we covered Google+. OK, you probably think of it as a social network. But it’s a lot more than that, and we never grow tired of talking about it. Both Evo and Jeff are more active here than the other two. But your mileage may vary. Want better mileage? We can recommend a great book on the topic!

Bonus mentions of gplus.to, some tips to make whatever your home base a good place to visit, and a suggestion to try vizify, like Jeff and Evo have. With mixed results.

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues and the Barley Breathing by BooBoo Squad. Tasty!


The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast as a Google+ Hangout on Air and is simulcast on YouTube Live! Add ePublish Unum to your circles on Google+ to watch live and to ask your questions during the show. Subscribe to the show with iTunes, any RSS reader, or directly with YouTube and never miss an episode!

Running an online writing group | Books & Beer

vwgA few weeks back, we did a show on physical, meat-space writing groups. One of our regular viewers, Laurie Gienapp, took exception to our poo-pooing of virtual groups, and offered to show us the way. So we obliged, and invited her on the show to explain the ins and the outs of online writing groups.

In this 15-minute episode of The Books and Beer Hangout, you’ll hear about what works, what doesn’t, and how you might start or find your own online writing group today!

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Deschutes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter and a Dales Pale Ale by Oskar Blues.

The Books & Beer Hangout is broadcast as a Google+ Hangout on Air and is simulcast on YouTube Live! Add ePublish Unum to your circles on Google+ to watch live and to ask your questions during the show. Subscribe to the show with iTunes, any RSS reader, or directly with YouTube and never miss an episode!