Category: Indie Publishing

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The Best Advice for Writers in 2017

What is the best advice for writers in 2017? In this post, I provide a round-up of some of the best, recent writing advice from industry experts. For convenience, I’ve organized this page into the following areas of writing and publishing: Best Advice for Fiction Authors Best Advice for Indie Authors Best Advice for Freelance Writers Best General Writing Advice Best Advice...

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Amazon Introduces Kindle Oasis – Lighter, Thinner, and It Runs for Months!

Today, Amazon announced their new Kindle e-Reader, the Kindle Oasis. It’s lighter, thinner, and there’s no need to worry about your batteries running out for months! In addition to its incredibly thin and light design, it comes with a special leather charging cover that Amazon claims will let you read for months without plugging in. Kindle Oasis is the eighth generation...

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What Can a 70-Year-Old Documentary Teach You About Book Making?

I recently came across this interesting 10-minute documentary showing how books are made. It was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1947 and, although so much has changed in printing and publishing over these 70 years, I was surprised at just how much is still the same. Mind you, our PC police and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) representatives would definitely...

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Best Book Marketing Ideas #1 – Hugh Howey’s Dust

In this new series of posts, I share some of the best book marketing ideas in recent years. The first book marketing idea on my list comes from the launch of the book ‘DUST’ by author Hugh Howey. DUST, by Hugh Howey “DUST” is the third book in Hugh Howey’s WOOL Sci-Fi Trilogy. In this series, mankind is on the edge, fighting for...

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Writing News Roundup for 12 February 2016

Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest news in the world of writing and publishing. Leading Authors Press for Supreme Court Review of Google’s Digitized Library The web giant’s digitisation of millions of books – many in copyright – faces a fresh legal challenge, backed by authors including Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Ursula Le Guin and Malcolm...

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The February 2016 Author Earnings Report Is A ‘Must Read’

Two years ago, the very first author earnings report was published at AuthorEarnings.com. It confirmed what many people already suspected – the market share of self-published ebooks was growing. Since then, quarterly snapshots have revealed a variety of trends in this new digital publishing world. The latest February 2016 Author Earnings Report has some very interesting data. In the February...

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Top Tips from KDP Authors

In this series of 5 videos published by Kindle Direct Publishing, a number of KDP authors provide tips on writing and independent publishing. You’ll hear advice from Nick Spalding, Talli Roland, Mark Dawson, David Leadbetter, Paul Pilkington and Louise (L.J.) Ross. Each video is only around 2 minutes but packed with nuggets of helpful and inspiring information. Let’s check out these...

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10 Things I Am Thankful For As A Writer

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday when many people give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the year that has passed. It is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October and the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New Zealand, but I think it would be...

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Writing Blog Roundup for 10 November 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way through November. For those, like me, who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you should have completed around 17,000 words of the 50,000 word target. I’ve written 18,390 words in my novel, a thriller which is a sequel to the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2013.  If...