Promoting Book 1, Writing Book 2 and A One Star Review

Writer Babble

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Okay to start with I’m still having an awesome time floating around the sea of self publishing. It’s a wonderful place to be but has it’s ups and down like everything else we do in life.

First to promoting book 1. I’ve found some really good places to promote The Vanishing. Bknights, who came to me as a recommendation from other writers was great. The result was nice and again were a very easy place to do business with. Pixelscroll were just okay. I sold some but not a lot for the price I paid for them.
Overall though the book has been within the top 20 and top 50 in it’s categories which I’ve been incredibly happy about. The enigmatic Amazon algorithms Gods have picked it up and advertising it here and there.
I also did an Author interview with R J Madigan over on her blog. If you…

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One Indie Author’s Debut Year Income

Jessi Gage...A Time to Love

The Numbers Are In!

About a year ago, I compared royalties for traditional versus indie publishing in a blog post. I had a unique perspective to offer since I did this comparison for the SAME book and close to the same month of different years, an opportunity afforded to me when the traditional small-press publisher I was with changed hands and gave authors the chance to ask for their rights back.

View the post here to see what I made in January 2013 as a traditionally published author versus what I made on the same book in February 2014 as an indie author (both were debut months). At the end of the post, I suggest I might do a similar comparison for a full year of traditional publishing versus indie publishing.

Well, here I am to do just that! Thanks for stopping by to peek! If you’re new to…

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The Top Ten Self-Publishing, Fantasy, and eBook Stories of 2014

Jennifer Bresnick

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Hey there, guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or at least a brief break from work/commuter traffic/annoying office mates, for those who didn’t celebrate).  I don’t want to distract you from composing your reviews of Dark the Night Descending, which I know you’re all doing in the final two weeks of my contest, but I thought I’d share with you an end-of-the-year roundup of the top posts on Inkless.  2014 was a good year for my humble little blog, and I think it’s kind of fun to revisit the stories that attracted the most eyeballs over the past twelve months.

Ready to count down?  Here we go!

10. Short Story: He Belongs to the Sea

It was nightfall when the blood came.  William had been set to sitting and watching, so the surgeon could attend to others.  He had never seen so much before.  The…

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Indie Authors: Where Are They Now? (Part 4)

Carol Ervin's Author Site

Oh, horrors!  I’m saying this up front to give you the option to ignore/delete this post right now—or devour it, depending on your taste.

Reading on? Okay, here we go.

Harvey Click is the only one of John L. Monk’s awesome indies that I have not been able to read. Well, I did read the opening chapters of Demon Frenzy, which Click says is mild in comparison to The Bad Box. But I’m squeamish, the kind of person who hides in the lobby in a theatre or leaves the TV room when a movie gets too intense.bad_box

So to do justice to this fine indie author, I’m telling you what other people have said about his work.

“Extraordinarily talented writer,” said blogger and book reviewer Carol Kean, who confessed she had to skim some of the most horrific descriptions in Demon Frenzy. And remember, this…

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Amazon Scouts for new talent

[BTW] : Ben Trube, Writer

Or actually they get you to do it.

Amazon seems to be rolling out new programs for its readers and writers every couple of months. This latest, Kindle Scout, offers readers the chance to vote for the next big thing in books, or more specifically, who gets a 5 year contract and $1500 advance from Amazon.

For readers it doesn’t seem like a particularly bad deal. You get to sample the first few pages of a lot of authors, pick your favorites, and if a lot of people agree with you, you get a free copy of the full book. Even if you don’t get free books, odds are you’ll have found something new you might not otherwise have discovered.

And for writers it’s not so bad either, particularly if you’re just starting out. The full terms are a 5-year renewable contract for exclusive worldwide eBook and audio-book rights…

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Kindle Scout Campaign Live

The Behrg Writes ...

Amazon’s Kindle Scout Program has officially launched as of TODAY and with it, my debut nKindle Scout Screen clipovel is being made available to readers for the first time. (To see what a live campaign looks like and peruse a preview of my novel, click here.)

I’m thrilled, excited and a little worried all at once.

While I have experience in marketing and SEO work I am a terrible “self-promoter.” I’ve never been able to do the whole pyramid-scheme “sell your friend and they sell two of their friends” type programs and find it difficult talking about myself. Yet to get things off the ground when you’re promoting a book without the aid of a publishing house behind you, it’s necessary to get past that hurdle.

Fortunately there are ways to doing this that don’t make you feel like you’re selling your soul. I refuse to be one of the robots…

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Self-publishing: It’s not for the faint-hearted

Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion

Self-publishing: It’s not for the faint-hearted

by Lewis Hellyer

As a newbie writer, I don’t have the expertise that more experienced writers have. However, I can tell you what I have learned so farfrom being a member of writing groups and book publishing and promotion groups.

Writing a book is a major undertaking. It takes time, energy, patience, and fortitude along with a plot, storyline, characters, readability, and more.

Completing the manuscript is just the beginning.Then we have to edit and revise, not just Butterflyonce, but until it feels like a REAL, believable story that readers will enjoy from the beginning to the middle and finally, the last words on the last page … The End. We also need beta readers who preview the manuscript’s readability, among other criteria. Then an editor, a professional one, paid to edit, line by line and word by word, using their expertise…

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The Self Publishing Guide Arrives In November

P.J. Fox Writes

Between writing the first draft of Self Publishing Is For Losers: The Evil Toad Press Guide To Self Publishing and actually setting a publication date, I did of course begin to receive offers of representation.  You know, traditional publishing started to woo me.  Which, believe me, is not something I thought would ever happen.  And I’m not telling you this to brag but, rather, to illustrate a point about why my original choice was–is–still the best.  I’ve said before that, unfortunately, nothing succeeds like success.  Traditional publishing came knocking for the same reason I initially chose to self publish: our brethren at the Big Five like a sure thing.  When I’d first (and second, and third) gone to them, no one knew who I was.  No one cared.  When they came to me, that was no longer the case.

I’m no Stephen King.  But I make a respectable living at…

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You are a writer. So be an author!

5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months

Helga’s Post #93: These words of encouragement appeared in an article titled ‘Don’t be afraid of Indie Publishing’ by Writer’s Digest online editor Brian Klems. Posted a year ago it’s a must read for writers of all genres. It’s informative and helps ease the decision all of us who have written a complete manuscript have to face: Go the traditional publishing route or go on your own.

As you can glean from the last few posts of our blog, the topic of indie publishing and self-publishing has been utmost in the 5 writers discussions. Admittedly, we are still in the writing phase, some of us at the start of our new novel, and nowhere near ready to face the publishing challenge. But we have pretty well decided to give self-publishing a try.

I admit, I have been a skeptic of indie and self-publishing until recently, and there are some…

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Working With a Book Cover Designer

Peter Fritze

Blog 27Last post in my series of blogs on how to self-publish, I wrote about what a book cover design should achieve. As an author, to get the best result for your cover, it’s useful to know some tips about the process of working with a designer. I’m assuming here you’ve hired someone to create original art for your cover.

First off, if you’re expecting your designer to read your book as part of the design process, don’t. She’s unlikely to have the time (or interest), and depending on the schedule for your book release, your manuscript might not be in proper shape anyway.

Instead, be ready with a good, short synopsis, preferably written. Also, be clear about the book’s genre, mood and tone, perhaps comparing them to those of well-known books.

Next, have some ideas ready for her. In my first book, The Case for Killing, an abandoned railway track features (have…

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The Newbie Author's Guide


Goodreads is the largest book social media site. It has many more features and author activities than Shelfari and Librarything. When something new comes out they are usually the first to implement it. For example, when Google+ and Pinterest came along Goodreads added +1 and “Pin It” buttons to book pages so authors and other people can share books on these new social media platforms!

For more tricks and tips you can visit Novel Publicity and read their Goodreads series in the Jan and Feb 2012 archives.

Achieving Author Status on Goodreads

Getting Author status on Goodreads works much the same way as it does on Librarything. First you find one of your books and click on the author name. Goodreads will ask you “if this is you” and then you click yes. A questionnaire will come up and ask a couple questions. If you use a pen name as…

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Steps to Getting a Book Published (Part One): Cali Style


Cali Powell

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have been job hunting and enjoying the last few weeks of beautiful Oregon weather before the rain returns in full force. It has been such a long summer that I’m almost ready for the cooler weather (ALMOST) but then I remember the nine months of rain that we have ahead of us and I start to second guess myself.

I wanted to write this post today because I have a lot of people, mostly family members, ask me when I’m going to finish editing my book, how long it’s going to take until it’s done, what the next steps are, ect. Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are interested in my book, but whenever I try to answer these questions my brain becomes a big ball of mush and I get irrationally angry (which hopefully isn’t obvious to anyone but me). Every book is…

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Write On – Amazon’s New Community Crowd-Source Writing Platform

Keys of Candor

Photo credit: Sean MacEntee / Foter / CC BY Photo credit: Sean MacEntee / Foter / CC BY

Self-publishing has really gathered steam in the past few years.  Technology has freed a whole subset of writers and creatives  to harness new platforms and create audiences for their work.  Audiences, which would not exist otherwise.  Writers who would have not had the opportunity or the inclination to push their stories out to the public now have no excuse.  There are many gates set up through the traditional “get an agent / broker a deal with publisher” system, and just as many gatekeepers, but thanks to the progress we’ve seen over the past five years these gates can literally be hopped over.  Now are the agents and publishers bad guys for doing what they do?  No.  There just doing their jobs, and are scratching their heads trying to figure out a better way to do business now that Amazon has disrupted…

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World Digital Media Factbook

Beyond Digital Strategy

What are the biggest opportunities for media revenue and content strategies?

CoverFIPPDigitalFactbook201415_NEW_final_lowresThe biggest opportunities for media company revenue and content strategies for 2014, according to the new FIPP World Digital Media Factbook 2014-15 are: Big data analytics, paid content, native advertising, programmatic advertising, product development, tablets, e-commerce and smartphones.

Martha Stone, author of the Digital Media Factbook and CEO of World Newsmedia Network, presented these findings at the launch of the report at the FIPP Ibero American Magazine Media Conference on 23 September 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Now in its third year, the FIPP World Digital Media Factbook presents research, data and analysis covering digital media revenue and usership trends, including social media, video, tablets, smartphones, e-commerce, apps, gaming, copyright and much more.

Download your free copy of the Executive Summary here.

Pre-order your copy of the Digital Factbook here.

The world’s media revenue and usage pattern landscapes…

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