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  • I’ve decided to start a mini-series on writing tips, starting with Indie Authors: Writing a Series. Next up is how to write characters. According to Lady Anakina, “Character is Everything.” Here are a few things to keep in mind: Add physical description Come up with mannerisms Show conflict and reaction Share the character’s inner voice […]

    Good writing takes a lot of practice, and it also helps to get feedback from readers, editors, and other writers. Sometimes, it’s hard for writers to come up with realistic sounding dialogue. If you want some help, check out The Write One Blog’s “Fiction Dialogue Writing Tips Adapted From Real Life,” which gives a number […]

    Indie Authors and Libraries

    by Sabrina Distribution
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    Libraries are wonderful for indie authors. They open up a whole new audience of readers, but unfortunately the route to getting an indie book into a library is not always very clear. The American Library Association (ALA) has a great fact sheet that goes over what libraries buy, when they look to buy books, what […]

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    An Interview with Tracy Lawson, author of Resist

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Tracy Lawson is the author of The Resistance Series. Resist is Book 2 in the series: After their plan to rescue a group of dissenters imprisoned by the OCSD spins out of control, Tommy and Careen are on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the remote mountain headquarters of the Resistance. Their budding relationship […]

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    Indie Authors: Writing a Series

    by Sabrina Information

    Writing a good book takes a lot of effort, between the outlining and plotting, researching, drafting, editing, proofing, and then publishing. But writing a series takes at least a bit more planning from the beginning. I’ve been thinking about this more, since I started working on my first series, Dinosaur Wars. And, as usual, I’ve found […]

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    All About Literary Magazines: Reading, Submitting, Publishing Your Own

    by Sabrina Information

    Literary magazines are wonderful. They often publish new and established writers, are increasingly become more mobile, and for the motivated, are fairly easy to publish. For readers, there are a number of great literary journals out there. Some examples include Glimmer Train, Narrative, and Strand Mag. (Also magazines that take submissions, for writers looking to get […]

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    Ebook Review: The Novel, Kunzman, the Novel!

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Novel, Kunzman, the Novel! Author: Larry Lefkowitz Genre: Literary Publisher: Larry Lefkowitz Release Date: June 26, 2015 Pages: 165 Source: author The assistant to a known literary critic suffers from the domination of the critic. After the critic’s sudden death, the assistant believes he has been freed from the critic’s dominance. However when […]

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    Guest Post: Want to Step Up Your Facebook?

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Sheena Mathieson – Freelancer Facebook is such a big platform that has helped out so many indie authors. Here are some more tips on Facebook fan pages, from guest author Sheena Mathieson. Today, the world meets on a platform and that social platform is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s child has brought us closer and knitted […]

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    An Interview with Robert A. Kezer, author of The Boétie Legacy: and a World in Peril

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Robert A. Kezer is the author of The Boétie Legacy: and a World in Peril. Here is the official book description: In The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril, Luke Canton arrives in Granada, Nicaragua, midlife and dreading having to start over again. Spending the last twelve years as a student has taken a toll […]

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    Privacy in the Digital World

    by Sabrina Information

    A couple years ago, there were a lot of articles being shared online about how ereaders/tablets were “watching” their readers. In the digital age, privacy is a legitimate concern. In addition to hackers, companies collect and track data from their users/customers, and there’s also concerns over how much the government sees. There’s definitely a trade-off […]

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    Guest Post: 8 Secrets to Increase Your Twitter Followers

    by Sabrina Information

    By Andy Thompson – Freelancer Twitter is one of the biggest social networks, and for indie authors, it can be helpful to grow a following on Twitter. Andy Thompson details 8 strategies on how to increase your following. Twitter is certainly one of the social media foundations of the cyber world we are in. It […]

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    Ebook Review: Creeping Beath

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Creeping Beath Series: Zombie RiZing Book 4 Author: Matt Pike Genre: Children's/Sci-Fi Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: June 21, 2015 Pages: 70 Source: purchased As the gang head deeper into the Zombie RiZing, the salvation of the shopping centre awaits – food, supplies, weapons – everything they could need for their future survival. The […]

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    Guest Post: Piracy on the High Ether

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Valley Brown – author of Speeding Tickets Piracy can be a serious issue for indie authors of ebooks. Valley Brown explains her personal experiences with digital piracy, and what she did to fight it. The Internet is a vast ocean swarming with pirates. So I had been warned by any number of publishing professionals and […]

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    Guest Post: Why Forgotten Books purchased 500,000 ISBNs

    by Sabrina Future
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    By Elisabeth Forsythe – Head of Media and Public Relations, [Forgotten Books] International Standard Book Numbers, or ISBNs, are an important part of book publishing. They help with book discovery, and are used with each edition of a book. Elisabeth Forsythe explains why Forgotten Books, the world’s largest online library, recently purchased 500,000 ISBNs, and […]

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    Indie Authors and Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) service, where readers pay $9.99 per month and authors are paid out of a monthly fund, seems to be very polarizing. Kindle Unlimited History When KU first launched, many authors complained about it, citing its unfair payment system or how it encourages people to upload short, and often not well written, books (since […]

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    For the Readers: A List of Sites, Tools, and Examples of Beautiful Works

    by Sabrina Information
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    More and more platforms are springing up to help both indie authors and readers looking for their next great read. One new platform that does just that is The Books Machine, which allows authors to gift their books to hundreds of thousands of readers, according to the website. Readers have 30 days to read the […]

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    Guest Post: What Everybody Ought To Know About Facebook Account Management

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Andy Thompson – Freelancer Facebook is one of the biggest social media platforms, and indie authors can use it to help build an audience and promote their books. Guest author Andy Thompson goes over the basics of Facebook pages, as well as strategies on how to implement them. For any successful business these days, […]

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    CODEX Hackathon: Connecting People with Books

    by Sabrina Information
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    Over the weekend, I participated in my first hackathon, called CODEX Hackathon. I had no idea what to expect; all I knew was the theme was “‘connecting’ — connecting around books, connecting readers and authors, connecting libraries.” Things kicked off Friday night with an opening reception at Github, which has an amazing office space. I only […]

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    Ebook Review: My Life As A Sperm

    by Sabrina Books
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    Title: My Life As a Sperm Series: No Author: William Darrah Whitaker Genre: Humor Publisher: William Darrah Whitaker Release Date: February 16, 2015 Pages: 264 Source: author Buddy Price, a Hollywood agent, dies in a car crash and finds himself in Heaven. There, he discovers God’s had enough with people and plans on pulling the […]

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    Indie Authors: Self Publishing Advice

    by Sabrina Information

    Being an indie author is tough. There’s the long hours of writing, the nail biting and teeth gritting as you revise your work, and of course there’s marketing, promoting, and hoping that maybe you’ll get a few, or a lot, of readers. Over the years, more and more indie authors have published, and shared their […]

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    What makes up a grammar lover?

    by Sabrina Grammar Mistakes

    Just for fun, Grammarly shared a fun infographic of what makes a grammar nerd, based on a survey of their users. See below!

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