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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

    Title: My Life As a Sperm Series: No Author: William Darrah Whitaker Genre: Humor Publisher: William Darrah Whitaker Release Date: February 16, 2015 Format: ebook 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 […]

    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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    Ebook Distribution: Google Play

    by Sabrina Distribution

    There’s a lot going on with Google Play lately, at least when it comes to ebooks. About a month ago, Google Play shut down its book publisher program, at least temporarily, to new users while they sort out all the accusations about pirated ebooks on the platform, according to GoodeReader. It’s a shame, and hopefully […]

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    Smashwords: An Indie Author Guide

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Smashwords is a retailer and an ebook distributor, and a great choice for indie authors. Why? Because the platform lets you upload once and sell on multiple outlets, saving authors a lot of time, and it offers a number of marketing options. If you want a step by step on how to upload and distribute […]

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    New Ebook Fonts Make Ereading More Like Print

    by Sabrina EBooks

    The average reader probably doesn’t think a lot about fonts, but they are important contributors to the reading experience. A few weeks ago, Google announced a new typeface for Google Books, called Literata. The Next Web goes into more detail, but the gist is Google ebooks now have a font that distinguishes it from ebooks read on […]

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    Ebook Review: Life and Beath

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Life and Beath Series: Book 3 of Zombie RiZing series Author: Matt Pike Genre: Middle grade, sci-fi Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: April 28, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 64 Source: bought If Beath and the gang thought life in the school had been hard in the weeks since the riZIng, well, let’s just say […]

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    An Interview with Russ Colchamiro, author of Genius de Milo

    by Sabrina Author Interviews

    Russ Colchamiro is the author of Genius de Milo, the second book in his series, Finders Keepers. Here is the official description: Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy. […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

    by Sabrina Information

    Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on […]

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    Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

    by Sabrina Information

    It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation […]

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    Indie Authors: Using YouTube

    by Sabrina Information

    Video can be a very important component of an indie author’s marketing strategy. In addition to book trailers, authors can make videos for a myriad of purposes, such as Behind the scenes Showing off research that went into the book Interviews Having actors play characters or scenes Explaining concepts (for nonfiction books) Animating themes or […]

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    Indie Authors: Blogging

    by Sabrina Information

    Blogging is great for writers. If nothing else, blogging can be a way to practice writing, often in shorter chunks (at least compared to a book). Blogging is not for everyone, and it took me a long time to even get in the habit of blogging. But now that I’ve established a routine, I really […]

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    Indie Authors: Launching a Book

    by Sabrina Information

    At first, launching a book may seem daunting. But it helps to plan the launch in increments, and also, know that ebooks have an indefinite shelf life, so that even though it’s nice to have a strong start, there’s always time to build up buzz and excitement around a book. Creating a Book Launch Plan […]

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    Guest Post: The UK Self Publishing Conference

    by Sabrina Information

    By Derek Cross – Cross Publishing Services The third annual Self-Publishing Conference covered a multitude of useful topics for aspiring and established authors alike. One topic in particular held resonance: using social media to promote books. On May 9, the third Self-Publishing Conference was held in UK’s Leicester University. Over 150 budding and published authors congregated […]

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    Ebook Review: Midmen

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: MIDMEN: The Modern Man's Guide to Surviving Midlife Crisis Author: Steve Ochs Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Steve Ochs Release Date: February 11, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 221 Source: author Eighty percent of modern, middle-aged men are having what is known as a midlife crisis. These men represent the highest concentration of wealth, the longest terms […]

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    Indie Authors: Selling Books

    by Sabrina Information

    After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it’s nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also […]

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    Literacy Programs

    by Sabrina Information

    I often write about all the cool, new ways to publish digitally. But of course there would be no point to any of this without literacy. So, I just want to take a moment and give a shoutout to a few places and platforms that are helping to teach people of all ages how to read. […]

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    Publishing Children’s Ebooks

    by Sabrina EBooks

    The children’s book market is expanding. According to IBISWorld, “e-readers and other popular devices, like tablets and smartphones, make books easier to buy, read and store. Animation and other extra features made possible by these and other devices are making e-books particularly attractive to children.” Jane Friedman also reported that “Children are starting to read […]

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    Ebook Review: The Vanishing

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Vanishing Series: Detective Dean Cornell Series, Book 1 Author: David J Delaney Genre: Thriller Publisher: David J Delaney Release Date: March 11, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 262 Source: author Detective Dean Cornell is investigating the murder of a young woman when he and his partner stumble across a second brutal murder. Hunting for […]

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    Indie Authors: Press Releases

    by Sabrina Information

    Press releases may be considered to be a more traditional form of marketing, but they can still be very effective, even for books. Part of the trick is to release the press release at the right time, usually around a book’s launch. Then you need to drive traffic towards it. But before doing that, you […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus

    by Sabrina Information

    Google Plus is a social media platform that is not as talked about as Facebook or Twitter, but can be very important, depending on your niche. Google Plus Basics For those who may not be too familiar with Google Plus, here are a few of the basics. First, you fill out a profile, with a […]

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