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  • Jul 14
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    Sunday

    iBooks Author Templates

    by Sabrina Ricci

    Ebooks come in a few different formats. I write a lot about EPUB and MOBI/KF8 on this site, which are the formats used by pretty much everyone (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google, Sony, etc.). But there is another format: iBooks (iba). Apple sells EPUB, but the company also developed their own proprietary format in early 2012. […]

    Jul 14
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    Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina Ricci

    There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I’d say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that’s because it’s an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, I have a feeling that right […]

    The Black Chronicles, a New Type of Horror Transmedia

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Transmedia–storytelling through multiple narratives and platforms–is a fairly new medium that continues to fascinate me (see my previous transmedia posts here). Horror author and filmmaker Oldrich Stibor recently founded the company Red Right Hand Publishing to create high-quality transmedia stories, starting with the project The Black Chronicles. The Black Chronicles has many bonus features and elements of surprise. Stibor kindly agreed to answer […]

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    An Interview with J. Boyce Gleason, author of Anvil of God

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    J. Boyce Gleason is the author of Anvil of God, an historical fiction novel about Charles the Hammer and his family. You can purchase your copy here. And here is the official description: It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent […]

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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Recently I learned about a new tool called Authorly, which can turn books into apps to sell in all the major app stores, including Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon app store (see my post, “Turning Your Ebook Into An App“). Authorly allows authors to easily create apps for their books, and make them interactive. And […]

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    Indie Authors: Formatting Books in InDesign

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Adobe’s InDesign is a wonderful tool. The software is expensive, though if you are a student or teacher you can get a slight discount, but if you have access to it I highly recommend using it. InDesign can be used to layout a book PDF, as well as be the starting point for an ebook. […]

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    New Subscription Ebook Service: Forgotten Books

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    Ebook subscription services are slowly proving themselves. The three current major ones, Oyster, Scribd, and Entitle, are all growing, in both number of subscribers and number of books offered. And they are not the only services out there, as I outlined in my post, “A Brief Overview of Subscription Services” (The Digital Reader also wrote about […]

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    Indie Authors: Making the Most of Twitter Profiles

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Twitter recently changed the layout of profiles, which creates a lot of opportunities for authors. Lynda.com has a very helpful database of articles, including a recent one called “Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page.” It goes over in detail the changes in Twitter headers. Below is an excerpt: In the center column of […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books With Videos

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    With digital media, indie authors can now take advantage of videos to help grab the attention of readers and sell their books. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and there’s a lot to consider. Videos can be used in multiple ways, such as teaser trailers, snippets of scenes, author interviews, and even […]

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    Poetica, A New Editing Tool

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing
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    Very recently, a new tool for editing called Poetica (that I’ve been waiting on for nearly two years, since I first heard about it at Books in Browsers) launched. Poetica was created to bring the elegance and trust of paper editing to the digital world. As you can see in the image above, editors can add annotations, comments, […]

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    Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Marketing is a huge, integral part of indie publishing, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of different pieces, but one of the most effective and longest lasting is building an email list. The email list has a few different names. Mailing list, subscribers, sign-ups, newsletter. But it all boils down […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding Your Audience

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    It’s not the most glamorous aspect of indie publishing, and it’s definitely hard work, but finding the target audience for your book is an important step when it comes to successfully self-publishing. Knowing your readers and who may be potentially interested in what you have to say can make marketing down the line much, much […]

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    Ebook Review: Kill With a Borrowed Knife

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Kill With a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai Author: Michael Wreford Genre: Thriller Publisher: Michael Wreford Format: ebook Pages: 288 Source: author China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives […]

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    Indie Authors: Book Rights

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    This month I’ve started working seriously on my passion project, I Know Dino. One of my goals is to get a few dinosaur ebooks out, starting with a picture book I’ve been working on for a while about how Brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur (even though it used to be my favorite). Last weekend, I found an […]

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    Book Review: The Curse of the Thrax

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: The Curse of the Thrax Series: Yes, Book One of The Bloodsword Trilogy Author: Mark Murphy Genre: YA Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: March 4, 2014 Format: print Pages: 324 Source: Blog tour, via PR by the Book Jaykriss is a typical teenager. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t even know he’s […]

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    Joining Indie Publishing and Publishing Communities/Associations

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    As an indie author, a traditionally published writer, or even someone in the publishing industry, it can be really helpful to join communities and associations, whether for moral support, business support, or even just advice on what works. There are a number of associations to join. Below are a few, in no particular order: Independent Book Publishers […]

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    Indie Authors: Crowdsourcing/Team Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Indie authors have a lot on their plates. In addition to writing great books, indie authors have to take care of all the other tasks involved in publishing books. That includes editing, proofreading, marketing, distributing, promoting, and more. It’s a lot of any one person to handle. And so team publishing has become a bigger […]

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    Ebook Review: The First Sunday

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Title: The First Sunday Series: Yes, Book One of Sunday Rose Author: R. J. Berry Genre: Christian literature/Historical fiction Publisher: R.J. Berry Release Date: October 18, 2011 Format: ebook Pages: 136 Source: author Rose always knew what she wanted. But the Lord had other plans for her. In this engaging story, author R.J. Berry is […]

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    Ebook Review: Seeing Colette

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Seeing Colette Series: No Author: Yon Walls Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: April 16, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 162 Source: author After a fatal epidemic, a young Colette Stonethrower flees her village to a life as an orphanage guardian, until another tragedy changes everything. As she leaves again on faith, migrating far […]

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    Ebook Review: The Hybrid Author

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: The Hybrid Author Series: No Author: Dianne Sagan Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Dianne Sagan Release Date: April 11, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 191 Source: author A publishing industry in constant change, authors find themselves trying to make decisions about whether or not to self-publish or traditionally publish. Now you have a book that explains the […]

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    Indie Authors: Pricing Your Ebooks

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Pricing an ebook may be one of the hardest pieces of marketing when self-publishing. After writing, editing, proofing, designing, packaging, promoting, and uploading to distribute, the next step is to decide how much to charge. Most people say it’s best to experiment with pricing, either by price pulsing or even just changing things up every […]

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