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  • May 15
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    Indie Authors: Blogging

    by Sabrina

    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 […]

    May 15
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    Indie Authors: Launching a Book

    by Sabrina

    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 […]

    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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    Ebook Review: Free Money

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Free Money Author: Barry Vass Genre: Thriller Publisher: Barry Vass Release Date: July 27, 2010 Format: ebook Pages: 189 Source: author Jimmy Spencer, a floorman at a major Las Vegas casino, receives a phone call from an old friend about a sure-fire gambling system he’s developed called “Free Money.” After a quick visit and […]

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    Indie Authors: Expanding Your Content

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Writing and publishing a book is a great accomplishment, but it doesn’t have to end there. Books can be spliced, expanded, and distributed in new and multiple ways online. Gordon Burgett wrote about how to multiple a book’s sales by turning it into six books. It works easily with non-fiction books, where you can separate […]

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    Ebook Review: A Fate Worse Than Beath

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: A Fate Worse Than Beath Series: Book 2 of Zombie RiZing Author: Matt Pike Genre: Middle grade, sci-fi Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: February 18, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 61 Source: Amazon After surviving another heart racing day in Zombie RiZing, Beath and the gang are now stuck a long way from home. Worse […]

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    An Interview with Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Barbara Stark-Nemon is the author of Even in Darkness, an historical fiction novel. Here is the official description: Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga […]

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    A Look at Interactive Ebooks

    by Sabrina Design

    Interactive, multimedia ebooks are starting to gain some traction. In addition to embedding audio and video, some ebook creators are experimenting with game elements, using GPS, and adding activities. A year ago, Digital Book World discussed why enhanced ebooks were not taking off yet. According to Peter Costanzo, “The main problem is that the market […]

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    Social Reading and Writing

    by Sabrina Information

    Ebooks open up a whole range of possibilities, from how people consume stories to how they talk about books they’ve read, and even how they find new works to read. Because ebooks are digital, authors and readers have many opportunities to be social with their books. One example is annotating books online. Tools like AnnotateIt […]

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    Ebook Review: The Book of I

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Book of I Author: Jorge Armenteros Genre: Literary Publisher: self Release Date: September 4, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 226 Source: author The Book of I is the story of Teaston, a painter struggling with schizophrenia, who finds himself at the edge of a cliff, at the edge of his life. Set in the seaside […]

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    Indie Authors: Using Collaboration Tools

    by Sabrina Information

    Indie authors have a lot of options when it comes to the tools they work with, and nowadays there are more and more tools that allow for productive collaboration. Below are just a few: Ice. A content editing tool on Github that lets you customize editing styles. The Substance Composer. Includes two-panel editing, DIY publishing, […]

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    Indie Authors: Digital Comics

    by Sabrina Design

    Novels, children picture books, and even cookbooks are often discussed in the digital publishing realm, but another type of book is gaining more prominence: comic books. Comics are generally fixed format, because they are so image heavy and where the text is place matters (or else it doesn’t make sense). So, to make an EPUB […]

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    An Interview with Gary Rodriguez, Author of Escape Through the Wilderness

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Gary Rodriguez is the author of Escape Through the Wilderness, his first fiction book. Here’s the official description: “What was that?” Savi whispered anxiously. “It couldn’t be Vexel, could it?” Again, they heard more rustling in the woods, they knew it was getting closer. Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a […]

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    Indie Authors: Building Your Brand and Writer Platform

    by Sabrina Information

    To be a successful indie author, you need to have a brand / writer platform. At first, this may sound like a daunting task. And yes, it is a lot of work. But I’ve found that it helps to outline goals, and then break down your plan into small steps that you can easily do […]

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    Indie Authors and Authorpreneurs: Teaching Online Courses

    by Sabrina Information

    To many people, self-publishing means producing ebooks. But nowadays, that’s a limited way of thinking. A lot of indie authors call themselves authorpreneurs, and at least some of them have expanded their business to include not only books, but other digital content such as blogs, podcasts, videos, and even online courses. Making and selling your […]

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