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  • Apr 14
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    Tuesday

    An Interview with Daryl Gregory, author of Afterparty

    by Sabrina Ricci

    Daryl Gregory is the author of Afterparty, a sci-fi thriller about neuroscience, drugs, crime, and God that has been highly rated by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. You can purchase your copy here. See below for the official description: It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a […]

    Apr 14
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    Friday

    Turning Your Ebook Into an App

    by Sabrina Ricci

    Sometimes it makes sense for a book to be transformed into an app. Forbes wrote a piece back in 2012 about whether the future of books will be as apps. Two years later, and it doesn’t seem to be true, but in some cases it could work. New tools have made it easier for authors to create […]

    4 Sites That Make News Social

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    My recent post about PressReader got me thinking about how news is created and shared nowadays with online tools. Online portfolios, crowdsourcing, social media, and livestreaming are all new developments in how journalism is being presented. CNN iReport Through iReport, CNN allows anyone to upload news stories. Not all articles are fact-checked, but some are vetted by […]

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    Ebook Review: The Author Training Manual

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title:The Author’s Training ManualSeries:NoAuthor:Nina AmirGenre:NonfictionPublisher:Writer’s Digest BooksRelease Date:February 18, 2014Format:ebookPages:256Source:Blog tourSynopsis:Anyone can publish a book and become an “author,” but if you want to become a successful author with a profitable publishing career, you need a clear, step-by-step guide to help you develop book ideas that sell. In The Author Training Manual, expert editor and book […]

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    New Ebook for HIMYM Fans: How I Met Your Media

    by Sabrina Ricci Writing
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    A couple weeks ago, something sad yet probably overdue happened: How I Met Your Mother ended its 9-year run.The series was so well-done, it attracted many loyal fans, including me. To help celebrate the ending of this great show, I wrote a short ebook about what made HIMYM stand out from all the other comedy shows on air. If […]

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    Mining Public Domain Stories for New Content

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Books in the public domain are free for anyone to use. One way authors can use these stories are as the basis for their own books. An example of a publisher who does this well is Disney, which has produced movies based on stories by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Aesop’s Fables, folk […]

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    Ebook Review: Credara, Rise of the Kraylen

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title:CREDARA: Rise of the KraylenSeries:Yes, book one of The Credara TrilogyAuthor:J E HendersonGenre:Fantasy Fiction / Christian FictionPublisher:Arc-Pen PublishingRelease Date:February 1, 2013Format:ebookPages:316Source:authorSynopsis:Set thousands of years after Lucifer and his Kraylen horde fell to the might of the Sitcian Angels during the Great War in Heaven, the time comes for the Kraylen to rise again. With Lucifer […]

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    Why You Need an Editor (And How to Save Money Finding One)

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    After writing a book, the next big step is to edit it. Editing is incredibly important because it helps to make a book the best it can be, by keeping the story flow, making sure all the events are consistent, developing the characters, and even correcting grammatical and spelling errors, among many other things. It […]

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    Print Books and Bookbinding

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    This post is just for fun. Even though I prefer ebooks now, print books still have a special place in my heart (I own nearly 1,000 of them). So for anyone interested in learning the art of bookbinding, you should check out the site aboutbookbinding.com. There you will find information on sewing, hand finishing, and even […]

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    Ebook Review: Terror at Mirror Lake

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title:Terror at Mirror LakeSeries:NoAuthor:Hank KellnerGenre:ThrillerPublisher:Hank KellnerRelease Date:January 24, 2014Format:ebookPages:176Source:authorSynopsis:If you think Hannibal Lecter was evil, wait until you meet Luke Downing, a killer so evil he makes Lecter look like an altar boy. Terror lurks in the shadows of Mirror Lake, where secrets of sex, lies, and death are all patiently waiting to surface from […]

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    New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, Forever Falling Sideways

    by Sabrina Ricci Writing
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    Here’s an excerpt from my latest article in IndieReader! Forever Falling Sideways is a large, 72 page zine about mental health comprised of personal stories, poetry, interviews, art, and tips for taking care of yourself. It can be found on Etsy for $5. Interestingly, many of the tips involved writing or other creative outlets, such as making music and […]

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    Indie Authors: Designing Books and Choosing Fonts

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Indie authors are sometimes called authorpreneurs, because they have to act like entrepreneurs and make all the decisions about their books. This includes how to design books. And one of the most important design elements is typography. Butterick’s Practical Typography has a great overview of what constitutes typography and why it matters. Keep in mind that […]

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    Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Ron Glick This post was originally published on http://godslayercycle.wordpress.com/. Ron Glick, an indie author of 9 comic trivia books and 5 novels, shares his insights and experiences with intellectual property. Read his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. In recent months, the subject of intellectual property rights has become a very big issue for me personally. […]

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    App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    When it comes to digital publishing, indie authors have endless options. In addition to ebooks, authors can produce blogs, podcasts, and even digital magazine apps. One new platform that makes it easy for users to publish magazines is App Zine Machine. Created by App Clover, LLC, a resource in the mobile app market, App Zine Machine launched after 21 months […]

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    Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Promoting Children’s Books

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Louisa Clarkson – Indicated Now that more and more people self-publishing, it can be hard for new books to get noticed. With that in mind, Louisa Clarkson, founder of Indicated, a promotional resource for indie authors and small presses, has shared three helpful tips on how to promote children’s books, the genre with arguably the most […]

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    Indie Authors: Book Awards

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Book awards are a great way for a book to gain prestige and can be an effective marketing tool (you can include a seal on the cover to make your book stand out). They can also lead to traditional publishing contracts. (See my post on becoming a hybrid author.) As a starting point, The Book Designer offers a […]

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    Indie Authors: Offline Marketing Strategies

    by Sabrina Information

    Although online marketing (emails, social media, etc.) are important and can be an effective way to encourage sales of books, offline marketing can be just as powerful. And passing out tangible goods and interacting face to face can help create more loyal fans and stronger networks. Tangible Goods Journey of a Storyteller writes about creating promo […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Don’t Overwrite On

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing
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    By Mary Ann Lombardo – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Mary Ann Lombardo. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the last three weeks Widbook has been my guest. […]

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    An Interview with Khaled Talib, author of Smokescreen

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Khaled Talib is the author of Smokescreen, a suspense thriller published by Typhoon Media about a journalist being set up as an assassin as part of an evil political plot. Purchase your copy at either Amazon or Smashwords. See below for the official book description: At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Character Development is Hard and People Are Really Weird

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Eve Jacob – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Eve Jacob. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the next two weeks Widbook will be my guest. See the last […]

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    An Interview with Freddie Owens, author of Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Freddie Owens is the author of Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story, a coming-of-age novel about a boy who learns of his family’s dark secrets that has been highly rated by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The San Francisco Book Review, and Kindle Nation. You can purchase your copy from Amazon here. See below for the official […]

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