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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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