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    Turning Your Ebook Into an App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps

    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 […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Routes to Becoming a Hybrid Author: Submission Guidelines, Literary Agents, Crowdsourcing, and Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    There’s a term that’s been floating around the publishing industry for a while now: hybrid authors. It refers to authors who have been both traditionally published and who have self-published, and generally, these are the most successful authors. I not-so-secretly aspire to be a hybrid author, partly because I’m familiar with the industry and have great […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Outlines and Notecards and Timelines, Oh My! How to Plan Your Plot

    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 three weeks Widbook will be my guest. So we’ve […]

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    New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, Fergus #32

    by Sabrina Ricci Writing
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    Here’s an excerpt from my latest article in IndieReader! This zine is like a wonderful mix of a blog and journal. Much of the story is broken up by drawings and real photos. But what struck me the most was how the story was very raw and stream-of-consciousness. For example, the zine was supposed to be […]

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    Writing a Strong Book Description, a.k.a. The Blurb

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    After the cover, a book description may be the most important tool in selling a book. On a print book, the blurb appears on the back cover. For ebooks, this is the description that appears on every sales page, usually below the cover and just before the reviews. Concise tends to be better, and for […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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    Pocket Gems Launches First Interactive Mobile Story Platform, Episode

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Pocket Gems is known for being a leader in the mobile games space (well-known games include Tap Paradise Cove, Animal Voyage: Island Adventure and Campus Holiday), but today the company is officially launching an interactive mobile story platform called Episode, on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Users can interact with animated stories that were built specifically […]

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    Finding Ebook Bestsellers

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    With so many new books being published each year, the options for finding new reads are practically endless. More lists catering to different audiences have been springing up over the past couple years to help book buyers. But this post is for both readers and writers. For readers, there are many lists out there that […]

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    Indie Authors: Earning Money Through Ads/Sponsorships

    by Sabrina Ricci Funding

    Selling ebooks is not the only way to earn money from a book. Authors can also take part in subscription services or give away books for free to upsell other products. But there’s also a third option: ads/sponsorships.  Two years ago, Digital Book World posted the results of a survey of 5,000 people that found book buyers said they […]

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    7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Self-publishing is growing, and with it come new resources. One of the biggest hurdles of being an indie author is finding readers and getting reviews (which helps find more readers). Some people may still consider self-publishing a stigma, and some writers may think that promotion takes away too much time from writing. But many sites, including Outramp, Your Writer […]

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