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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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    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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    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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    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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    Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

    by Sabrina Design

    When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there’s a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos? To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and […]

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    Readers and Writers: Library News

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Libraries are an important part of the book publishing world, and it’s been a while since I mentioned them in a post, so here’s a collection of links to library news, services, and more. Library Databases “American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More)” by Gary […]

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    Guest Post: Get More Blog Traffic with These Free Keyword Research Tools

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Brian Lang – Founder, Small Business Ideas Blog Finding and using the right keywords is essential when it comes to running a successful blog. Brian Lang, owner of Small Business Ideas Blog, covers how to research the best keywords. Blogging is a great way for freelance writers and authors to showcase their skills and start building a […]

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    So You Want to Write a Novel: Five Writing Mistakes, According to Grammarly

    by Sabrina Grammar Mistakes
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    Grammarly, a platform that helps writers edit, has taken NaNoWriMo to a new level the past two years with its novel writing group @Grammowrimo. Last November, Grammarly worked with 500 writers to produce a 40,000 word novel. In addition to publishing a novel, they’ve compiled a list of the top five common writing mistakes. See their […]

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    Working as a Freelance Writer

    by Sabrina Information

    There’s been a lot of chatter lately about how writers earn a living. The Write Life has an excellent post, “Talking About Money: Why Writers Need to Be More Honest About How We Earn,” which covers Ann Bauer’s Salon essay on being sponsored by her husband, as well as how other writers earn a living and how […]

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    Guest Post: Global Fans? Get Global Links

    by Sabrina Distribution

    By Cole Lakes – Director of Operations, GeoRiot GeoRiot builds links that work “across countries, devices, and stores.” The company also recently acquired BookLinker.net, which creates a universal link for a book “that works for all Amazon stores.” If you’re an indie author, chances are you’re taking advantage of Amazon’s international online store to promote and sell […]

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    Indie Authors: Gathering Data and Marketing Your Work

    by Sabrina Information

    You may already know, but I’m a big fan of data. It’s so useful, and can help streamline and make book marketing so much more effective, among other things. One great way to collect data is to do surveys. One great example of how survey data pays off is musician Jim Bianco’s album, Cookie Cutter. NPR […]

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    Indie Authors: Know Your Rights

    by Sabrina Information

    Writing and publishing books can be so much more than simply put a print and ebook out. As indie authors, you have rights to your intellectual property, and you can, to quote The Creative Penn, “exploit” them. Orna Ross said on The Creative Penn that “indie authors can sell rights themselves. The book is just […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 3

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 2

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 1

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the first in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: LinkedIn

    by Sabrina Information

    LinkedIn is known for being a professional network, and a great place to share your resume online. As an indie author, here are a few ideas of how to use LinkedIn to your advantage: Add your books with links to sale pages on your profile page. LinkedIn allows you to upload cover images, either under […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Goodreads

    by Sabrina Information

    Next up in the Indie Author Marketing Guide series is Goodreads. Goodreads is a social network for book lovers, now owned by Amazon. Users can join groups, follow authors, rate and review books, compile lists of read books, and promote books with giveaways. According to The Creative Penn, “Goodreads’ recommendation engine is an algorithm similar […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Pinterest

    by Sabrina Information

    Happy 2015! To kick off the year, I’m starting a series of posts that focus on using social media. Today is all about Pinterest. Pinterest is all about sharing (or pinning) images, and there are many ways indie authors can use this social media platform to their advantage. You can pin images to different boards, and […]

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