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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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    2014 Year in Review: Taking Stock and Setting Goals

    by Sabrina Information

    Happy holidays and happy new year! As this will be my last post of the year, I thought now would be a good time to look back and see what progress I’ve made as a writer and ebook developer, and figure out my goals for next year. This year I kept a spreadsheet keeping a […]

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    Indie Authors: Print on Demand (POD) Options

    by Sabrina Distribution

    For indie authors, it’s good to have options. This means making your book available in multiple formats: ebook, audio, and print. Just a few years ago, financing your own print books would have been either very expensive, take up a lot of garage space, or both. But now there are companies that offer short runs […]

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    Indie Authors: Selling Print Books and Working with Bookstores

    by Sabrina Information

    For indie authors, it can be harder to sell print books than ebooks. But, there are a number of opportunities and methods authors can use to sell print books, and even get their books into bookstores. Holly Brady outlines tips for authors when approaching bookstores. This includes working with local bookstores, working with POD services not […]

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    Indie Authors: Dealing with Reviews, the Good and Bad

    by Sabrina Information

    Not everyone will like your book. And sometimes, you may end up with a one-star review. I’ve been there, and initially it feels like a punch in the gut. So what’s the best way to deal with a negative review? Respond? Ignore? Take the feedback into consideration?

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    Lessons Learned From Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback and Web Therapy

    by Sabrina Information

    Originally posted on my author site on 11/17. I am a TV addict. I have a spreadsheet that tells me what channel and time all the current shows I watch air. My husband set up a DVR that can record up to 4 shows at once, though that’s not always enough. I know the dates […]

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    How To Promote Your Self-Published Book (Guest Post)

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Pedro Barrento – Ideas for a Revolution This post was originally published on Pedro Barrento’s blog, Ideas for a Revolution. Barrento is the author of two books, The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale, and Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story. After almost two years promoting my own books I’ve reached the […]

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    Indie Authors: Translating Books for Multiple Audiences

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Thanksgiving is almost here, so I’m going to keep this post short and simple. One way indie authors can expand their market and increase their sales is to offer their books in multiple languages. Here are two tools that can help you with translation: Babelcube: Use this site to find a translator. Instead of paying […]

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    5 Fast Ways to Write an Ebook

    by Sabrina Information
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    Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tanisha Williams, founder of ChatEbooks, a social media ebook marketplace that connects authors and readers. If you consider yourself a proficient writer, you’ve probably toyed around with the idea of writing a book. However, most of us are pretty busy and writing a book can be a tedious, […]

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    Indie Authors: Working with Beta Readers

    by Sabrina Editing

    Beta readers are amazing. They can help find plot holes, grammar mistakes, and other issues with manuscripts. They help save you time and money with editing. And they are part of your fan base, and a great first marketing step for a book. According to Belinda Williams, it’s important to find the right kind of […]

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    eBookStage, a New Marketing Tool for Authors

    by Sabrina Information
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    eBookStage is a new site that offers readers deals for their favorite ebooks. Indie authors can take advantage of the site by submitting their discounted or free ebooks, which eBookStage can help promote to its audience. Daniel Weber, the co-founder and marketing manager at eBookStage, answered some of my questions about the service and how authors […]

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    Planning an Effective Video Strategy with MWP Digital Media

    by Sabrina Information
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    Sometimes it can be difficult for indie authors to think about video, but having a YouTube channel with book trailers, author interviews, and more can help boost an author’s platform. In order to find out what kind of videos work best, My Web Presenters (MWP) Digital Media has a new video marketing comparison tool, which […]

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