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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Recently I learned about a new tool called Authorly, which can turn books into apps to sell in all the major app stores, including Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon app store (see my post, “Turning Your Ebook Into An App“). Authorly allows authors to easily create apps for their books, and make them interactive. And […]

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    Indie Authors: Formatting Books in InDesign

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Adobe’s InDesign is a wonderful tool. The software is expensive, though if you are a student or teacher you can get a slight discount, but if you have access to it I highly recommend using it. InDesign can be used to layout a book PDF, as well as be the starting point for an ebook. […]

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    Indie Authors: Making the Most of Twitter Profiles

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Twitter recently changed the layout of profiles, which creates a lot of opportunities for authors. Lynda.com has a very helpful database of articles, including a recent one called “Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page.” It goes over in detail the changes in Twitter headers. Below is an excerpt: In the center column of […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books With Videos

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    With digital media, indie authors can now take advantage of videos to help grab the attention of readers and sell their books. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and there’s a lot to consider. Videos can be used in multiple ways, such as teaser trailers, snippets of scenes, author interviews, and even […]

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    Poetica, A New Editing Tool

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing
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    Very recently, a new tool for editing called Poetica (that I’ve been waiting on for nearly two years, since I first heard about it at Books in Browsers) launched. Poetica was created to bring the elegance and trust of paper editing to the digital world. As you can see in the image above, editors can add annotations, comments, […]

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    Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Marketing is a huge, integral part of indie publishing, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of different pieces, but one of the most effective and longest lasting is building an email list. The email list has a few different names. Mailing list, subscribers, sign-ups, newsletter. But it all boils down […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding Your Audience

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    It’s not the most glamorous aspect of indie publishing, and it’s definitely hard work, but finding the target audience for your book is an important step when it comes to successfully self-publishing. Knowing your readers and who may be potentially interested in what you have to say can make marketing down the line much, much […]

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    Indie Authors: Book Rights

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    This month I’ve started working seriously on my passion project, I Know Dino. One of my goals is to get a few dinosaur ebooks out, starting with a picture book I’ve been working on for a while about how Brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur (even though it used to be my favorite). Last weekend, I found an […]

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    Joining Indie Publishing and Publishing Communities/Associations

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    As an indie author, a traditionally published writer, or even someone in the publishing industry, it can be really helpful to join communities and associations, whether for moral support, business support, or even just advice on what works. There are a number of associations to join. Below are a few, in no particular order: Independent Book Publishers […]

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    Indie Authors: Crowdsourcing/Team Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Indie authors have a lot on their plates. In addition to writing great books, indie authors have to take care of all the other tasks involved in publishing books. That includes editing, proofreading, marketing, distributing, promoting, and more. It’s a lot of any one person to handle. And so team publishing has become a bigger […]

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    Indie Authors: Pricing Your Ebooks

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Pricing an ebook may be one of the hardest pieces of marketing when self-publishing. After writing, editing, proofing, designing, packaging, promoting, and uploading to distribute, the next step is to decide how much to charge. Most people say it’s best to experiment with pricing, either by price pulsing or even just changing things up every […]

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    The Ins and Outs of Blogging as a Professional Writer

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Blogging is one of the best ways to build a platform, both as a book author and as a freelance writer. I plan on posting more about the specifics of being a freelancer, now having done it for a while, but blogging seems a good place to start, since it applies to both types of […]

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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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