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    Everything you need to know about the logistics of self-publishing: writing, editing, legal, marketing, funding, ebook conversion, sales and distribution

    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Publishing eBooks For Fun, Education, And Profit

    by Sabrina Information

    By Brian Wu – SI Guides Indie publishing means authors can focus on the niche subjects they are passionate about. Brian Wu, of SI Guides, shares insight on educating children with niche stories about illnesses. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s easier than ever for artists to create. Singers and song writers can create new music and connect […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding Support in Writing Forums

    by Sabrina Information

    Writing can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t always need to be a solitary one. Sometimes authors need feedback, support, or conversations with other empathetic writers. Here is a list of online writers’ forums and groups of writers who meet in person: Accentuate In Other Worlds Kindle Forum Mars Social Published Authors Scrawl Suvudu […]

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    Indie Authors: Crowdsourcing/Team Publishing

    by Sabrina 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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    The Ins and Outs of Blogging as a Professional Writer

    by Sabrina 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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    New Ebook for HIMYM Fans: How I Met Your Media

    by Sabrina 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 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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    New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, Forever Falling Sideways

    by Sabrina 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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    App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

    by Sabrina 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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    Widbook Guest Post: Don’t Overwrite On

    by Sabrina 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 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 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 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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