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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Opportunities for Children’s Writers: Subscription Services

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    Read my latest article in Children’s Writer Newsletter. It’s about subscription services for children’s ebooks, and it covers some of the freelance opportunities for children’s writers. Here’s an excerpt: Ebooks are now mainstream, and as more readers use tablets and e-readers, subscription services have become popular. In the children’s book world, startups and well-established companies alike are offering ebooks […]

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    New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, YOU

    by Sabrina Ricci Writing
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    I’ve got a new column on IndieReader! After my last article about zines, I started sending out for some. Now you’ll see some occasional zine reviews from me. Here’s an excerpt from first one, “A to Zine: YOU.” After getting a crash course in the world of zines, I ended up delving deeper and sent away for a few of […]

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    #GrammoWriMo: The Largest Group of Authors to Collaborate on a Novel

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    NaNoWriMo is coming up, and for those who don’t know, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers pledge to write at least 50,000 words. I’ve done it in the past, and it feels great to finish! This year, Grammarly is participating in NaNoWriMo, but with a twist. They’re launching project […]

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    New Ways to Write

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    When you write, you don’t always write books. There are many forms of content available, including blogs, research papers, white papers, short stories, articles, poems, flash fiction, and more. Recently I wrote a post about “New Ways to Read,” but now I’d like to focus on all the tools and sites out there that make […]

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    Using Scrivener to Write a Novel

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    September was a crazy month! I decided a few months ago to write and enter a novel in Quirk Books “Looking for Love” contest, and I ended up writing a love story about two atoms that spend eternity together. The research took me a long time, so I ended up basically doing NaNoWriMo two months […]

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    Book Country’s Public Launch

    by Sabrina Ricci Self-Publishing
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    I’ve blogged about Book Country before, when they first launched and were in beta. But recently the site got a make-over, and now it looks slicker and has a few more features. First, the website now has better navigation. Once you log in, all the main features of the site are easy to find: read and […]

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    Other Self-Publishing Tips

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    Self-publishing can be a challenge. To do it successfully, you basically run the business of you. Below are some additional things, aside from the writing, editing, marketing, and conversion, to keep in mind.

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    Blogs Worth Reading

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    Below is a list of blogs that may come in handy. They cover grammar, writing, ebooks, and publishing. I’ve also included a few of my friends’ blogs. Some of them are informative, some are quirky, and all are worth looking at. Thoughts on Pages An EPublisher Confesses Cheapass Fiction Engrish Funny Shelf-Awareness Writers Village University Writers Write

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    11 Tips for Writing

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, by Ildar Sagdejev Author Colson Whitehead wrote an article in the New York Times outlining 11 rules on the art of writing. Among them include showing AND telling, write what you know, and of course, don’t worry much about rules. Read the full list here.

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    Writing Sex

    by Sabrina Ricci Musings

    I’m taking an online class, via UCLA Extension, called Writing Sex. It’s interesting. So far, I’ve learned that good sex writing revolves around good character development, and bad sex writing relies too much on cliches and the actual sex act. Does sex writing matter? Well, yes. Just like any other type of writing, it is […]

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    Writing Non-Fiction for Children

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Nonfiction children’s writing covers a very broad category. I was not aware just how broad nonfiction children’s writing can be though, until I read Anastasia Suen’s book, Picture Writing: A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens. So, here is a list of information I have gleaned from Suen about writing nonfiction for children. Read […]

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    Taking online classes

    by Sabrina Ricci Writing

    For the past five or six weeks I have been taking online creative writing classes via the UCLA Extension program. I had never taken an online class before, although I know some universities are starting to incorporate them into their coursework, so I did not know what to expect. As of now, I am about halfway […]

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