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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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    Writing a Strong Book Description, a.k.a. The Blurb

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    After the cover, a book description may be the most important tool in selling a book. On a print book, the blurb appears on the back cover. For ebooks, this is the description that appears on every sales page, usually below the cover and just before the reviews. Concise tends to be better, and for […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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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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    Finding Ebook Bestsellers

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    With so many new books being published each year, the options for finding new reads are practically endless. More lists catering to different audiences have been springing up over the past couple years to help book buyers. But this post is for both readers and writers. For readers, there are many lists out there that […]

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    PressReader: Connecting People Through News

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    PressReader is an innovative app that connects readers with more than 2,400 newspapers in 57 languages. The app can auto-deliver content, save articles, and share via social media. Earlier this year, the company released an interesting graphic of the top stories of 2013, along with facts about how and when people read. Nikolay Malyarov, EVP, Chief […]

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    Indie Authors: Earning Money Through Ads/Sponsorships

    by Sabrina Ricci Funding

    Selling ebooks is not the only way to earn money from a book. Authors can also take part in subscription services or give away books for free to upsell other products. But there’s also a third option: ads/sponsorships.  Two years ago, Digital Book World posted the results of a survey of 5,000 people that found book buyers said they […]

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    7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Self-publishing is growing, and with it come new resources. One of the biggest hurdles of being an indie author is finding readers and getting reviews (which helps find more readers). Some people may still consider self-publishing a stigma, and some writers may think that promotion takes away too much time from writing. But many sites, including Outramp, Your Writer […]

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    Writing Serials (Part Two): An Interview with Susan Kay Quinn

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Yesterday I compiled a post that covered the basics of writing serials (you can read it here). Today I’m sharing my interview with successful speculative fiction author, Susan Kay Quinn. Last year, she wrote season 1 for her serial, The Debt Collector. How she came up with the idea is interesting, and she goes into detail of how she […]

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    Writing Serials (Part One)

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Indie authors today have an abundance of options when it comes to choosing what to write. Sure, they can all be ebooks (and print), but depending on the length, they go by different names. There are novels, blog books, novellas, essays, collections of short stories, children’s books (picture, middle grade, and YA), poetry, long form […]

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    Common Core Standards and Educational Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    The Common Core Standards are being implemented in more and more states, changing the expectations in educational publishing and causing publishers to adapt. Recently, I attended an interesting webinar hosted by the Copyright Clearance Center, called Innovation and Disruptions in K–12 Educational Publishing. Common Core But first, what is the Common Core Standard? It includes rigorous standardized […]

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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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    Ebooks, Print Books, and Distribution: Four New Developments

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Reading up on all the happenings in the publishing industry is one of my favorite activities. And over the last few weeks, there have been a number of interesting developments. I think they all illustrate just how quickly the industry is changing, and indie authors in particular are being offered more and more options. Bestselling […]

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    Issue #40 of Self Publishing Carnival of the Indies!

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Every month, Joel Friedlander posts a collection of informative blog posts about self publishing on his site, The Book Designer. This month, my blog post by guest author Ron Glick about using Kindle Countdown deals was included! You can check it out, along with all the other awesome posts, in this month’s issue of Self Publishing […]

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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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    New Year = New Websites

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion

    It seems like at the beginning of every new year (at least for the past three years), I suddenly get sick of the way my websites look and spend a week or two obsessively redesigning. Well, it’s that time again, and I’m proud to say I have a few new websites in addition to some […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding an Editor

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    J E Henderson, author of the Credara series, has kindly agreed to let me publish an email exchange we had, which provides some insight into why it’s important for indie authors to work with editors and how to find the right one. Henderson’s editor is Lynette M. Smith of All My Best Copyediting. “I found […]

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    Transmedia Story Stream: Don’t read a book–play it!

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    I’ve covered it before, but with new technologies the possibilities for transmedia stories are endless. Even TV shows, such as How I Met Your Mother have gotten into transmedia (I’m actually working on a short ebook about it), and now authors have a new platform they can use to easily expand the worlds of their stories: Transmedia Story […]

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    E-Book Review: A Dangerous Low

    by Sabrina Ricci Action-Adventure
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    Title:A Dangerous LowSeries:YesAuthor:Michael StephensonGenre:ThrillerPublisher:Michael StephensonRelease Date:July 1, 2012Format:e-bookPages:242Source:authorSynopsis:Benjamin Howard, an Assistant District Attorney of a major city, lives the dream. He has a beautiful wife, two adorable children, and the state’s highest conviction rate. On his way to a burgeoning political career, he recently announced his candidacy for Mayor. His life is perfect until he […]

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    Using Kindle Countdown Deals as a Marketing Tool

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Ron Glick Indie authors have to make a lot of decisions when it comes to marketing books. New tools come out frequently. Ron Glick, author of 12 books, weighs in on his experience using Amazon’s Kindle Countdown. Read on for some great insights. Also check out his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. Being an […]

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    Taking a Short Break, and Reading Short

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Well it’s almost Christmas, and for the next couple weeks I’ll be taking what I’ve heard other people call a digital break so I can regroup and be back in full swing come the new year. I might have a couple posts here and there, but for the most part, I won’t be around again […]

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    The Art of Flipping (Books?)

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    I’m in the process of looking to buy my first house (exciting and terrifying, I know!). One thing I’ve noticed is listings for houses on sale tend to use the same key phrases: spacious rooms, great light, charming, near x, y, z freeway, close to shopping, etc. However, even though on paper a house may […]

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