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  • Ebook Review: Apocalypse, Diary of a Survivor

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor Author: Matt Pike Genre: YA Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: July 1, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 216 Source: author “I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity.  Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, […]

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    An Indie Author’s Insights On Winning Book Awards

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Matt J Pike Matt J Pike is the author of Kings of the World and Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor (stay tuned for a review of that excellent book). Pike won an award for his book Kings and has agreed to share his insights on the process. Hi all, The wonderful Sabrina has asked me to jot down my experiences when entering […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 1): Setting Up Your Ebook

    by Sabrina EBook Conversion
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    I’m finally working on the second book in my “How to Ebook” series, and I’ve decided that this time around, before I ask for beta readers, I’m going to blog the book. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting articles that detail how to create fixed format ebooks, which are most commonly used […]

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    Ebook Review: Immortal’s Discord

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Immortal’s Discord Series: Yes; Chaos Rising (Book 2) Author: Ron Glick Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ron Glick Release Date: July 1, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 414 Source: author The threat raised by Tarinel’s Song has passed, but the prophecy is still unfinished. Once more, the unlikely heroes of the Eastern Realms are pulled into the […]

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    Indie Authors: Tracking Book Sales

    by Sabrina Information

    Earning a living as an indie author is very difficult. There are no advances, and books compete with well-known authors as well as other forms of entertainment, such as movies, TV shows, and music. A couple years ago, many people claimed that most self-published authors earned less than $250 (even only a few traditionally published authors sell enough books […]

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    Ebook Review: The Memory Box

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Memory Box Author: Eva Lesko Natiello Genre: Thriller Publisher: Fine Line Release Date: June 24, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 358 Source: author What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?In this gripping marriage thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, […]

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    Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover

    by Sabrina Design
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    Last year, I published the first book in my series for beginners on how to make ebooks (currently working on the second, which will focus on fixed format, or children’s books). It was my second book, and I had learned a few lessons from when I published my first book. This time around, I did everything right. […]

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    Ebook Review: Search Word Pro

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Search Word Pro Series: Yes Author: Paul Krupin Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Paul Krupin Release Date: May 2014 Format: ebook Source: author Do you know enough about the latest social media marketing strategies, tactics, and tools to improve your success? Search Word Pro is a very specialized personal tool that helps you discover powerful and […]

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    iBooks Author Templates

    by Sabrina Design

    Ebooks come in a few different formats. I write a lot about EPUB and MOBI/KF8 on this site, which are the formats used by pretty much everyone (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google, Sony, etc.). But there is another format: iBooks (iba). Apple sells EPUB, but the company also developed their own proprietary format in early 2012. […]

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    Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I’d say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that’s because it’s an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, I have a feeling that right […]

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    The Black Chronicles, a New Type of Horror Transmedia

    by Sabrina Apps
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    Transmedia–storytelling through multiple narratives and platforms–is a fairly new medium that continues to fascinate me (see my previous transmedia posts here). Horror author and filmmaker Oldrich Stibor recently founded the company Red Right Hand Publishing to create high-quality transmedia stories, starting with the project The Black Chronicles. The Black Chronicles has many bonus features and elements of surprise. Stibor kindly agreed to answer […]

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    An Interview with J. Boyce Gleason, author of Anvil of God

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    J. Boyce Gleason is the author of Anvil of God, an historical fiction novel about Charles the Hammer and his family. You can purchase your copy here. And here is the official description: It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent […]

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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina 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 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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    New Subscription Ebook Service: Forgotten Books

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    Ebook subscription services are slowly proving themselves. The three current major ones, Oyster, Scribd, and Entitle, are all growing, in both number of subscribers and number of books offered. And they are not the only services out there, as I outlined in my post, “A Brief Overview of Subscription Services” (The Digital Reader also wrote about […]

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    Indie Authors: Making the Most of Twitter Profiles

    by Sabrina 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 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 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 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 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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    Ebook Review: Kill With a Borrowed Knife

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Kill With a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai Author: Michael Wreford Genre: Thriller Publisher: Michael Wreford Format: ebook Pages: 288 Source: author China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives […]

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    Indie Authors: Book Rights

    by Sabrina 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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