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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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    Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

    by Sabrina Design

    When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there’s a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos? To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and […]

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    Readers and Writers: Library News

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Libraries are an important part of the book publishing world, and it’s been a while since I mentioned them in a post, so here’s a collection of links to library news, services, and more. Library Databases “American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More)” by Gary […]

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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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    An Interview with Kyle Prue, Author of The Sparks

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Kyle Prue is the author of The Sparks, book one of the Feud Trilogy. Here’s the official description: Could you forgive your sworn enemy if it meant saving your family, legacy and beloved city from the hands of an evil power? The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given […]

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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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    Ebook Review: The Fifth Crusade

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Fifth Crusade Series: The Crusades Book 2 Author: Mark Butler Genre: Historical fiction Publisher: Mark Butler Release Date: December 29, 2013 Format: ebook Pages: 168 Source: author The year is 1215 in medieval Europe. Pope Innocent III is waging two Crusades simultaneously. The smaller Albigensian Crusade is a vicious war on the Cathars, […]

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    Guest Post: Global Fans? Get Global Links

    by Sabrina Distribution

    By Cole Lakes – Director of Operations, GeoRiot GeoRiot builds links that work “across countries, devices, and stores.” The company also recently acquired BookLinker.net, which creates a universal link for a book “that works for all Amazon stores.” If you’re an indie author, chances are you’re taking advantage of Amazon’s international online store to promote and sell […]

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    RedShelf: Affordable E-Textbooks

    by Sabrina EBooks
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    RedShelf is a platform that allows students to access e-textbooks. The company started in June 2010, when the co-founders Tim and Greg were asked by a professor to create a digital course packet. They developed the e-reading technology while still in college, and started forming partnerships with campus bookstores. Now RedShelf has more than 160,000 […]

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    Indie Authors: Gathering Data and Marketing Your Work

    by Sabrina Information

    You may already know, but I’m a big fan of data. It’s so useful, and can help streamline and make book marketing so much more effective, among other things. One great way to collect data is to do surveys. One great example of how survey data pays off is musician Jim Bianco’s album, Cookie Cutter. NPR […]

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    Indie Authors: Know Your Rights

    by Sabrina Information

    Writing and publishing books can be so much more than simply put a print and ebook out. As indie authors, you have rights to your intellectual property, and you can, to quote The Creative Penn, “exploit” them. Orna Ross said on The Creative Penn that “indie authors can sell rights themselves. The book is just […]

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    I Know Dino: The Podcast

    by Sabrina Publishing

    After months of researching, interviewing, and polishing, we have finally launched our long-awaited I Know Dino podcast (part of a larger I Know Dino project, which involves blog posts, books, and more)! You can find our new, free podcast on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i-know-dino/id960976813?mt=2 Our first episode features Pete Larson, president of the Black Hills Institute […]

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    Ebook Review: The Wonderful Alice of Oz

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Wonderful Alice of Oz Series: Oz-Wonderland (Book 3) Author: Ron Glick Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ron Glick Release Date: January 1, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 181 Source: author Three Wicked Witches vie for control of the Magical Land of Oz, while the Wizard appears no closer to solving the mystery of how to return […]

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    An Interview with Heather Thurmeier, Author of Pinch of Me, Dash of You

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Heather Thurmeier is the author of Pinch of Me, Dash of You, a contemporary romance novel. Here’s the official description: Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 3

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 2

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 1

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the first in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: LinkedIn

    by Sabrina Information

    LinkedIn is known for being a professional network, and a great place to share your resume online. As an indie author, here are a few ideas of how to use LinkedIn to your advantage: Add your books with links to sale pages on your profile page. LinkedIn allows you to upload cover images, either under […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Goodreads

    by Sabrina Information

    Next up in the Indie Author Marketing Guide series is Goodreads. Goodreads is a social network for book lovers, now owned by Amazon. Users can join groups, follow authors, rate and review books, compile lists of read books, and promote books with giveaways. According to The Creative Penn, “Goodreads’ recommendation engine is an algorithm similar […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Pinterest

    by Sabrina Information

    Happy 2015! To kick off the year, I’m starting a series of posts that focus on using social media. Today is all about Pinterest. Pinterest is all about sharing (or pinning) images, and there are many ways indie authors can use this social media platform to their advantage. You can pin images to different boards, and […]

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    2014 Year in Review: Taking Stock and Setting Goals

    by Sabrina Information

    Happy holidays and happy new year! As this will be my last post of the year, I thought now would be a good time to look back and see what progress I’ve made as a writer and ebook developer, and figure out my goals for next year. This year I kept a spreadsheet keeping a […]

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