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  • Joining Indie Publishing and Publishing Communities/Associations

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    As an indie author, a traditionally published writer, or even someone in the publishing industry, it can be really helpful to join communities and associations, whether for moral support, business support, or even just advice on what works. There are a number of associations to join. Below are a few, in no particular order: Independent Book Publishers […]

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    Indie Authors: Crowdsourcing/Team Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    Ebook Review: The First Sunday

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Title: The First Sunday Series: Yes, Book One of Sunday Rose Author: R. J. Berry Genre: Christian literature/Historical fiction Publisher: R.J. Berry Release Date: October 18, 2011 Format: ebook Pages: 136 Source: author Rose always knew what she wanted. But the Lord had other plans for her. In this engaging story, author R.J. Berry is […]

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    Ebook Review: Seeing Colette

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Seeing Colette Series: No Author: Yon Walls Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: April 16, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 162 Source: author After a fatal epidemic, a young Colette Stonethrower flees her village to a life as an orphanage guardian, until another tragedy changes everything. As she leaves again on faith, migrating far […]

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    Ebook Review: The Hybrid Author

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: The Hybrid Author Series: No Author: Dianne Sagan Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Dianne Sagan Release Date: April 11, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 191 Source: author A publishing industry in constant change, authors find themselves trying to make decisions about whether or not to self-publish or traditionally publish. Now you have a book that explains the […]

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    Indie Authors: Pricing Your Ebooks

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Pricing an ebook may be one of the hardest pieces of marketing when self-publishing. After writing, editing, proofing, designing, packaging, promoting, and uploading to distribute, the next step is to decide how much to charge. Most people say it’s best to experiment with pricing, either by price pulsing or even just changing things up every […]

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    The Ins and Outs of Blogging as a Professional Writer

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    An Interview with Daryl Gregory, author of Afterparty

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Daryl Gregory is the author of Afterparty, a sci-fi thriller about neuroscience, drugs, crime, and God that has been highly rated by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. You can purchase your copy here. See below for the official description: It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a […]

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    Turning Your Ebook Into an App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps

    Sometimes it makes sense for a book to be transformed into an app. Forbes wrote a piece back in 2012 about whether the future of books will be as apps. Two years later, and it doesn’t seem to be true, but in some cases it could work. New tools have made it easier for authors to create […]

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    4 Sites That Make News Social

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    My recent post about PressReader got me thinking about how news is created and shared nowadays with online tools. Online portfolios, crowdsourcing, social media, and livestreaming are all new developments in how journalism is being presented. CNN iReport Through iReport, CNN allows anyone to upload news stories. Not all articles are fact-checked, but some are vetted by […]

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    Ebook Review: The Author Training Manual

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: The Author’s Training Manual Series: No Author: Nina Amir Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books Release Date: February 18, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 256 Source: Blog tour Anyone can publish a book and become an “author,” but if you want to become a successful author with a profitable publishing career, you need a clear, […]

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    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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    Ebook Review: Credara, Rise of the Kraylen

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: CREDARA: Rise of the Kraylen Series: Yes, book one of The Credara Trilogy Author: J E Henderson Genre: Fantasy Fiction / Christian Fiction Publisher: Arc-Pen Publishing Release Date: February 1, 2013 Format: ebook Pages: 316 Source: author Set thousands of years after Lucifer and his Kraylen horde fell to the might of the Sitcian […]

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    Why You Need an Editor (And How to Save Money Finding One)

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    After writing a book, the next big step is to edit it. Editing is incredibly important because it helps to make a book the best it can be, by keeping the story flow, making sure all the events are consistent, developing the characters, and even correcting grammatical and spelling errors, among many other things. It […]

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    Print Books and Bookbinding

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    This post is just for fun. Even though I prefer ebooks now, print books still have a special place in my heart (I own nearly 1,000 of them). So for anyone interested in learning the art of bookbinding, you should check out the site aboutbookbinding.com. There you will find information on sewing, hand finishing, and even […]

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    Ebook Review: Terror at Mirror Lake

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Terror at Mirror Lake Series: No Author: Hank Kellner Genre: Thriller Publisher: Hank Kellner Release Date: January 24, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 176 Source: author If you think Hannibal Lecter was evil, wait until you meet Luke Downing, a killer so evil he makes Lecter look like an altar boy. Terror lurks in the […]

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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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    Indie Authors: Designing Books and Choosing Fonts

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Indie authors are sometimes called authorpreneurs, because they have to act like entrepreneurs and make all the decisions about their books. This includes how to design books. And one of the most important design elements is typography. Butterick’s Practical Typography has a great overview of what constitutes typography and why it matters. Keep in mind that […]

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    Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Ron Glick This post was originally published on http://godslayercycle.wordpress.com/. Ron Glick, an indie author of 9 comic trivia books and 5 novels, shares his insights and experiences with intellectual property. Read his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. In recent months, the subject of intellectual property rights has become a very big issue for me personally. […]

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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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