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    Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina Ricci 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 Ricci 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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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books With Videos

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    An Interview with Jeffrey Bennett, author of Math for Life and The Max Science Adventures series (part 2)

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Note: I’ve broken this interview up into two parts. This is the second part, and it focuses more on Jeffrey Bennett’s children’s books, and how his books were the first children’s books read in space! Read part 1 about his work as a non-fiction author here. To recap, Jeffrey Bennett is a researcher, educator, author, and one of […]

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    An Interview with Jeffrey Bennett, author of Math for Life and The Max Science Adventures series (part 1)

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    Note: I’ve broken this interview up into two parts. This is the first part, and it focuses more on Jeffrey Bennett’s work as a non-fiction author. Click here for part two, which discusses Bennett’s children’s books, and how his books were the first children’s books read in space! Jeffrey Bennett is a researcher, educator, author, and […]

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    5 Ways Gaming Can Help Indie Authors Increase Sales

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    I recently wrote an article about the similarities between self-publishing and being an indie game developer (soon to be up on IndieReader–stay tuned). It’s pretty cool actually, how the process of creating, marketing, and selling games is so close to the process of writing, marketing, and selling e-books (both even have a few big platforms to […]

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    Kindle, Kindle, Kindle: Amazon’s Latest Publishing Tools

    by Sabrina Ricci Distribution
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    In the last week, Amazon has made three big announcements, all of which I think have the potential to greatly help indie authors. Kindle Countdown Deals The first, and most exciting in my opinion, is the Kindle Countdown Deals. What this means is that authors who publish e-books on Amazon have an easy way of […]

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    McDonald’s, the Book Distributor

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing
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    I couldn’t resist. When I heard that McDonald’s planned to give away over 20 million books with their happy meals during the first two weeks of November, I knew I had to see for myself. So on the first day, I bought my first happy meal in like 20 years. To be completely honest, I was excited […]

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    Books in Browsers 2013

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    I went to my second Books in Browsers last week (see last year’s recap day 1 and recap day 2), and was not disappointed! For those who many not know, Books in Browsers is “a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.” […]

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    iDreamBooks, A Book Review Aggregator

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    iDreamBooks is a site that aggregates reviews of books. The goal of the site is right in the tagline: Never read a crappy book again! Founded in 2012 by Rahul Simha, Vish Chapalamadugu and Mohit Aggarwal, iDreamBooks moved to San Francisco as part of 500 Startups. Patrick Lee, co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes, was an early investor, which works […]

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    Infographic: The Self-Publishing Landscape

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Happy Friday! Here’s an infographic that shows the self-publishing landscape, for both print and e-books. Data compiled from Bowker, The Book Seller, and The Guardian. To learn more about self-publishing and making e-books, check out my Udemy course, “How to Create Beautiful E-Books,” and my latest book, “How to Create Your First E-Book.”

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    Student-Managed Book Publishers

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Student-run presses are not a new concept. Most MFA programs for creative writing publish literary journals, which MFA students work on while in school. And many universities have student-run newspapers, such as UCSB’s Daily Nexus. But not many schools have student-run book publishers. A couple weeks ago, I met an author whose book had been acquired […]

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    Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold #3

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing

    Last night’s meeting was actually more like the 15th meeting, but I don’t often get the chance to attend anymore, so this is only my third post about the group. The speaker was Jeffrey Sussman, president of Jeffrey Sussman, Inc., a marketing public relations firm in New York City.  The email I received about the […]

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    Immersive Storytelling

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Transmedia, apps, and other forms of immersive storytelling are getting more and more popular. For large worlds like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones, to name a few well-known examples, immersive storytelling can be a great extension or better way to connect with readers.

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    6 Tips to Successfully Crowdfund a Project

    by Sabrina Ricci Funding

    Crowdfunding is hard. To do it successfully, and to be like the high profile projects on Kickstarter, Indie Go Go and other platforms and raise thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars means treating the crowdfunding process like a full-time job. Here are some tips I’ve learned the last couple years, both from experimenting with crowdfunding […]

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    What Self-Publishing and Internet Marketing Have in Common

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    For those of you who don’t know, ClickBank is an affiliate marketing website. People can sign up to either sell their information products, or to promote products and receive a cut of the sale. Recently I was looking through ClickBank’s site, and I stumbled across their tips for Internet marketers. Many of their tips can also be […]

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