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    Guest Post: Want to Step Up Your Facebook?

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Sheena Mathieson – Freelancer Facebook is such a big platform that has helped out so many indie authors. Here are some more tips on Facebook fan pages, from guest author Sheena Mathieson. Today, the world meets on a platform and that social platform is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s child has brought us closer and knitted […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

    by Sabrina Information

    Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on […]

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    Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

    by Sabrina Information

    It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation […]

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    Indie Authors: Using YouTube

    by Sabrina Information

    Video can be a very important component of an indie author’s marketing strategy. In addition to book trailers, authors can make videos for a myriad of purposes, such as Behind the scenes Showing off research that went into the book Interviews Having actors play characters or scenes Explaining concepts (for nonfiction books) Animating themes or […]

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    Indie Authors: Selling Books

    by Sabrina Information

    After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it’s nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus

    by Sabrina Information

    Google Plus is a social media platform that is not as talked about as Facebook or Twitter, but can be very important, depending on your niche. Google Plus Basics For those who may not be too familiar with Google Plus, here are a few of the basics. First, you fill out a profile, with a […]

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    Indie Authors: Building Your Brand and Writer Platform

    by Sabrina Information

    To be a successful indie author, you need to have a brand / writer platform. At first, this may sound like a daunting task. And yes, it is a lot of work. But I’ve found that it helps to outline goals, and then break down your plan into small steps that you can easily do […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    How To Promote Your Self-Published Book (Guest Post)

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Pedro Barrento – Ideas for a Revolution This post was originally published on Pedro Barrento’s blog, Ideas for a Revolution. Barrento is the author of two books, The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale, and Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story. After almost two years promoting my own books I’ve reached the […]

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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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    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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    App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

    by Sabrina 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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    Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Promoting Children’s Books

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Louisa Clarkson – Indicated Now that more and more people self-publishing, it can be hard for new books to get noticed. With that in mind, Louisa Clarkson, founder of Indicated, a promotional resource for indie authors and small presses, has shared three helpful tips on how to promote children’s books, the genre with arguably the most […]

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

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

    by Sabrina 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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