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    Indie Authors: Book Awards

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Book awards are a great way for a book to gain prestige and can be an effective marketing tool (you can include a seal on the cover to make your book stand out). They can also lead to traditional publishing contracts. (See my post on becoming a hybrid author.) As a starting point, The Book Designer offers a […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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    Indie Authors: Earning Money Through Ads/Sponsorships

    by Sabrina Ricci Funding

    Selling ebooks is not the only way to earn money from a book. Authors can also take part in subscription services or give away books for free to upsell other products. But there’s also a third option: ads/sponsorships.  Two years ago, Digital Book World posted the results of a survey of 5,000 people that found book buyers said they […]

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

    by Sabrina Ricci 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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    Issue #40 of Self Publishing Carnival of the Indies!

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Every month, Joel Friedlander posts a collection of informative blog posts about self publishing on his site, The Book Designer. This month, my blog post by guest author Ron Glick about using Kindle Countdown deals was included! You can check it out, along with all the other awesome posts, in this month’s issue of Self Publishing […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding an Editor

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    J E Henderson, author of the Credara series, has kindly agreed to let me publish an email exchange we had, which provides some insight into why it’s important for indie authors to work with editors and how to find the right one. Henderson’s editor is Lynette M. Smith of All My Best Copyediting. “I found […]

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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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    Freebie Strategies for Indie Authors

    by Sabrina Ricci Distribution

    UPDATE: Author David Gaughran has also kindly answered a few additional questions.  Using free as a tool can be very beneficial to authors. When Amazon first started their KDP Select program, many authors were able to take advantage of the five freebie days offered during every 90-day exclusivity period, and shoot to best-selling status. However, […]

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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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    Slideshare: Write or Read #MyStartupStory

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    My Write or Read #MyStartupStory presentation is the SlideShare of the day! If you like it, please share and/or embed. More shares mean WoR has a better shot at winning the #MyStartupStory contest!

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    Self Publishing Platform Updates

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion

    In the last few months, a lot has changed with some of the major self-publishing channels, specifically Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. Kindle Aside from Amazon launching Kindle Worlds, which changes the way fan fiction is written and published, it also recently started publishing Kindle Single Interviews. The second interview will be with Obama. Additionally, when you […]

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    Learn How to Make Beautiful E-Books

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    I recently finished my first Udemy course, where I teach how to make e-books using free tools! For a limited time, you can access the course at a discount price of $17. Click here to register now! Here’s a little more about what the course entails: Create professional, high-quality e-books, at no cost to you! […]

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    Interview on Scribd: Getting the Word Out

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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      Yesterday Scribd posted an interview with me on self-publishing tools and getting book reviews. It was a great experience and I want to thank Taylor for the interview. Below is an excerpt. You can read the full article here. It used to be that the success of a book was dictated by the reviews […]

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    Self-publishing, the Slush Pile, and Print Books

    by Sabrina Ricci Self-Publishing

    Self-publishing may be the new slush pile. In the past, the slush pile has been the pile of unsolicited manuscripts sent by aspiring authors in hopes of being picked up by a publisher. Now, some publishers are looking to pick up books that have already proven to be successful. They offer authors bigger advances and […]

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    Marketing Indie Books

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing

    Marketing can be a tricky aspect of self-publishing. On the one hand, there’s really no limit to the amount of money you can spend doing it, but there are a lot of ways to be ineffective. Below are a few guidelines I’ve learned from experience and heard about from other writers on creating effective marketing […]

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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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    What Do Authors Want?

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    Digital Book World hosted a webinar a while back, called “What Authors Want.” The webinar was meant to promote DBW’s survey of 5,000 authors. The survey was submitted to the Writer’s Digest community (whose writers tend to be female and over 35, and write fiction), as well as SFWA (mostly male fiction writers), Romance Writers of America (mostly female writers), and […]

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    Book Discoveries and Recommendations

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    For self-publishers, after writing a book, the next biggest step is making people aware that it exists and is worth reading. But in such a saturated market, it can be hard to get your book discovered. Here are three book recommendation tools. Word of mouth is still the most effective way to make a book […]

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    More Resources for Digital Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    I’ve extended my blog to include a large, hopefully helpful, list of resources that cover all aspects of digital publishing: agents, analytics, apps, associations, blogging, coding, contests/awards, design, distribution, ebooks, editing, entrepreneurial, funding, internships, jobs, legal, magazines, marketing, metadata, news, reading, reviews, self-publishing, startups, trends, video, webinars, and writing. (If I’ve missed anything, please let me […]

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    Treasures of The Morgan Library & Museum

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    Last weekend, I finally visited The Morgan Library & Museum, which houses J.P. Morgan’s collection of art and books. The special exhibit currently on display celebrates the 100th anniversary of Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Proust. Interestingly, Proust self-published his book in 1913 (with the help of a backer).

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    Polishing a Self-Published Book

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    I read a couple really helpful articles on Digital Book World that can help indie authors. The first gives some tips on how to design a cover optimized for Amazon, and all the other retailers where readers only see a thumbnail image. The second article gives a list of front matter and other tips on […]

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