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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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    Joining Indie Publishing and Publishing Communities/Associations

    by Sabrina 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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    Ebook Review: The Hybrid Author

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Dianne Sagan kindly gave me a review copy of her latest book, The Hybrid Author. Full disclosure: she used my article for IndieReader, “Why Traditionally Published Authors Are Going Indie,” as part of her research. The Hybrid Author is a great resource, and really digs deep into what the relatively new term means. According to Dianne, there […]

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    Indie Authors: Pricing Your Ebooks

    by Sabrina 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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    Indie Authors: Book Awards

    by Sabrina 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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