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    Indie Authors and Libraries

    by Sabrina Distribution
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    Libraries are wonderful for indie authors. They open up a whole new audience of readers, but unfortunately the route to getting an indie book into a library is not always very clear. The American Library Association (ALA) has a great fact sheet that goes over what libraries buy, when they look to buy books, what […]

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    Indie Authors and Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) service, where readers pay $9.99 per month and authors are paid out of a monthly fund, seems to be very polarizing. Kindle Unlimited History When KU first launched, many authors complained about it, citing its unfair payment system or how it encourages people to upload short, and often not well written, books (since […]

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    Indie Authors: Self Publishing Advice

    by Sabrina Information

    Being an indie author is tough. There’s the long hours of writing, the nail biting and teeth gritting as you revise your work, and of course there’s marketing, promoting, and hoping that maybe you’ll get a few, or a lot, of readers. Over the years, more and more indie authors have published, and shared their […]

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    Smashwords: An Indie Author Guide

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Smashwords is a retailer and an ebook distributor, and a great choice for indie authors. Why? Because the platform lets you upload once and sell on multiple outlets, saving authors a lot of time, and it offers a number of marketing options. If you want a step by step on how to upload and distribute […]

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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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    Publishing Children’s Ebooks

    by Sabrina EBooks

    The children’s book market is expanding. According to IBISWorld, “e-readers and other popular devices, like tablets and smartphones, make books easier to buy, read and store. Animation and other extra features made possible by these and other devices are making e-books particularly attractive to children.” Jane Friedman also reported that “Children are starting to read […]

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    Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

    by Sabrina Design

    When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there’s a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos? To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and […]

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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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    Title: The Hybrid Author Series: No Author: Dianne Sagan Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Dianne Sagan Release Date: April 11, 2014 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 Hybrid Author […]

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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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