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    5 Fast Ways to Write an Ebook

    by Sabrina Information
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    Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tanisha Williams, founder of ChatEbooks, a social media ebook marketplace that connects authors and readers. If you consider yourself a proficient writer, you’ve probably toyed around with the idea of writing a book. However, most of us are pretty busy and writing a book can be a tedious, […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding Support in Writing Forums

    by Sabrina Information

    Writing can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t always need to be a solitary one. Sometimes authors need feedback, support, or conversations with other empathetic writers. Here is a list of online writers’ forums and groups of writers who meet in person: Accentuate In Other Worlds Kindle Forum Mars Social Published Authors Scrawl Suvudu […]

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    Mining Public Domain Stories for New Content

    by Sabrina Information

    Books in the public domain are free for anyone to use. One way authors can use these stories are as the basis for their own books. An example of a publisher who does this well is Disney, which has produced movies based on stories by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Aesop’s Fables, folk […]

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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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    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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    Widbook Guest Post: Don’t Overwrite On

    by Sabrina Editing
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    By Mary Ann Lombardo – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Mary Ann Lombardo. 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 last three weeks Widbook has been my guest. […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Character Development is Hard and People Are Really Weird

    by Sabrina 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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    Routes to Becoming a Hybrid Author: Submission Guidelines, Literary Agents, Crowdsourcing, and Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

    by Sabrina Information

    There’s a term that’s been floating around the publishing industry for a while now: hybrid authors. It refers to authors who have been both traditionally published and who have self-published, and generally, these are the most successful authors. I not-so-secretly aspire to be a hybrid author, partly because I’m familiar with the industry and have great […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Outlines and Notecards and Timelines, Oh My! How to Plan Your Plot

    by Sabrina 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 three weeks Widbook will be my guest. So we’ve […]

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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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    Writing Serials (Part Two): An Interview with Susan Kay Quinn

    by Sabrina Information
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    Yesterday I compiled a post that covered the basics of writing serials (you can read it here). Today I’m sharing my interview with successful speculative fiction author, Susan Kay Quinn. Last year, she wrote season 1 for her serial, The Debt Collector. How she came up with the idea is interesting, and she goes into detail of how she […]

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    Writing Serials (Part One)

    by Sabrina Information
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    Indie authors today have an abundance of options when it comes to choosing what to write. Sure, they can all be ebooks (and print), but depending on the length, they go by different names. There are novels, blog books, novellas, essays, collections of short stories, children’s books (picture, middle grade, and YA), poetry, long form […]

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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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    New Ways to Write

    by Sabrina Information

    When you write, you don’t always write books. There are many forms of content available, including blogs, research papers, white papers, short stories, articles, poems, flash fiction, and more. Recently I wrote a post about “New Ways to Read,” but now I’d like to focus on all the tools and sites out there that make […]

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    Using Scrivener to Write a Novel

    by Sabrina Information
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    September was a crazy month! I decided a few months ago to write and enter a novel in Quirk Books “Looking for Love” contest, and I ended up writing a love story about two atoms that spend eternity together. The research took me a long time, so I ended up basically doing NaNoWriMo two months […]

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    Marketing Your Blog With Guest Posts

    by Sabrina Information
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    I’ve been reading a lot of posts on Joel Friedlander’s TheBookDesigner.com, which is a great site for indie authors. One recent post was “The Top 7 Strategies for Blog Marketing.” All of the tips made sense, but the two that intrigued me the most was guest posting and blog carnivals. Guest Posts Guest posts are […]

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    Student-Managed Book Publishers

    by Sabrina 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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    Book Country’s Public Launch

    by Sabrina Self-Publishing
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    I’ve blogged about Book Country before, when they first launched and were in beta. But recently the site got a make-over, and now it looks slicker and has a few more features. First, the website now has better navigation. Once you log in, all the main features of the site are easy to find: read 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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    Writing for the Holidays

    by Sabrina Marketing

    I’ve heard this from several writers, especially ones that self-publish children’s books: write books that revolve around a holiday. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought I’d post about it. 

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    Interview on The 13th Cycle

    by Sabrina Books
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    Kris Sampler, author of Love Train, was kind enough to interview me on his blog for The 13th Cycle. Read it on his blog, at http://kriswampler.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/sabrina-ricci/. Find out more about my novella, The 13th Cycle, at http://www.sabrinaricci.com/books/shop/the13thcycle/.

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    Other Self-Publishing Tips

    by Sabrina Editing

    Self-publishing can be a challenge. To do it successfully, you basically run the business of you. Below are some additional things, aside from the writing, editing, marketing, and conversion, to keep in mind.

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