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The Cost of Self-publishing a Book: What Most Will Never Want You to Know.

February 10, 2017 by

It's been seven years since I have been in the book publishing business. The learning curve has been a steep one. Some of the things I wish I'd learned in self publishing has been costly. But in the name of learning I would say it has been worthwhile and I want to reveal these to you. You may be shocked at some of the truths about self publishing here but it is not my intention to discourage you from writing and publishing your first, or second, or even, third book. But only that you go in with your eyes open. In ...

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Top free ways to increase traffic to your author website

October 2, 2016 by

I hope some of you non-fiction authors find this helpful. I have many ideas for non-fiction (and will blog more on this later) ... not so for fiction authors--which is what I am. Top tips for my non-fiction author friends to help in their book marketing. Unlike fiction authors like myself there is a fast way for non-fiction authors to build a tribe and get subscribers. How? Webinars. And they are free to create! ...Videos--webinars or short videos of yourself sharing your expertise.  ...Videos--webinars or short videos of yourself sharing your expertise.  Why? They get you a lot of ...

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Best all time picture books for children 4-7

September 20, 2016 by

I realize there are many lists but personally this is one of the best for this age group. When our kids were younger we read these books to them. Some of the best picture books for your 4-7-year-olds. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by J. Viorst Always Room For One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas Amos and Boris and others by William Steig And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! by Dr. Seuss Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack Animals of Farmer Jones ...

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New Christian Book on Miracles: Do Miracles Still Occur Today?

July 28, 2016 by

He's Still Working Miracles:  Daring To Ask God for the Impossible Dana Rongione   About the Book: The life-threatening cancer gone into remission. The barren couple who now hold their newborn baby. The beggar turned millionaire. We've heard the stories. We've listened to the tales. Yet the question still rings out—do miracles still occur today, and if so, why do they seem reserved for a chosen few? In this thorough exploration of some of the most powerful miracles of the New Testament, you will find the answers to those questions and more. Sit on the grassy hillside with the ...

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Convert a manuscript to Mobi and Epub files free, at a click of a button.

June 11, 2016 by

  Most writers already know that to be self-published we have to have our books on Amazon and hopefully on iBooks or Kobo. But how do we convert our word doc manuscripts without having to go through all the technical stuff, or paying hundreds of dollars for conversion? (I've done both. Multiple times!) If you don’t already know, the mobi file is what Kindle uses and epub format is for all other e-readers. With this process you can have a ready file you can pass to your friends with Kindle or other e-readers and they can upload and read on their ...

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How to set up a Goodreads Giveaway (physical book)

June 6, 2016 by

If you’re an author—even a new one—and have done any form of research on Indie or self-publishing you’d have heard of Goodreads. An arm of Amazon it’s where voracious readers congregate and opine about their latest reads. It’s not a bad place to conduct a giveaway. At the time of this writing, Goodreads is experimenting with giveaways for those who only have a Kindle eBook. Traditionally you’d have to give away a physical book—paperback or hardback—but their new promotional tool will soon be available to authors who'd only have ebooks on Kindle to give away. (In case you have ...

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Book Marketing Help– A global customized Amazon link

June 1, 2016 by

For many of us authors we sell on Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon has unique links for different countries. It may not seem like a big deal but why even lose a single potential reader? I thought Book Linker gives us a simple and elegant solution. Get it for each of your Amazon books and when your subscriber clicks on the link it doesn’t matter where they are from, they will automatically get to the Amazon store of their country. Makes it easy for the author (publisher) and for the reader as well. It’s free to use and you can also ...

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How to format your Microsoft word document (manuscript) for print books (paperbacks)

May 21, 2016 by

  Again a follow-along step-by-step process. I have scoured the internet and since I am a visual learner others who are new to Indie publishing and also learn best by watching would find these step by step tutorials I have watched myself useful. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of new Indie authors who waste thousands of dollars “hiring” so-called “publishers” (which are merely printers since real traditional publishers will not charge you but instead will pay you a royalty and also do all the distribution and marketing of your books for you.) This series of self-publishing for the indie ...

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How To Upload Your Manuscript Onto Createspace

May 16, 2016 by

I’ve started a new series to help Indie authors do things themselves for free or for next to nothing. You don’t have to be techie—I am not! But I'm not one to sit around and stare into space like this lady below either. If you are a new author and are unsure of how exactly to upload your manuscript onto Createspace you will find this step by step video helpful. Uploading onto Createspace (the arm of Amazon that can create physical books for you in different sizes, in case you don't know,) doesn't have to be a nightmare. I ...

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What is young adult fiction and who is it for?

April 9, 2016 by

I write fiction for kids and young adults so I belong to quite a few author groups. Although I think most of the authors are amazing people--hardworking, helpful and generally kind--I have been frustrated with how some Indie authors think what YA books should be like. Some feel that just because the protagonist (hero or heroine) is a teen, then the book is a YA. Never mind that the main character behaves like an adult and there is explicit sex and the book's spewing foul language every few paragraphs.   As a parent of pre-teen and even young teens, ...

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