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Merry Christmas From The Independent Publishing Magazine

Merry Christmas From The Independent Publishing Magazine

2017, another year almost gone and Christmas is upon us in a few days. It’s been a record year for visitors and traffic to The Independent Publishing Magazine. We’ve released our last Publishing Service Index of 2017 this month and the trends we have seen throughout the year continue with more and more authors migrating to online publishing platforms

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: December 2017 – Douglas Burcham

I’m delighted to say Douglas joins us for his year-end post “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” column with details of activities in 2017 and his thoughts for 2018.   On writing My writing for pleasure year in 2017 has been more productive than in 2016. Completion of the self-editing process for drafts up to a final read

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Publishing Service Index: December 2017 [with notes]

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for December 2017. Our last index was released in September 2017. The index continues to shrink and the latest index sees the final departure of five companies. Frankly, they were bottom of the pile service providers. So, I shed no tears. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found

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In Defense of Dialogue in Fiction and Beyond – Karen Bridges | Guest Post

“… It’s there in the air between us, that electricity. It’s palpable. I can almost taste it, pulsing between us, drawing us together.” E.L. James, 50 Shades of Grey. Palpable electricity that pulses and you can taste it. What does it taste like? If you know the answer, share it with us in the comments

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Amazon Launches Online Store in Australia

Amazon.com Inc. is now up and running in Australia, offering millions of products and one-day delivery in some areas, seeking to seize a share of the nation’s growing online retail market. The e-commerce giant will offer products across more than 20 categories, including consumer electronics, clothing and sports equipment, and offer free delivery on some orders,

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Essential Tips for Creating a Novel That Sells to the Public – Sarah Robinson | Guest Post

Most people know how to read, but not a lot of them know how to write. Unfortunately, it follows that not everyone who knows how to write also knows how to write a novel, let alone write one that the average book reader would buy in a heartbeat. You might be one such novelist who

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We are Where we are – Bonnier Closes Type and Tell Self-Publishing Platform

No sooner has the self-publishing community digested the news of the closure of Macmillan-owned platform Pronoun, publisher Bonnier Books Nova has decided to shutter its self-publishing service platform Type & Tell at the end of this year. Type & Tell is no longer activating new accounts and has contacted its author community to inform them

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The 10 Best Books on Writing – Amelia White | Guest Post

The problem with books on writing is that they can be written by anybody. Amazon is simply loaded with thousands of books that promise to teach people how to write faster, better, more efficiently, more concisely, and so forth. Yet, most of the books you read on this subject are just terrible because they are

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Macmillan will Close Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun in January 2018

Macmillian purchased the self-publishing platform Pronoun in May 2016 and it offered some very favourable terms for indie authors. Despite growth and increased popularity, the platform has stopped taking new author accounts and will close in January 2018. The announcement was made on the Pronoun website on November 6th. Two years ago Pronoun set out

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How to Promote Your Book with Social Media – Lynn Adamsen | Guest Post

Gone are the days when writers had only writing to think about. Publishers were the only ones in charge of book marketing. Naturally, their goal is to generate more book sales, so they still promote their authors. However, a huge part of the promotional campaign falls on the author’s shoulders. We’re not talking about showing

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