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What to expect when you are publishing on subscription services – AC de Fombelle | Guest Post

What to expect when you are publishing on subscription services – AC de Fombelle | Guest Post

In April 2017, Netflix reported having over 98 million subscribersworldwide, including more than 50 million in the United States. Deezer currently has 16 million monthly active users, and 6 million paid subscribers as of 29th Jan 2017. In June 2017, Spotify reported to have over 140 million monthly active users, with over 50 million paying subscribers. Subscription services are well and truly here to

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: June 2017 | Douglas Burcham

Douglas writes a follow up to his post in February 2017 in his Writing and Reading for Pleasure series with a reflective post on recent activity.   Reading One  Thursday I did not go shopping for short stories. My intention is to spend some time on looking at the latest fashions on book cover design

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Fifty Shades and the Martian Self-Publishing Marketing Secrets – Zachary Jarvis | Guest Post

When people think of an eBook success story, they tend to think about Fifty Shades of Grey. It was an eBook that was released by a small Australian company that also did print on demand and became a worldwide phenomenon. The Writer’s Coffee Shop didn’t have a big marketing budget, and so the legend that

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Publishing Service Index: May 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for May 2017. Our last index was released in February 2017. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months the changes

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What to expect when you are publishing on: Barnes & Noble (NOOK) – AC de Fombelle | Guest Post

The first sentence of the Wikipedia article about Barnes & Noble reads: Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media, and educational products in the country. That sets the tone. Barnes & Noble is an historic bookstore chain in the US (born in 1886,

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Essential Editing Stages a Self-Publisher Should Go Through – Sophia Anderson | Guest Post

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them. – Elie Wiesel It seems like Elie Wiesel conveyed the importance of editing

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Publishing Service Index: February 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for February 2017. Our last index was released back in December 2016. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months the changes were very modest,

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7 Mistakes that Ruin a Writer’s Self-Publishing Efforts – Micheal Gilmore | Guest Post

Can you tell the difference between a successful self-published author and the one who doesn’t make it? It’s not about the literature. It’s more about character, persistence, and proper promotion. For those who don’t want to bother with publishers, self-publishing seems like the right solution. It’s cheap, easy, and everyone can do it. That’s the

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Book Cover Design: Why people might not like yours – Joshua Jadon | Guest Post

Have you ever thought about the role a book cover design plays in order to make a particular book a bestseller? Book cover designs are quite crucial for attracting the attention of your audience and readers. And yes… there are book covers published which are hated by people! Can you guess why? If you can’t,

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On Rushing, Delusions, and Snake Oil: 5 Easy Pieces of Indie Author Advice – Dominic Carrillo | Guest Post

Don’t Rush Is it because we’re dying to see our words bound by a cover with our name on it? Or are we just too eager to share our stories? Whatever it is, most indie authors are on the fast track to getting their book published and up on Amazon.com. Don’t make this mistake. Rushing is

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