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Writing and Reading for Pleasure (July 2020): Douglas Burcham

Writing and Reading for Pleasure (July 2020): Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham writes another (maybe last) post in his “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” series.    1.0 Introduction On 1st June 2020 I celebrated being a writer for ten years. Writing is not a short-term activity. The first three years – a million words of draft modern fantasy fiction and then five years of not

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10 Ways to Market Your Book on a Budget – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

If you’ve self-published before, you’ll know that book marketing can get very expensive very quickly. Luckily, there are some ways that you can market your book on a tight budget. In this article, we’ll go over 10 of my favorite low-cost marketing techniques that you can use to sell more books. Most of the strategies

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How to Optimize Your Book Blurb with Keywords – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

Ever wondered why some books with a similar profile to yours outsell you? Or, have you wondered why you get a lot of people clicking through to your book from your ads but not buying? It’s more than likely your book description–or “blurb.” In an online bookstore, your blurb is basically your sales page. A

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The Half-Life of Published Works is Shrinking. Here’s What Publishers Need to Do – Paul Perry | Guest Post

Less than two minutes. That’s how long the average user spends on a website consuming content that interests them. The old days of publishing are long gone. Captive audiences no longer subscribe to a few news outlets, spending hours consuming one or more newspapers or magazines in their entirety over morning coffee. These days, people graze

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How to Make an Awesome – and Effective – Book Trailer – Victor Biasco | Guest Post

From the very first one – for a Broadway musical show in 1912 – trailers have enticed us for over a hundred years.  And even though they are now mostly used to promote great films, what these brief video pieces really do is help audiences decide what to consume next. Understandably, we tend to associate

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10 Best Digital Publishing Platforms for Mobile – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Independent authors enjoy the privilege of finding and using unique channels of communication with their target readers, but it forces them to keep in touch with the latest self-promotion technologies. From digital publishing to mobile platforms, they have to embrace cutting-edge solutions in order to approach the audience and sell more books. Although it requires

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Amazon Confirms that CreateSpace and KDP Print will Merge into a Single Platform

Not in the least bit unexpected, Amazon has informed authors that its CreateSpace platform is set to merge with KDP Print soon. This has been on the horizon for more than 18 months since Amazon launched KDP Print in 2016. Authors have been receiving an alert notification on their CreateSpace dashboards over recent days and many

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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part Two) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product. (Part One, here.)   At one point around December, about a month after I had moved to the tiny office run by this black-hearted publishing concern, I had gone for one of my lengthy walks around the pier around midday

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How the Internet of Things Changes Publishing – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

Anyone today can tell you how connected we are to the internet. After all, most of us keep our internet access at our fingertips. The internet isn’t something used solely for necessity anymore, either. Once upon a time, the internet was utilized mainly for finding information. Over time, though, it has become continually more involved

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Google Play Books Platform is Open Again to Indie Authors for Direct Uploads

The Google Publisher Program allowed independent authors and small presses to sell ebooks in the Google Play bookstore. When the program was active it become a cesspool of piracy. Fake authors would sell ebooks they never wrote and  publishing companies would rename all of the main characters in Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey and

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