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Amazon Makes Life Easier For Authors of Historical & Literary Fiction

There are lots of reasons why self-publishing success stories tend to concentrate around writers of “genre” fiction, but it’s a mistake to assume that success is impossible if you write literary fiction or historical fiction (which tends to get lumped … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books

As you might have guessed by the new lick of paint, Let’s Get Visible is out! Grab your copy at: Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | $4.99 Here’s the blurb: Take your sales to the next level! … Continue reading

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Popularity, Visibility & KDP Select

For most writers, anonymity is the biggest hurdle they face. The open nature of digital distribution can be a double-edged sword; there are 1.1 million titles in the Kindle Store after all. While the virtual shelves are endless, and while … Continue reading

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The Bonfire of the Straw Men

In the third of a series of increasingly misguided essays for The Guardian – Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors - Ewan Morrison builds a bonfire of self-publishing straw men. Morrison is convinced that “epublishing is another tech … Continue reading

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Pricing, Visibilty & Experimentation

This blog focuses a lot on getting the basics right: a good story, cover, blurb, sample, and price. However, all of that means little if no-one is actually visiting your book page to begin with. Competitions, blog reviews, giveaways, guest … Continue reading

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Jodi Picoult and the Myth of the Segregated Marketplace

Jodi Picoult made headlines last week for her views on self-publishing, expressed in an interview with the Daily Beast (from Page 2): What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Take a workshop course. You need to learn to give and … Continue reading

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Amazon & The Importance of Popularity

A few days ago, I tweeted a link to a survey which purported to show that self-publishers had captured 77% of the spots on the Kindle Top 200 Science Fiction Bestseller List. As it turns out, the list the survey … Continue reading

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