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Self Publishing Journeys

The Self Publishing Journeys podcast is a weekly show for all indie authors. Show host Paul Teague interviews self- published authors about their writing journeys, passing on hints, tips and tricks along the way. He'll also chat to experts in related fields - proofreaders, development editors, cover designers, PR specialists, author platform creators - and they'll be offering their best advice and strategies.
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Apr 24, 2017

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, Graham Smith has also been a regular reviewer for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.

As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.

After (what Graham describes) a few terrible drafts littered with amateurish mistakes, he managed to write a book good enough secure a publishing contract with Caffeine Nights for his debut novel.

He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.

Graham's latest book - Watching The Bodies - is released the day after this episode goes live :-)

Graham's website: https://www.grahamsmithauthor.com/

Follow Graham on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor

Follow Graham on Twitter: https://twitter.com/grahamsmith1972

Graham's Blogspot site: http://grahamsmithwriter.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=2406007d4e2370d6

Graham's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU

Graham's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/66851.Graham_Smith

Graham on Bloodhound books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/graham-smith/

Graham Smith on Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/graham-smith

Crime and Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

CrimeSquad: http://crimesquad.com/

Apr 22, 2017

1) My forthcoming Crime Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

My two books will not be accessed via InstaFreebie, Don't Tell Meg will be free, Dead of Night will be 99p - this is an exercise in driving traffic!

2) These are the promo sites that I have listed on:

Book Gorilla http://www.bookgorilla.com/

Freebooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

The Books Machine http://www.thebooksmachine.com/deals/dealspromote.html

eBookSoda http://www.ebooksoda.com/

3) Crime Book Junkie https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

4) Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-where-are-the-young-british-indies/

Apr 17, 2017

Adam Croft is a British author, principally of crime fiction, best known for the Kempston Hardwick Mysteries and his Knight & Culverhouse thrillers.

In 2015, Her Last Tomorrow quickly became one of the biggest-selling self-published books of the year.

Adam regularly takes part in discussions and panels on publishing and the future of books, and was featured by the Guardian in 2016 as a top-selling self-published author.

His work has won him critical acclaim as well as four Amazon bestsellers, with his Kempston Hardwick Mysteries being adapted into audio plays starring some of the biggest names in British TV.

Find Out More:

Adam's website http://adamcroft.net/

Follow Adam on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/adamcroftbooks/

Follow Adam on Twitter https://twitter.com/adamcroft

Adam's Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adam-Croft/e/B004RBG2TQ

Adam's Goodreads Author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4594443.Adam_Croft

Self-publishing tips from Adam via Reedsy https://blog.reedsy.com/self-publishing-tips-adam-croft

Adam featured in his local newspaper http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/author-adam-committing-perfect-crime-soaring/story-28769581-detail/story.html

Adam featured in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/02/adam-croft-self-published-her-last-tomorow-story

Adam featured in The Bookseller http://www.thebookseller.com/news/biggest-selling-self-published-book-2016-lands-amazon-deal-331089

Adam on BBC Look East, June 2016:

Adam on BBC Look East, Feb 2017:

Apr 15, 2017

) Thursday's writing progress was 5008 words:

Writing progress

The book is now called Burden of Guilt ... but I may yet change it to So Many Lies :-)

1) Current working title and cover for my work-in-progress - Burden of Guilt:

  1. Burden of Guilt by Paul J.Teague

2) Podhero: http://www.podhero.io

3) Interview recorded with Justin Sloane: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

4) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

6) ALLi Q&A with Orna Ross on Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il9598LmUxw&feature=youtu.be

7) 20BooksTo50k Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

8) The Kindling community - this is a paid product and this is my affiliate link: https://self-publishing-academy.com/Kindling

9) This week's InstaFreebie leads added via http://abam.info/instafreebie/

InstaFreebie subscribers

 

 

Apr 10, 2017

1) Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/writinglife

2) Rachel's German translations:

3) Vellum software: https://vellum.pub/

How to use Vellum on a PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

4) Dragon Dictation software: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/DRAGON [My affiliate link]

5) Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/home/

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/

Bargain Booksy: https://www.bargainbooksy.com/

Hot Zippy: http://hotzippy.net/

E-Reader News Today: http://ereadernewstoday.com/

6) Thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/howitworks

7) Crimefest: http://www.crimefest.com/

Harrogate Crime Festival: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

8) Rachel at the Brisbane workshop for writers:

9) Rachel's new book:

General Links:

Rachel's website: https://www.rachelamphlett.com/

Follow Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAmphlett

Rachel's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5070038.Rachel_Amphlett

Rachel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rachelamphlett.author/

Rachel on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rachelamphlett

Rachel's UK Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Amphlett/e/B005EK7TRI

 

Apr 8, 2017

1) Hurrah! I got writing again this week. 5178 words written, this book has to be 1st draft completed by Friday 16th June. It's working title only at the moment, I need to come up with something much stronger!

I'm using the Novel Factory to plot out my book: https://paulteague.com/how-and-why-i-use-the-novel-factory-to-plot-my-books/

2) I'm co-hosting a live Q&A with Orna Ross from the The Alliance of Independent Authors on Tuesday 11th April - find out more at http://selfpublishingadvice.org/event/ask-alli-member-qa-self-publishing-questions-answered-by-orna-ross-and-paul-teague/

3) I won a Bronze in this year's Wishing Shelf Awards. I'm not really entering awards any more, mainly because most of them are social media 'beauty contests' or outright money-making schemes, however, the Wishing Shelf Awards is highly recommended, because it's judged by real readers and is totally independent. I spoke to the creator of these awards, Edward Trayer, for the podcast, you can listen to the interview here.

4) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

6) Link to Instafreebie Leads Explosion webinar replay: https://paulteague.com/instafreebie-leads-explosion/

7) Check out Graham Smith, a future podcast guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU

7) Check out Jason Blacker, another future podcast guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0/

8) QuickBooks for UK-based sole trader accounting: https://paulteague.com/QBooks [this is my referral link]

Apr 3, 2017

Self-Publishing Journeys is 1 year old today!

One year happy birthday

Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers.

Iain worked for many years as a mobile telephone salesman.

After publishing his debut novel, The Final Winter, in 2011 to great success, he quit his job and became a full time writer.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences.

He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and runs his own online training website, azofselfpublishing.com.

Iain Rob WrightEpisode 57, release date Monday 3rd April, 2017

Find Out More:

Iain's website: https://www.iainrobwright.com/

Follow Iain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iainrobwright

Iain's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Rob-Wright/e/B0052WR48C

Iain's Goodreads author profile :https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4888646.Iain_Rob_Wright

Iain's Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/authoriainrobwright/

Iain's original blogger site: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.co.uk/

Iain's author training website: https://azofselfpublishing.com/

Talking points:

1) Iain's author income blog post: https://azofselfpublishing.com/self-publishing-earnings-2016/

2) Iain's YouTube video, showing his author income since he began self-publishing:

3) Stuart Bache book covers: http://stuartbache.co.uk/

4) Write It Now software: http://www.ravensheadservices.com/

5) EasyAzon Wordpress plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easyazon/

Also see Amazon Link plugin: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-link/

6) Book Funnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

7) Merch by Amazon: https://merch.amazon.com/landing

8) Zippy courses: https://zippycourses.com/

9) Drip email marketing: https://exploring.drip.co/best-marketing-automation/

Apr 1, 2017

1) The benefits of using YouTube - page views grow consistently over time and drive decent web traffic:

YouTube stats

2) This is a preview for my InstaFreebie webinar on Wednesday 5th April - you can register via https://free-book-giveaways.com/webinar/

InstaFreebie Leads Explosion

3) My InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway event has gone really well this week https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

This is what the leaderboard looks like: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard-mar2017/

4) Amazon Academy event took place in Manchester on Friday 31st March.

Speakers were:

Tracy Bloom https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracy-Bloom/e/B00BSRA0TA/

Keith Houghton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Houghton/e/B005UMEUJA/

Joseph Alexander https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Alexander/e/B008VW6Q0M/

Amazon Academy

5) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

7) My Q1/Q2 planning boards:

 

 

 

Mar 27, 2017

Angela Marsons discovered her love of writing at Primary School.

She began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

Angela self-published two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

After many, many submissions she signed an 8 book deal with Bookouture as their first crime author.

Find Out More:

Angela's website: http://angelamarsons-books.com/

Angela's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angela-Marsons/e/B00J6D3914

Angela's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7942666.Angela_Marsons

Follow Angela on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaMarsonsAuthor/

Angela's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/WriteAngie

Talking points:

Bookouture article announcing that Angela has sold over 2 million books: http://www.bookouture.com/2017/01/30/angela-marsons-sells-two-million-books/

The People's Friend: https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/

Kindle Direct Publishing: https://kdp.amazon.com/

Bonnier Publishing: https://bonnierpublishing.com/

Lorella Belli Literary Agency: http://www.lorellabelliagency.com/

The Festival of Writing is hosted by Writers' Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html

Mar 25, 2017

1) I got my trilogy formatted at http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

2) This is a preview for my InstaFreebie webinar on 5th April – I'll share the registration link for this from Monday 27th March:

InstaFreebie Leads Explosion

3) My next InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway event which starts on 27th March https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

4) Amazon Academy event in Manchester on Friday 31st March http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy-manchester/

Visiting speakers:

Tracy Bloom https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracy-Bloom/e/B00BSRA0TA/

Keith Houghton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Houghton/e/B005UMEUJA/

Joseph Alexander https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Alexander/e/B008VW6Q0M/

Darren Wearmouth https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darren-Wearmouth/e/B00EBIGIZI/

5) The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

6) The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

7) Bookbub book promotions https://www.bookbub.com/home/

Mar 20, 2017

Avril McDonald grew up in New Zealand, trained as a primary school teacher then become a Managing Director of a Digital Entertainment Company in London.

A desire to create beautiful characters and stories that help kids manage tough emotions and feel brave led her to develop www.feelbrave.com

This project also has a charitable arm at www.friendsoffeelbrave.com which has the vision ‘To give all children access to tools to help them manage tough emotions and reach their true potential’.

Avril has signed her first deal with Crown House Publishing for a series of six children’s books (five children’s books and a teacher’s accompanying book) to help tackle personal, social and emotional development in children.

Find Out More:

Avril's website: http://www.feelbrave.com/

The charitable arm of Avril's project: http://www.friendsoffeelbrave.com/

Avril on the Waterstones website: https://www.waterstones.com/author/avril-mcdonald/142272

Connect with Avril on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avrilmcdonald28745

Avril's page on The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency website: http://belllomaxmoreton.co.uk/childrens/avril-mcdonald/

Avril's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avril-McDonald/e/B015TJWKX6

The Feel Brave books on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeelBraveLtd

The Feel Brave books on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feelbrave/

Avril's pins on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/crownhousepub/feel-brave-series-childrens-books/

Talking points:

Tony Robbins' Morning Ritual: http://sourcesofinsight.com/start-your-day-like-tony-robbins/

PeoplePerHour outsourcing site: http://www.paulteague.com/pph [My affiliate link]

BookBaby self-publishing: https://www.bookbaby.com

Wix websites: http://www.wix.com/

Crown House Publishing: https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/

Avril's press page: http://www.feelbrave.com/press-

Avril's Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1639726590/feel-brave-stories-to-help-children-manage-tough-e

Avril's social enterprise work: http://www.friendsoffeelbrave.com/

Mar 18, 2017

1) The Crime & Publishment event that I attended last Friday http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

2) The ALLi Author Fringe is this Saturday - find out more about the event at http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

Link to my presentation page http://selfpublishingadvice.org/speaker/paul-teague-lbf2017/

3) My next InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway eventcan be viewed here https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

4) The Amazon Academy event in Manchester is on Friday 31st March http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy-manchester/

5) My trilogy is all ready to go:

Don't Tell Meg trilogy

6) Amazon is nagging me about being ready in time :-)

Amazon nag message

7) My exploration of a lorry cab - for authorial purposes!

 

Mar 13, 2017

Merita King’s stories are inspired by watching Star Trek – with William Shatner – and Blakes 7, which was really popular in the UK in the 70s.

Merita is the creator of The Lilean Chronicles, The Sinclair V-Logs series and several standalone stories.

She is a self-published author and regular blogger who also provides some excellent and helpful ‘how to’ articles on her website.

Merita began writing in 2011 and has a back list of twelve books to her name.

Merita’s website: https://meritaking.com/

Merita on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeritaKingNovelist/

Follow Merita on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meritaking

Merita’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762816.Merita_King

Merita’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merita-King/e/B0062NEATG

Merita’s Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/103300817631297019460

Merita on Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/MeritaKing

Talking points:

Blake’s Seven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake’s_7

Mailchimp for email marketing: http://www.paulteague.com/mailchimp-ar [Affiliate link]

InstaFreebie: http://www.paulteague.com/IF [Affiliate link]

Hootsuite: http://www.paulteague.com/hootsuite [Affiliate link]

Merita’s article on EIN numbers and USA tax: https://meritaking.com/tag/tax-code/

Merita’s compelling description of her self-publishing journey:

Since June 2011, I have been writing novels and short stories and now have a backlist of twelve books, with another finished to first draft and yet another half written. All have failed to sell and still nobody is interested in my work. I have tried doing free giveaways, one facebook release event I arranged garnered the impressive attendance of just 2. I am now experiencing the painful trauma of realising that I am wasting my time publishing and probably should not bother doing so again. When I say painful, I mean it. Failing at this is the most painful thing of my entire life so far. I cannot adequately explain how much I want to be a successful novelist, and to fail so spectacularly is a burden that is too much to bear.

Merita’s writing for readers blog post: https://meritaking.com/2014/02/11/write-for-readers-dont-write-for-writers/

Merita’s romance novel: https://www.amazon.co.uk/W-O-L-Merita-King-ebook/dp/B00J9V9VCE/

Arthur C. Clarke novel ‘Childhood’s End’: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood’s_End

Mar 11, 2017

1) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending this week: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

The ALLi Author Fringe is next Saturday!

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

2) My InstaFreebie Giveaway event - update.

My Giveaway page: https://freebie-books.com/

The leaderboard: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard/

Promo images that I have made available to participants: https://freebie-books.com/giveaway-promotional-images/

I am considering offering a paid-for Instafreebie service via a Wordpress multisite - users would get a cloned version of my Giveaway, done-for-you Google Forms and built-in training videos.

The Giveaway pages would be re-usable.

Find out more about Wordpress Multisite https://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

This is what the template would look like: https://freebie-books.com/template/

They'd get a leaderboard and promos page too.

Any thoughts on this? What would that service be worth to you?

Please drop me a line at paul@paulteague.com

3) Mark Edwards on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0/

Linwood Barclay on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linwood-Barclay/e/B001IGONCG/

Harlan Coben on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harlan-Coben/e/B000APCH7Y/

4) Vellum formatting software https://vellum.pub/

How to use Vellum on a PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

5) My holding book covers for future projects - I know that Backpacker looks like a hiking book at the moment, but I couldn't find a decent image to get the ball rolling!

BackpackerGatedLeft for Dead

6) Helen Fazal does my editing work, here is her podcast interview link https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-13-helen-fazal/

Katja L. Kayne is the creator of The Novel Factory software https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-10-katja-l-kaine/

7) StartUp is on Amazon Prime, not Netflix (oops, sorry about that!) but it's well worth a look if you like thrillers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Startup-Season-1/dp/B01M5DOUUW

7) This week's writing progress:

[I'll add my accountability screen shots once the writing is done!]

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-on-the-high-street/

Mar 6, 2017

After gaining a New Zealand Certificate in Science, Wendy Scott worked in a variety of different laboratories in New Zealand and Australia in the fields of salt, meat, dairy and wine.

While living in Adelaide, she spotted a course on Novel Writing offered by WEA.

She signed up immediately and made a commitment there and then that she would write a fantasy novel.

Wendy then completed other creative writing courses, joined the South Australia Writers’ Centre and published her first novel - Ferrasium.

Find Out More:

Wendy's website: http://www.wendyjscott.com/

Follow Wendy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyjaynescott

Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-scott-366a6749

Wendy's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyScott

Wendy's Hieroglyph website: http://www.hieroglyph.ws/

Wendy's WJ Scott website: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott

Wendy's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAGVKpSHYM4zzXcJWoWrcDQ

Talking points:

WEA in Australia: https://www.wea-sa.com.au/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/

The Wishing Shelf Awards: http://www.thewsa.co.uk/ (listen to my interview with the creator of The Wishing Shelf Awards, Edward Trayer, here: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-32-edward-trayer/)

Readers' Favorite Award: https://readersfavorite.com/

This is an example of the star logo that Readers' Favorite gave me for a 5-start review, which you can read here.

5 Star Award

Scrivener, writing software: http://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp for email marketing: https://mailchimp.com/

ACX.com for audiobook creation and slaes: http://www.acx.com/

Mar 4, 2017

1) ALLi Author Fringe promos have begun now.

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

2) My Thrillers are now on pre-release, I've received my notifications that the books have to be ready by 19th March even though they're released on 23rd March.

Don't get caught out by this, you can lose the option to use pre-releases for a year if you don't hit the correct deadline date.

Kindles pre-release messages

3) My InstaFreebie Giveaway event - first try!

My Giveaway page: https://freebie-books.com/

The leaderboard: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard/

Promo images that I have made available to participants: https://freebie-books.com/giveaway-promotional-images/

The clicks are content between 8am on Monday 6th March until 8pm Sunday 12th March.

4) My new Amazon Author page for the thrillers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-J.-Teague/e/B06XBLSL6Q/

5) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending next week: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

6) Frostbite Publishing which I'm trying out as a formatting service for my 3 x thrillers: http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

7) This week's writing progress:

Dead of Night 40k words

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-indies-on-the-curriculum/

Feb 27, 2017

Russell Holden is a book designer with over 15 years of graphic design experience.

He manages layout, page design, creating covers, interiors and even photo tweaking for all book genres.

Russell’s services are listed on the Reedsy site and he runs his Pixel Tweaks imprint from the Lake District, helping authors to get their pages out out of Word and into printed form.

Russell has also self-published his own book and helped to publish more than 30 other books alongside indie authors.

Find Out More:

The Pixel Tweaks Publications website: http://pixeltweakspublications.com/

Russell’s Reedsy profile: https://reedsy.com/russell-holden

Pixel Tweaks Publications on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pixeltweakspublications

Connect with Russell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russellholden

Pixel Tweaks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pxtwx

Bone-anchored hearing aid/BAHA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone-anchored_hearing_aid

Russell’s book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/My-Acoustic-Nemesis-Russell-K-Holden/0993467970/

Zamzar file convertor: http://www.zamzar.com/

Lightning Source: http://www.ingramcontent.com/publishers/lp/lightning-source

Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/

InDesign: http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/indesign.html

Nielson ISBN orders: http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121

Widows & Orphans explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widows_and_orphans

Russell’s Reedsy page: https://reedsy.com/russell-holden

Feb 25, 2017

1) This week's writing progress = 5201 words, taking The Murder Place up to over 36k words now.

The first draft should be written by 17th March now, if I can turn around editing fast enough, I hope to release this book on 3rd May.

Paul's writing progress

2) New subscribers since February 1st, all due to my use of InstaFreebie:

Getresponse subscribers

Get InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

My Instafreebie promo page for my 6-12 March event - don't share yet please :-) https://freebie-books.com/

3) The Alli Author Fringe (online) event: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/5-week-countdown-to-indie-author-fringe/

Alliance of Independent Authors: https://paulteague.com/ALLI [My affiliate link]

4) My book pre-sales book listings on Amazon:

Don't Tell Meg: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06WWFJLC3/

The Murder Place: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06WWPFCQ7/

5) Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

Email response from Kindle Scout:

Kindle Scout

6) I highly recommend Vellum for formatting your ebooks: https://vellum.pub/

If you use a PC, here is how you can access Vellum without a MAC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

7) I've decided to have a go at getting my thrillers formatted for Createspace - I'm taking http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/ out for a spin ... I'll let you know how it goes :-)

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-starting-out/

Feb 20, 2017

Falsely accused of arson and manslaughter and thrown in a Spanish jail, David P Perlmutter turned real life drama into a full-time writing career following the success of his debut novel ‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’.

After the success of this novel David decided to share with other indie self-published authors his guide to getting his novel to the #1 spot in True Crime on Amazon’s USA Chart.

David has since gone on to write two more ‘My Way’ books ‘My Way Too’ and ‘My Way Free – Trending on Twitter.’

He recently signed a publishing contract with Austin Macaulay which offers a hybrid publishing model.

Find Out More:

David's website: http://www.davidpperlmutter.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davepperlmutter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wrongplacewrongtimebook/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidpperlmutter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6333276.David_P_Perlmutter

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-P-Perlmutter/e/B0089Y9DW0

Interview with David at IndieAuthorLand: http://www.indieauthorland.com/archives/113/Kindle-eBook/interview-with-david-p-perlmutter-author-of-wrong-place-wrong-time/

Interview Talking Points:

David's LinkedIn articles: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_3kK4JMi5chT5POxIAwFUNL

David's Waterstone's page: https://www.waterstones.com/book/wrong-place-wrong-time/david-p-perlmutter/9781786936271

David's Austin Macauley page: http://www.austinmacauley.com/author/perlmutter-david-p

Feb 18, 2017

1) This week's writing is being done on Saturday - I'll post my progress image here once it's done :-)

2) My InstaFreebie book links:

This is the InstaFreebie giveaway that I'm taking part in: http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

I'm using Pretty Link for my tracking links [My affiliate link]

I have added over 350 new subscribers into just two of my lists in the past 7 days:

New subscribers

Get InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

My promo page - don't share yet please :-)https://freebie-books.com/

InstaFreebie promo

3) The Alli Author Fringe (online) event: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/5-week-countdown-to-indie-author-fringe/

Alliance of Independent Authors: https://paulteague.com/ALLI [My affiliate link]

4) The Author School event on 13th March: https://www.facebook.com/TheAuthorSchool/

5) The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April: https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

6) Iain Rob Wright, who I'm interviewing next week: http://www.iainrobwright.com/

Feb 13, 2017

David Penny is the author of the Thomas Berrington Historical Mystery series set in Southern Spain during the final tumultuous years of Moorish rule.

Three books are currently available in that series with a fourth, The Incubus, being released in early 2017.

When not writing or conducting research trips in Andalusia, David is Technical Manager for ALLi – The Alliance of Independent Authors.

He is also part of the team that runs the Indie Author Fringe events three times a year.

David's website: https://www.davidpennywriting.com/

Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidpenny_

David's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidpennyauthor/

David's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Penny/e/B0034Q1INU

David's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8081436.David_Penny

Talking points:

David's interview with The Alliance of Independent Authors: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/sunday-success-stories-how-i-do-it-my-indie-author-adventure-by-david-penny/

David's case study on Joanna Penn's blog explaining his Facebook advertising strategy: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2016/11/24/facebooks-ads-beginner/

David's cover designer, Jessica Bell: https://www.jessicabellauthor.com/

Damonza book covers: https://damonza.com/

See David's 1970's sci-fi books: https://www.davidpennywriting.com/books/

The Harrogate Crime Festival: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

Amazon ACX for audiobooks: https://www.acx.com/

Joanne Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Recommended source of indie author guidance]

CrimeFest: https://www.crimefest.com/

Mark Dawson's Facebook Advertising For Authors course: https://www.selfpublishingformula.com/facebook-advertising-for-authors/ [I have paid for this course and found it extremely beneficial]

The Alliance of Independent Authors: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link, highly recommended!]

Feb 11, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - I'm now 50% of the way through Dead of Night :-)

2) My InstaFreebie book links:

The Grid 1 on InstaFreebie: https://instafreebie.com/free/PgVtL

The Secret Bunker 1 on InstaFreebie: https://instafreebie.com/free/pnClt

Get InstaFreebie: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

A couple of things that I forgot to mention!

Author cross-promotion site (for InstaFreebie): https://www.authorsxp.com

The Grid 1 listing (for InstaFreebie promos): https://www.authorsxp.com/add-my-book/young-adult/1236-the-grid-1-fall-of-justice

The Secret Bunker 1 listing (for InstaFreebie promos): https://www.authorsxp.com/add-my-book/young-adult/1237-the-secret-bunker-1-darkness-falls

Mark Dawson's Facebook Genre Groups: http://info.selfpublishingformula.com/facebook-genre-groups

3) My Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1074408.Paul_Teague [My affiliate link]

4) Quickbooks Self-Employed - recommended tool for UK self-employed authors: http://paulteague.com/QBooks

5) Carlisle's Borderlines Book Festival: http://www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk/

6) My self-publishing training site: http://self-publishing-academy.com/

7) Alliance of Independent Authors: http://paulteague.com/ALLI [My affiliate link]

8) GoToWebinar - the best webinar tool: https://www.gotomeeting.com/en-gb/webinar

Feb 6, 2017

Keith Dixon has been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary.

He’s the author of seven novels in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing.

His most recent book, the crime thriller Storey, was published in October 2016.

The first of his crime novels, Altered Life, is currently available in Portuguese and shortly in Spanish.

The second, The Private Lie, is now available in Italian and soon in Portuguese.

The book Actress is available in Chinese, Spanish and Italian. and was also number 1 in the Women’s Fiction free download section.

Feb 4, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5092 words written with a 21,076 total to date:

Dead of Night progress

This is the book that I'm writing:

Dead of Night

2) My rejection this week was from Moth books: https://themoth.org/books

3) Instafreebie: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

4) Zapier (used for moving leads from Mailchimp to GetResponse): https://zapier.com

5) Mailchimp: http://www.paulteague.com/mailchimp-ar [My affiliate link]

I use this for training purposes, it's great for beginners but as you build your list you'll probably want to progress to another tool.

GetResponse: http://www.paulteague.com/getresponse [My affiliate link]

This is the email marketing service that I've used for several years.

6) ACX for audiobooks: http://www.acx.com/

7) Vellum: https://vellum.pub/

My article about using Vellum on a PC rather than a Mac: http://www.paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

8) Alliance of Independent Authors - highly recommended for all indie authors! http://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link]

9) Another tax update sorted, with 0% retention in the USA:

Tax update

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-around-the-world/

Jan 30, 2017

Pip Reid is the co-founder of Bible Pathway Adventures a childrens’ author and an app creator.

She is based in New Zealand and will be more familiar to readers as Pip Dumbill which is the author name that has appeared on books prior to her recent marriage.

Pip writes adventures that help bring the Bible to life for parents and children and has a strong desire to create tools that help children understand the true foundation of their faith.

She completed a diploma in Writing for Children before embarking on her writing career.

Find Out More:

Follow Pip on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pip_dumbill

The Bible Pathway Adventures website: http://www.biblepathwayadventures.com/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Pathway-Adventures/e/B00NCAKS8O/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biblepathwayadventures

Bible Pathway Adventures on Pinterest: https://nz.pinterest.com/biblestory4kids/ [Highly recommended that you check out Pip’s use of Pinterest as an author]

Bible Pathway Adventures on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComeOnAHeartJourney

Bible Pathway Adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biblepathwayadventures/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Biblepathwayadventures2014

Bible Pathway Adventures on app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run/id839702361?mt=8

Bible Pathway Adventures on Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BiblePathway

Talking points:

1) Upwork (for finding international freelancers): https://www.upwork.com/

2) Patreon (for encouraging support from your fans): https://www.patreon.com

3) Kickstarter (for crowd funding): https://www.kickstarter.com/

4) Fiverr (for very small, outsourced jobs): http://www.paulteague.com/fiverr [My affiliate link]

5) Scrivener (recommended writing tool): http://www.paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

6) Kindle Kids’ Book Creator: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1002979921

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