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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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Jun 24, 2017

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

1) My planning board for Quarter 2 (April – June):

My Q2 planning board

2) The Facebook page for this podcast: https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

3) My Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/PaulTeague

4) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy/

5) How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

 

Jun 19, 2017

Jackson Dean Chase is a Pacific Northwest author and poet who specializes in “Bold Visions of Dark Places.”

Jackson loves science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but it wasn’t until he combined them with pulp thrillers and noir that he felt that he'd really found his voice as an author.

He aims to leave his fiction readers breathless but ALSO writes non-fiction 'how-to' books for authors giving useful advice on specific elements of writing technique.

As an author with over 30 books to his name, Jackson has tried a lot of different strategies on the path to his indie author breakthrough.

Episode 64, release date Monday 22nd May, 2017

1) Jackson's author website: http://www.jacksondeanchase.com/

2) Jackson's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13450002.Jackson_Dean_Chase

3) Jackson's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Dean-Chase/e/B00T4BOAGQ

5) Follow Jackson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacksondeanchaseauthor/

6) Follow Jackson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackson_d_chase

Talking Points

1) The YAAA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YAauthoralliance/

2) Jackson's Tumblr account: http://jacksondeanchase.tumblr.com/

3) Jackson's Wattpad account: https://www.wattpad.com/story/17951564-forever-dark-book-1-of-the-forever-dark-series

4) Book Report for viewing your Amazon sales: https://www.getbookreport.com/

5) InstaFreebie for growing your author mailing list: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

6) Mailchimp, email marketing software: https://mailchimp.com/

7) ConvertKit, email marketing software: https://convertkit.com/

8) 20BooksTo50k Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

Jun 17, 2017

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

1) ManyBooks promo site ... over 350 downloads for $29: http://manybooks.net/promote

2) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy

How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc

3) Leave a podcast review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/self-publishing-journeys/id1086207483

4) The Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

Jun 12, 2017

Ruth Sutton's first novel ‘A Good Liar’ was published in 2012 and two further books that formed the Jessie Whelan trilogy followed in successive years – Forgiven (2013) and ‘Fallout’ (2014)

In 2015 Ruth turned her hand to crime fiction in ‘Cruel Tide’, which was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year.

The sequel ‘Fatal Reckoning’ came out in 2016.

As a self-published author, Ruth is constantly trying new things – she's just launched a crowd-funding campaign, recently recorded her own audiobook and has signed two books with Fahrenheit Press which is marketing her writing to a much broader audience.

Find Out More:

Website: https://www.ruthsutton.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruth-Sutton/e/B001JS1A60

Blog: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthsutton

Interview Talking Points:

1) Fahrenheit Press books: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/

2) Unbound Publishing: https://unbound.com/

Ruth's crowd-funding page: https://unbound.com/books/burning-secret

Ruth's blog post on her crowd-funding experiences: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/almost-there/

3) The Music Farm studio at Egremont: http://www.themusicfarm.co.uk/index.htm

Ruth's blog post on her audiobook recording: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/recording-an-audio-book-lessons-learned/

4) Ruth's blog post on writing explicit sex scenes in her books: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/explicit-sex-in-the-novel-too-much-information/

5) Ruth's blog post on using an agent: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/im-asking-again-do-i-need-an-agent/

Jun 10, 2017

1) Last week's writing progress - this is Saturday and Sunday's writing:

2) Mailchimp 1st automated email 'how-to' video: https://youtu.be/4NXjlTfiYuI

3) My meagre Google Play sales:

Google Play

4) What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know

Blog post: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/06/07/100k-author/

ALLi video presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-june-2017-agenda/

5) My Instafreebie Leads Explosion presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/instafreebie-explosion-how-to-add-thousands-of-targeted-readers-to-your-email-list-paul-teague/

Jun 5, 2017

Before writing books, Sarah Painter worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor.

Sarah writes contemporary fiction with a touch of magic and her debut novel, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller.

She presents the Worried Writer podcast, has just self-published her first non-fiction book – Stop Worrying; Start Writing – and recently signed a new book deal with Lake Union.

In spite of all of those achievements, Sarah is a self-proclaimed worrier and procrastinator.

Find out more:

1) Sarah's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Painter/e/B00CWYQ25E/

2) Sarah's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahpainterbooks/

3) Sarah's blog site: http://www.sarah-painter.com/

4) Sarah's podcast – HIGHLY recommended! http://www.worriedwriter.com/podcasts/

5) My Journey to Publication by Sarah Pianter http://www.carinauk.com/my-journey-to-publication-by-sarah-painter

6) Sarah's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7093560.Sarah_Painter

Talking Points:

1) Sarah's InstaFreebie page: https://www.instafreebie.com/author/SarahPainter

2) Sarah referred to a TED talk by Brené Brown called The power of vulnerability.

You can see the video at: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Sarah also referred to Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote Big Magic: https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

3) Digital book publisher Carina: http://www.carinauk.com/

4) Sarah now published with Lake Union, an Amazon Imprint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1003018741

5) This is the link for the laptop stand that Sarah was describing – it's not the exact model, but this is very similar:
https://uk.backpainhelp.com/posture-stand.html

6) Fancy a garden office? This is where Sarah writes: http://www.boothsgardenstudios.co.uk/

7) Amazon ACX for audiobooks: http://www.acx.com/

8) Rocking Self-Publishing podcast: http://rockingselfpublishing.com/

9) Audiobookboom for audiobook promotion: https://audiobookboom.com/

10) Inspired Cover Designs: http://inspiredcoverdesigns.com/

11) Mark Dawson's courses (recommended): https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

Jun 3, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – 5161 words on Friday, another 5k to come on Saturday:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) I forgot to mention that Don't Tell Meg had been longlisted for the Retreat West First Chapter Competition – more info at http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/

3) The ALLi Author Fringe event running all day on June 3rd: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-newcomers-read-this-first/

4) My How To Use Vellum On A PC …

My original blog post: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

My Teachable course: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

View the course as it's sold on Clickbank: https://use-vellum-on-a-pc.com/ [At the time of publishing, still needs work!]

5) My WordPress Unboxed book on Amazon: https://books2read.com/WP

6) I've just moved over to MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML

7) Here's my affiliate link for InstaFreebie – this is a great way to build a mailing list! https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF

8) My book numbers from the past month – firstly income from my new crime books:

My overall sales and numbers:

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

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

May 29, 2017

Robert Scott-Norton writes high-octane sci-fi thrillers and is the creator of The Tombs Legacy, a universe of fiction.

A lifelong fan of Stephen King and Doctor Who, it was perhaps inevitable that his work would sit somewhere between horror and sci-fi.

Robert’s books all take place in this same story universe – The Tombs Legacy.

His debut sci-fi novel, The Face Stealer, is the first book in a series and sets up this fictional universe.

A second series, set in the future, looks at Southport one hundred years from now as repercussions from The Face Stealer start to be felt.

Find out more:

Robert's books on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Scott-Norton/e/B00GGH0GUU

Follow Robert on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210319.Robert_Scott_Norton

Follow Robert on Twitter https://twitter.com/robscottnorton

Robert's LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertscottnorton/

Robert's InstaFreebie author page https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/3813/robert_scottnorton

Talking points:

1) Terrance Dicks, Dr Who writer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrance_Dicks

2) NaNoWriMo (highly recommended!) http://nanowrimo.org/

3) Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing/

4) The Creative Penn podcast (highly recommended!) http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

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

The Smashwords style guide https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

6) Draft2Digital https://www.draft2digital.com/

Books2Read booking linking service https://books2read.com/

7) Scrivener https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

8) Chris Fox's 5000 Words Per Hour here [Affiliate link]

9) A Week in The Life of an Indie Author http://robertscottnorton.net/writing/a-week-in-the-life-of-an-indie-author/

10) Time management techniques:

David Allen's Getting Things Done http://gettingthingsdone.com/

Zen Habits https://zenhabits.net/

11) Nick Stephenson's Reader Magnets http://amzn.to/2oVHkTq [Affiliate link]

12) Email marketing services:

Mailchimp https://mailchimp.com/ (I don't really like this!)

MailerLite https://paulteague.com/mailerlite  (I'm moving to this service, this is my affiliate link)

13) InstaFreebie

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

Use Zapier to automate the InstaFreebie process https://zapier.com/

14) Book cover websites:

http://www.nessgraphica.com/

https://bookcoverpedia.com/

http://goonwrite.com/

May 27, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) Appearing at Amazon Academy in Edinburgh, representing The Alliance of Independent Authors:

Amazon Academy

3) I did a bit of author research this week! One of the characters in my Don't Tell Meg trilogy is a clairvoyant, Steven Terry.

He's only a minor character, but I like writing him, so I wanted to dig a little deeper!

 

Stephen Holbrook

4) I'm hoping to hit two targets by May 31st.

My first target was to achieve 100k page reads this month - this target has been hit:

Page reads

I am also hoping to break $1000 in book earnings this month - and become a 4-figure author at long last.

Finally, I'm hoping to hit my highest number of podcast downloads in one month by the end of May - I'd like to hit the 3000 downloads mark if I can.

5) My guest blog post for Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/blog/email-marketing-for-authors

6) My first author booking for March 2018 is for the Crime & Publishment event: https://www.facebook.com/CrimePublishment/

7) New Writing North: http://newwritingnorth.com/

May 22, 2017

Mike Bodnar is a former continuity announcer, regional newsreader and TV & radio presenter.

Mike's latest book – Against the Current – is the story of how he and his wife left New Zealand for the UK, choosing instead to take a year-long detour through France, living and travelling on a boat.

He has just recorded it in audio format, but he did all of the voice work himself.

That seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Mike and find out about the good, the bad and the ugly of recording your own audiobooks.

Mike Bodnar in the studio

Talking points:

Check out Mike's audiobook on Scribl (cheapest price) https://scribl.com/books/E8G1A/against-the-current

Blog post 1: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2016/11/22/Books-Aloud

Blog post 2: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2017/01/27/My-Woof-was-Very-Upset

List your audiobook on Amazon ACX http://www.acx.com/

List your audiobook on Author's Republic https://www.authorsrepublic.com/

List your audiobook on Scribl https://www.scribl.com/

Auphonic https://auphonic.com/

Promote your audiobook via AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

ACX bounty program https://www.acx.com/help/50-bounty-program/201556680

May 20, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - this was Saturday's effort:

Burden of Guilt word count

This was Friday's tally:

Dead of Night at 30k words

2) Having spent the previous weekend pulling out all the stops to get Don't Tell Meg to number 1 in the UK, Dead of Night just got there of its own accord with zero promos from me - I was just using up my remaining promo days :-)

 

Dead of Night

3) I recorded my Instafreebie Leads Explosion video for the next ALLi Author Fringe event which is taking place on Saturday 3rd June: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/will-you-help-us-spread-the-word-about-indieauthorfringe/

4) My Facebook non-fiction book, newly republished! https://books2read.com/FB

5) The membership criteria for the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Join/Eligibility

6) Mark Dawson's interview in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/15/self-published-authors-hollywood-andy-weir-the-martian-el-james (Read the comments!)

7) This was the Instafreebie blog promo that they ran this week: http://blog.instafreebie.com/see-it-first-paul-teague-kellie-mcallen-nj-lindquist/

These were the leads that I'd added when I took my Friday afternoon screenshot:

Mailchimp stats

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 15, 2017

Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter.

He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University 'MA in Writing' program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Additionally, he has published short fiction and poetry.

Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy.

He recently gave up his day-job to go full-time as an author.

Find Out More:

1) Justin's website: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

2) Follow Justin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor

3) Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinmsloan

4) Justin's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9772692.Justin_Sloan

5) Justin's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K

6) The Creative Writing Career website: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

7) Justin's YouTube Channel 'The Sloan Zone': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-f7OkD-MudUjBLINdRdIw

8) Justin's podcast: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

Talking points:

1) Justin's work with military veterans: https://creativewritingcareer.wordpress.com/category/military-veterans/

2) Brandon Sanderson is one of Justin's favourite authors https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Sanderson/e/B001IGFHW6/

3) Book promo sites:

Book Barbarian http://bookbarbarian.com/

FreeBooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

Booksends http://booksends.com/advertise.php

4) Story beats explained https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

5) Michael Anderle, one of Justin's writing partners https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Anderle/e/B017J2WANQ

May 13, 2017

1) Over 14000 unique clicks were generated in my Crime/Thriller Giveaway at https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Ian Sutherland was the top promoter, sending 3500+ unique clicks, many of those directly via his Twitter accounts.

Check out Ian's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [Affiliate link]

3) My Dead of Night proof copy arrived - I have 10 x fiction paperback books now:

4) I've now put Self-Publishing Journeys on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

5) Avril McDonald's new book:

[amazon_link asins='B06XTV7ZJ5' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='fffcc329-373c-11e7-8700-95a48855f596']

6) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast (highly recommended!) at http://www.worriedwriter.com/ and her first self-published book:

[amazon_link asins='B06Y6GXFY6' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='310ce1bb-373d-11e7-9308-2f2c71aeabd0']

7) Books2Read service https://www.books2read.com/ (highly recommended!)

8) My crappy Amazon review - note the anonymity of the reviewer who simultaneously gets to screw up my chances of shifting the book and remain hidden in the shadows!

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 8, 2017

Jason Blacker writes mystery fiction and literary fiction as well as poetry and daily haikus at his haiku blog.

Jason's stories range from Adventure to Zombies, though he's best known for his Lady Marmalade cozy mysteries and his Anthony Carrick hardboiled mysteries.

Jason received an incredible 300 rejections from traditional publishers before turning to self-publishing, here he deploys lots of online marketing techniques to promote his work.

Find Out More:

Jason's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0

Jason's website: http://jasonblacker.com/

Jason Blacker on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2156914.Jason_Blacker

Follow Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonblacker

Jason Blacker on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jasonblacker

Jason's Haiku website: http://haiqueue.com/

Talking Points:

1) More about the Pomodoro technique http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

2) Scrivener https://self-publishing-academy.com/SC [My affiliate link]

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

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

4) ConvertKit website https://convertkit.com/

I use GetResponse https://paulteague.com/getresponse [My affiliate link]

I'm currently moving over to MailerLite https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

5) My sci-fi/dystopian Instafreebie Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/

My Crime/Thriller Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

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

May 6, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5125 words:

Dead of Night 20k words

2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader - it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:

3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Giveaway graphic

4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast here

Podcast promo

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

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

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

8) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-62/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-ebooks-are-not-in-crisis/

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May 1, 2017

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

His first solo novel, The Magpies reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 300,000 copies to date.

This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me (2014; also a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and Follow You Home (2015).

Mark started writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs.

He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing - he now writes full-time.

Find Out More:

Mark's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0

Mark's website: http://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Louise Voss & Mark Edwards: http://vossandedwards.com/

Mark Edwards on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267328.Mark_Edwards

Follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mredwards

Mark Edwards & Louise Voss on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vossandedwards/

Mark Edwards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks/

Mark Edwards in The Guardian - Trad vs Self-Publishing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/25/self-publishing-mark-edwards

Apr 29, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Burden of Guilt 15k

2) My paperback books, which were formatted by http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

 

Don't Tell Meg Trilogy

These books are being sold via Createspace at https://www.createspace.com/

Don't Tell Meg Trilogy

3) My thriller trilogy listed on Kobo at https://writinglife.kobobooks.com/ebooks

The books are also loaded and ready to release on Draft2Digital at https://www.draft2digital.com

 

4) 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!

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

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

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

8) Tim Lewis and The Begin Self-Publishing Podcast http://beginselfpublishing.com/

9) Future podcast guest Robert Scott-Norton http://robertscottnorton.net/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-amazon-in-australia/

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:

 

 

 

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