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Collca eBooks – Inside Stories for Writers and Readers

Collca eBooks – Inside Stories for Writers and Readers | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it

A highly original treasure chest of insights to inspire and entertain readers as well as writers, Inside Stories is not another ‘how-to’ book - ‘shows and shares’ like a best friend. Each themed chapter explores a key aspect of writing and reading stories, including 15 of the author’s short stories, analysed and critiqued as illustrations. An asset for writing or reading groups and for teaching as well as for personal inspiration.


Fascinating, thought provoking, and written with her usual lucid prose and wit, this is a book for writers who appreciate stimulating company, and readers who love a good story and like to go behind the scenes where writers’ and readers’ ‘voices’ meet. And there is a whole chapter on the tricky topic of ‘voice’. A book you will want to keep close at hand.

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We are never truly alone when we write, or when we read; a story is incomplete until a reader has experienced it, and every story reflects some deep aspect of the writer’s nature. Inside Stories is a unique approach to writing and reading fiction, especially short stories, and it includes fifteen original stories to work with. And it’s rare and brave, but enlightening, for an author to share critiques of her work. 

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How to Optimize Your Amazon Book Page to Sell More Books : BubbleCow

How to Optimize Your Amazon Book Page to Sell More Books : BubbleCow | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it

When you first upload your book to Amazon it can be pretty scary. They ask for a stack load of information without ANY indication of which bits will help with sales and which are just there because they need to be.

 

This is a list of six ‘areas’ of your Amazon book page you should consider altering when trying to capture the maximum number of book sales

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This really is a great article for anyone publishing through Amazon -- not just self-publishing authors. It is also applicable to other ebook retailers including Apple iBooks, Kobo, B&N etc. The only real differences are in the number of categories they allow, the number of keywords/subject phrases they support (if any), and the degree to which they permit formatting within the description -- you can easily cut and paste the description and keywords from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) into the others. I was a little surprised that it didn't mention keywords as they are a very useful additional search aid and KDP allows 7 of these.

 

It would have been even better if it had links to some good fiction and non-fiction examples of existing book pages on Amazon. I'm sure many readers would find these useful.

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Infographic: 5 Key Book Publishing Paths | Jane Friedman

Infographic: 5 Key Book Publishing Paths | Jane Friedman | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
This infographic breaks down the key 5 publishing paths, their value to authors, the potential pitfalls, and examples of each.
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A very good tabular presentation of the options for authors from being traditionally published through to self-publishing it yourself. As Jane shows with the "Special + Hard-to-classify Cases" not every option can be easily compartmentalised.

 

One niggle I had was that traditional publishing equated to LOWER author royalty / revenue whereas d-i-y self-publishing equated to HIGHER. This is possibly true if you are considering it on a royalty / revenue per copy basis but may not be true where a traditional publisher can sell so many more copies.

 

Despite that, I think this a valuable resource for budding authors.

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The Single Most Effective Book Marketing Strategy An Author CanUse | Bestseller Labs

The Single Most Effective Book Marketing Strategy An Author CanUse | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
How to get a 'rave' reader response when you publish your book: Start your marketing program well before launch.
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Another great article from Jonathan Gunson reminding authors about the importance of starting to market themselves and their book long before it is published.

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Keeping Your Already-Published Ebooks up to Date | Lindsay Buroker

Keeping Your Already-Published Ebooks up to Date | Lindsay Buroker | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it

I’m doing a little housekeeping today (not actual housekeeping… I’m sure I can put that off for a few more weeks) and thought I’d do a quick post to remind other authors to do the same things once in a while.

 

I’m uploading a new version of Encrypted to Amazon, B&N, and other stores right now. I’ve updated the file to include a list of all the work I have out to date, and I’ve also include a first-chapter preview of my recently published Decrypted.

 

Encrypted was the second novel I published, and I realized I didn’t mention any of my other work at the end (probably because there wasn’t much of it available at the time!). That was fine back in early 2011, but now I have seven novels out, with some people stumbling across Encrypted as an introduction into my world. If they like it, sure, they can check the store to see what else I’ve published, but I think it’s a good idea to let the readers know there’s more right when they finish the book.

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Keeping all your titles up-to-date with lists and links for all the others is a very sensible marketing activity. Unfortunately it is also very time-consuming as the number of titles increases. Of course what you’re adding will only be seen by readers who download a book after it has been updated not by those who have already bought it. It would probably be wise to also include a link to a page on your website or article on your blog that has complete up-to-date list of all your titles.

 

Pricing your titles at x.95, x.99 etc is also sensible. However, it’s notoriously difficult to do with retailers like Amazon who treat the price they’re given as tax-exclusive and then add on VAT or sales tax as appropriate. I can predict that a list price of £3.88 will get converted to £3.99 or £4.00 by the time it reaches the UK store. I don’t think it’s as easy as that for the US store. It seems to me that the price quoted online depends on the sales tax in the state you’re in — I stand to be corrected on that.

 

There is also the hazy issue of whether an updated ebook needs a new ISBN. With printed books it used to be quite clear if a book was purely being reprinted and the only changes (if any) were in the front or back matter then it was treated as the same edition and therefore didn't need a new ISBN. If there were any changes to the body of the work then it was a new edition and therefore needed a new ISBN. Unlike printed books, ebooks can be easily changed and resubmitted to Amazon etc. What constitutes a new edition? Changing one fact or sentence? Rewriting or delting an existing chapter or adding a new one? Changing the title? I don't know. What I do know is that ISBNs are often seen as a license to print money by Bowker in the USA and Nielsen in the UK particularly with regard to the view that each ebook format should have its own ISBN. I am sure that if the ISBN agencies start trying to dictate that updated ebooks should have new ISBNs there will be a rebellion -- ISBNs offer little or no advantage for ebook publishers and self-publishing authors.

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5 Essentials for a One-page Synopsis | Trish Nicholson's Words in the Treehouse

5 Essentials for a One-page Synopsis | Trish Nicholson's Words in the Treehouse | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
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Again, Trish has come up with some great advice for all authors -- whether published, self-published or still writing their first masterpiece.

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Ensuring your Goodreads reviews appear on Kobo

Ensuring your Goodreads reviews appear on Kobo | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
If you have Goodreads reviews for your book and they are not appearing on Kobo, it’s relatively simple to ensure that they appear automatically. The first thing to note is that Goodreads reviews ar...
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Goodreads is becoming an increasing influence amongst readers. Kobo has been cunning with the addition of Goodreads's ratings and reviews into its entries for ebooks in its catalogue.

 

All authors and publishers should be doing whatever they can to ensure their ebooks are included in Goodreads and encouraging readers to review the ebooks there.

 

The rating and reviews on Goodreads can also be displayed quite easily on publishers' and authors' own websites. 

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The Importance Of Keywords For MetaData And The Discoverability Of Your Book

The Importance Of Keywords For MetaData And The Discoverability Of Your Book | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Keywords and search engine optimization have been considered important for a long time in the online world, particularly for ranking in the
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A great article about one of the 'black arts' of publishing. Choice of key phrases is important as is deciding whether they should appear in the title, subtitle, description or entered keywords -- these are not all given equal weight when searching on some platforms.

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101 Tweet-Tastic Tools for 2013

101 Tweet-Tastic Tools for 2013 | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it

"As much as I love Twitter, I have to admit I haven’t seen that familiar blue Twitter home page in quite a while. Why? because although Twitter is amazing, I can only fully leverage it by using a range of Twitter tools."


Via Jose Maria Hernandez Montes, The Management
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Mary K. Sloane's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:34 AM

Tweet to bring your profile to teh attention of those seeking a mentor

 

Sarah Miller's curator insight, January 23, 2013 11:17 AM

As much as some people hate to admit it, social media has become a very popular place to advertise your product or company. There is a endless amount of social media accounts that you can become a part of. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+ just to name a few. With Twitter trending to be the one of the most popular, it is important to know how to address your audience. With this scoop you will learn about 101 new tools for twitter. 

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3 Great Ways To Find Readers For Your Books On Twitter | Bestseller Labs

3 Great Ways To Find Readers For Your Books On Twitter | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
3 great ways authors can find readers for their books on Twitter, plus how to convert your Twitter following into book sales.
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It's quite obvious if you think about it but it's great to see it written down.

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How to Optimize You Amazon Book Page to Actually Sell More Books

How to Optimize You Amazon Book Page to Actually Sell More Books | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Discover 7 insider secrets that will help optimize your Amazon book page to ensure you get the maximum sales.
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Provides a useful overview of how to structure the book's description on Amazon -- equally applicable to other retailers

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3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website

3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Regardless of when or why you use Facebook, never consider it a replacement for an author website you own and control. Here's why.
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Quite a lot of food for thought. I've long thought that a website as a permanent base is essential and that Facebook, Twitter etc should be used as a way of directing people to it.

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Attention Self-Publishers: Beware the Superego!

Attention Self-Publishers: Beware the Superego! | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Attention Self-Publishers: Beware the Superego!
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Very interesting article that should be read by everyone who is trying or wanting to be a successful self-published author. Unfortunately, as in so many other fields, self-publishing has lots of "self-appointed saints" who claim to know everything there is to know about almost every aspect of self-publishing. If they really did know, they would be making megabucks by writing and self-publishing more books of their own. That said, a judicious self-published author can often find useful nuggets of information in many of the motivational articles.

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How To Attract Readers By Creating A 'Lighthouse' Author Brand | Bestseller Labs

How To Attract Readers By Creating A 'Lighthouse' Author Brand | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Seven winning ways to attract massive numbers of new readers and keep them for life, by building a 'lighthouse' author brand.
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Another good article from Jonathan Gunson about the importance of creating an author brand. It includes a set of seven ways to capitalise on it to attract new readers.

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Amazon Buys Goodreads: The Impact On Authors Book Sales | Bestseller Labs

Amazon Buys Goodreads: The Impact On Authors Book Sales | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Amazon has bought book-review site Goodreads. I explain how this will have an impact on book sales for authors.
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A very interesting article but like so many on the aquisition of Goodreads by Amazon there is a lot of supposition. In all honesty, the best most of us can do is to wait and see and be prepared to act quickly if necessary. Amazon doesn't always integrate its aquisitions into its main operation -- look at Abe and The Book Depository both of which seem to continue to operate relatively independently. One thing I'm intrigued about is what Kobo will do as it recently started to include links to Goodreads reviews in its book descriptions.

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How To Beat Writer's Block Forever | Bestseller Labs

How To Beat Writer's Block Forever | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Writer's Block: Every author on the planet has suffered from it a some stage. Here's an easy way to solve it.
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As always, some very sound advice from Jonathan Gunson. Writer's block is a significant problem to many (would-be) authors that can lead not only to frustration but also stress and depression.

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6 Good Reasons to Write a One-page SynopsisTrish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | Trish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse

6 Good Reasons to Write a One-page SynopsisTrish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | Trish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
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Has some great advice for all authors -- whether published, self-published or still writing their first masterpiece.

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Has some great advice for all authors -- whether published, self-published or still writing their first masterpiece.

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Book Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013? | Lindsay Buroker

Book Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013? | Lindsay Buroker | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it

Amazon isn’t the only place to sell your ebooks, and I’ve had some luck with Apple and Kobo of late, but it remains the big dog in the house, and most of the questions I get in regard to book sales (as in, how do I make more of them?) center around Amazon.

 

Amazon has made some changes in the last year that have had an impact insofar as what works and what doesn’t for getting noticed over there. Let’s go over those first, because I still see people telling authors to do these things.

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Goodreads CEO Reveals A Shockingly Easy Way To Sell More Books | Bestseller Labs

Goodreads CEO Reveals A Shockingly Easy Way To Sell More Books | Bestseller Labs | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Otis Chandler reveals a simple but highly effective method authors can use to sell lots more books, without actually doing any work.
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A very interesting article describing a great simple technique for building reader loyalty and book sales with very little effort. It's worth reading the comments because there are some further useful insights among them.

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Perry A Wilson's curator insight, March 7, 2013 11:18 AM

I attest to the results of this simple tip. Ass the link when you can, and people will click on it if they like your book.

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Publishing Perspectives : 3 Epiphanies About Social Media Marketing for Books

Publishing Perspectives :  3 Epiphanies About Social Media Marketing for Books | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
When it comes to book marketing, social media is a honeytrap, never quite delivering on its promises, but a few simple best practices can vastly improve your results.
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Thought-provoking article about the importance of getting readers to tell friends quickly, making it easy to buy books, and trying to make the message persistent. Also some discussion of pull vs push marketing.

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Jutoh Ebook Editor For Mac and PC, Epub Converter For Mac And PC, Epub Software For Mac And PC, Epub Creator For Mac And PC, Kindle Epub Editor Software, iPad Epub Creator Software, Mobipocket Eboo...

Jutoh Ebook Editor For Mac and PC, Epub Converter For Mac And PC, Epub Software For Mac And PC, Epub Creator For Mac And PC, Kindle Epub Editor Software, iPad Epub Creator Software, Mobipocket Eboo... | Publishing Resources | Scoop.it
Ebook editor, convertor and creator software for Mac and PC. Convert to ebooks for Kindle, iBookstore, iBooks, iPhone, Mobipocket.
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Excellent software for creating, converting, editing and formatting ebooks. Works just like a word processor. Generates ebooks for Amazon,Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other ePub readers. Inexpensive, well worth the money and support has proved to be great on the very odd occasion I've needed it.

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