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Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

 

Dear geeky reader, boy do I have a treat for you.

This post is written specially for those who are looking to upload their Microsoft Word document into Amazon's magical black box in the hope that a perfectly-formatted eBook comes out the other side. Using the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (linked at the end of the post) you are guaranteed to get a gold-star from the eBook-review team at Amazon.

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We Review The Nephilim Ark by Matthew James Daniel

We Review The Nephilim Ark by Matthew James Daniel
 Reviewed by Self Publishing Review.

The Nephilim Ark by Matthew James Daniel centers around the biblical story of the Nephilim – a race of giants that came down to Earth and mated with human women. After this union led to debauchery and societal breakdown, God unleashed the flood – the story of Noah’s Ark. The Nephilim Ark fast forwards to modern day where the Nephilim are trying to grow their numbers again by attempting to breed with English women, while also trying to eradicate Anglican clergy. Their plans are discovered by a woman who aims to destroy their plan, but may lay waste to more than she bargained for.

The Nephilim Ark is an interesting modern take on an old story, woven into a crime thriller that veers away from being straight religious fiction into something that can appeal to a wider audience – ala The Da Vinci Code. It’s heavy on religious themes, but it is more concerned with telling a story than proselytizing.

This is an intriguing spin on religious fiction, written by a former priest – lending the book credibility and filling the book with detail so this epic story has a dynamic reality.

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ROSACon2016 – The place to be for those who write between the sheets

ROSACon2016 – The place to be for those who write between the sheets

 

I wont lie, this event has me salivating, for all the right reasons.

Who are ROSA?

ROSA is an apt acronym for a such a kind and caring group of writers. The Romance Writers of South Africa have groups in every major city in South Africa and provide much needed support and development to our countries romance writers.

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Jozi Book Fair 2016 @ Wits

Jozi Book Fair 2016 @ Wits

 

Hey all, a quick mention of the upcoming Jozi Book Fair due for early (1-4th) September 2016.

I attended the previous two events and thoroughly enjoyed them both. There are a wide range of events of the book fair from book launches, workshops, poetry readings, round-table discussions and then film and theatre exhibitions. For those worried mommies there are also special events arranged just for the kiddies.

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Need Help Writing Your Book? Here are 5 Simple Hacks to Help

Need Help Writing Your Book? Here are 5 Simple Hacks to Help

 

Writing your book can be a long and laborious process. Whittling away at the pages requires patience from the author as they soldier on aiming to reach their daily word-count. Sometimes life happens and the author is distracted by a crisis that forces them to put writing aside for a period. This post is written especially for the author who needs to destroy writers block. Hope it helps.

 

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The top 5 mistakes South African authors make when self-publishing a book

The top 5 mistakes South African authors make when self-publishing a book

 

This article will take a good look at the top 5 mistakes made by South African authors who self-publish their book.  Far too few South African authors find their writing being celebrated. Professing your passion for the pen almost feels like a whispered admission of unemployment. Not something you would want to own up to around your friend’s braai. Let’s take an honest look at why your writing might not be garnering the critical acclaim you know it deserves.

Mistake #1 - Poor covers

Too many authors make the mistake of placing their face on the front cover. This might work if you only ever intended to sell to your friends and family. If you plan to reach outside South Africa’s porous borders (which every author should be), then placing your face on the front cover will deter the reader who does not relate to your mug.

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We Review Takka Takka by Kieran James Haldenby

We Review Takka Takka by Kieran James Haldenby

 

Takka Takka by Kieran James HaldenbyReviewed by Bridget Lӧtz

Takka Takka is Haldenby’s debut novel. Based on a true story, set in South Africa and Zambia, it follows the life of Kyle Goodall. Kyle is a career criminal always looking for the next big thing to make money while managing to stay one-step ahead of the law until eventually he is set up and imprisoned in Zambian prisons for a crime he didn’t commit.

The story opens when Kyle is already in prison and he starts telling us, the reader, his story of how he came to be there in the stinking hot hell of the infamous Kamwala prison in Zambia. He begins by describing the scene of how the prisoners sit in rows as you would in a rowing boat all squashed together with the stench of sweat, urine and faecal matter hanging over them like a cloud making it difficult to breathe. Each hour on the hour when the bell rings, the prisoners chant, “Takka Takka” which loosely translated means, “I’m okay, I’m still alive.”

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