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This week in publishing news - How Africans got the spotlight

This week in publishing news - How Africans got the spotlight

 

I love it when somebody in the spotlight takes a moment to talk about African writers. This week was double dose of limelight (why is it called limelight???) for Africans involved in the publishing industry. Both moments were brought about thanks to Joanna Penn, courtesy of her weekly self-publishing podcast titled The Creative Penn.

 

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Expert Interview with Devon Martindale: Founder of Audiobook production company Audioshelf

Expert Interview with Devon Martindale: Founder of Audiobook production company Audioshelf

 

Feeling like you have run out of readers? Has updating your eBook's keyword and category choices in the Amazon KDP dashboard not yielded the influx of new readers you expected? What option does the frustrated author have to unlock a new reader-base? 

 

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Amazon Kindle Scout - Helping new authors or continuing to exclude them?

Amazon Kindle Scout - Helping new authors or continuing to exclude them?

 

Let’s have a quick look at a recent addition to the author’s arsenal, Amazon’s Kindle Scout. Aimed at giving self-publishing authors access to the power of crowd-sourcing reader support. It seems to be a great tool for the new author, well, as long as you don’t live in Africa. 

The down-low

Kindle Scout is a platform that gives the self-published author a chance to have their eBook published by Amazon. As you could guess, being published by Amazon has its pros and cons.

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SAIR Book Festival - Johannesburg 2016

SAIR Book Festival - Johannesburg 2016

 

I was lucky enough to attend the SAIR book festival last year held in Johannesburg. It was a cosy event that was attended by a several well-known South African authors. I remember having a great chat with Rachel Morgan an author who has numerous best-selling titles published on the Amazon shelves. I shared a tasty cup of coffee with Erika Bester one of the masterminds behind FireQuill Publishing who herself has a growing collection of books rising in prominence on Amazon.

Mixing with other talent in the book industry has a lasting effect on those looking to explore their potential with the paper and pen. Rubbing shoulders with existing and unassuming artistic talent that find themselves exactly where you have seen yourself in those reoccurring daydreams. These book events are also a great chance to wear your networking hat, bumping into other industry experts who might know the right person you need to connect with to progress to the next step of your journey. Oh, have I mentioned the value you get from the speakers at these events?

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Subtle Secrets of Book Discoverability – Helping readers find your book on Amazon

Subtle Secrets of Book Discoverability – Helping readers find your book on Amazon

 

These quick tips will help authors reach more readers on Amazon and cost nothing more than a small investment of time.

Every author would appreciate a helping hand with the marketing of his/her book. The task of reaching new readers and having them read your latest release seems intimidating, right? Companies like Author Solutions make a bucket-load selling over-priced marketing services that tend to under-deliver. (Just read the comments in my post linked above for proof of many unhappy Author Solutions clients.)

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Our fresh new look

Our fresh new look

 

A fresh new look for the MYeBook website. After a frantic few days consisting of intense staring at my laptop screen, fuelled by a caffeine-induced stupor MYeBook has emerged with a fresh and fully-responsive new look. I really hope that you, the visitor, enjoy the experience. The update was carried out to make your experience a better one.

If you find any issues that make your visit a less-than-awesome experience, I would really want to know. Please can you leave feedback on what you think in the comments section. Good or bad, I promise I will try my best to not be offended!

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Interview with an author - Sonia Killik

Interview with an author - Sonia Killik

 

Sonia Killik, metaphysician, life coach, author, mommy.

In this post we interview first time author (and mom) Sonia Killik on her recently released book that focuses on the beauty (and science) of pregnancy. Now whilst my vocabulary on the topic of pregnancy is limited to “congratulations”, the reason for my chat with Sonia focuses on the marketing of her title. As you are about the see, Sonia is years ahead in the marketing game, and it shows.

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