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South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

 

The January 2015 report on author earnings is enough to make most authors sit up and pay attention to the Amazon publishing machine. Headlines like 33% of eBook sales from Amazon.com are indie (self-published) authors or 40% of all dollars earned by authors on eBook sales from Amazon.com are earned by Indie authors all highlight the gradual shift away from the pure traditional publishing paradigm and highlight the success that can be achieved by authors not afraid of learning or experimenting with self-publishing.

This is so damn exciting for a community emerging from under the monopolistic blanket held by the big 5 publishers world-wide over the past few decades. Up until 2007 authors did not have a much of a choice but to collect rejection notices from publishers who, for business reasons, did not or could not accept their books for publication. Since 2007 however, Amazon’s KDP platform and its suite of other offerings aimed at Indie authors have had the author-community gripped in a wave of excitement.

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How To Make a Free 3D Cover Image of Your Book.

How To Make a Free 3D Cover Image of Your Book.

 

Looking to create a great-looking 3D cover image to help promote your latest book? Save yourself the time and money of having to hire someone to create this 3D cover image by spending just a few minutes and watching our latest YouTube tutorial that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

 

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Guest Post - Why Your eBook Should Be Professionally Edited (and how to reduce the bill!)

Guest Post - Why Your eBook Should Be Professionally Edited (and how to reduce the bill!)

 

Self-publishing is a new trend that gives professional publishers nightmares, and rightly so. Let's face it, how many of us would ever get our books published if we had to go the traditional route? Did you know that Sylvester Stallone could not find a company to produce his first Rocky movie? Likewise, many now-famous authors were first rejected by publishers:  Agatha Christie is the highest selling author of all time, second only to William Shakespeare, but she was rejected for 5 years before landing a publishing deal.

In more modern times, we all know J.K. Rowling's story. And Dr. Seuss, who has more than 300 million sales, and is the 9th best-selling fiction writer of all times, was also rejected at first. The list goes on and it goes to show that many of us have great stories inside of us that, without self-publishing, would never be shared!

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