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Dear Author

Dear Author

 

Dear Author, I am not sure what is happening with you here.

I have called you a few times and emailed you a few times more but you are not giving me any response.

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Ghost in the machine: What does a ghost writer actually do?

Ghost in the machine: What does a ghost writer actually do?

 

Almost everyone wants to write a book someday. Most people just don’t do it.

There are many reasons for the lack of follow-through; one of them is time. This is especially pertinent for executives, celebrities or motivational speakers who really should have a book out there to support their work, but just don’t have the time to put one together. Another reason is that writing scares the hell out of some people. We’re all born differently with unique talents and for some, writing just isn’t it. That’s not to say there isn’t a story to be told. Then there’s good old writer’s block (a blog on writer’s block is coming soon, so watch out for that).

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Is Partridge Africa a scam?

Is Partridge Africa a scam?

 

This is a letter I have received from South African author – Francois* - and is published with his consent. It details his experience as a first-time author dealing with the publishing company Partridge Africa. I will leave the letter as unedited as possible and add only comments and clarity where I think they might be needed. (Dave.)

For those looking to educate themselves, click here for further reading on the dubious practices of Author solutions and other vanity presses.

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2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

 

45 000 , 78, 71 – A code for that safe where you keep the things no one must find? Nah, even better. Our digital publishing startup recently turned four (counting from the evening of its conception). This post is a textual-reminiscence over the year that was and what it meant for the self-publishing author.

I had a wee bit of fun compiling a list of how many writers had been welcomed through our doors to emerge the other side a literary cowboy, an outlaw in the land ruled by the traditional publisher: a serious, self-publishing author.

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Understanding the Internet – A Case study highlighting why it makes sense to use Google Analytics with your business blog

Understanding the Internet – A Case study highlighting why it makes sense to use Google Analytics with your business blog

 

I wanted to kick-off the new year by asking a simple question: How our website and blog has made your day better.

There are obviously a few ways in which a popular, populated blog can help a reader. I wanted to ask a few simple questions of my digital publishing platform. The answers would be gleaned from the vast databanks of our friendly neighbourhood oracle, Google Analytics.

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I need your help

I need your help

 

I need your help.

Freely sharing (self) publishing advice for authors is a passion. Guess what: blogging is a job that does not pay us. The reward for hours spent behind our keyboards is delivered in the form of comments from our happy blog readers. Totally worth it.

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A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

 

Earlier this year, Amazon announced a new update to their Kindle Content Quality policy, which would enable readers to report problems found in their eBooks. This was met with panic in the self-publishing industry, as some blogs framed the news in a much more gory manner than was really the case. Visions of red flags and flashing warnings sprung to mind, but it is not quite that bad, yet still not great… What it is, is an opportunity for self-publishing authors to silence the naysayers, who have long bashed the industry, and assure the readers of our commitment to sharing quality content with them.

Get-rich-quick manuals online have alerted opportunists to the idea of publishing books as a means to make money in a hurry. Unfortunately, this has led to an influx of rubbish content that is poorly written and offers little to no value. Amazon, always looking to provide a better reader experience and product quality, decided to protect their assets by enabling readers to complain about poor quality eBooks. Unless your eBook is professionally edited, it may well be in the firing line.

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