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3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

 

Finishing a book is often a labor of love, a bucket list item, for many writers.

Marketing the book? Not so much.

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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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A foreplay to writing gay erotica - Ten tips for new authors by bestselling Amazon author David Roslyn

A foreplay to writing gay erotica - Ten tips for new authors by bestselling Amazon author David Roslyn

Gay Erotica as genre does not earn much shelf time. I thought it about time that we delved into what it meant writing gay erotica. A quick look at Amazon is enough to see that these shelves are dominated by women. The few male authors of gay erotica do not seem able to even take themselves seriously. My cursory inspection revealed author names such as  Dick Cummings, Randy Manners and Miles Long. Now whether or not there really exists a Mr Dick Cummings is quite beside the point. What is obvious is that many if not most of the male authors of this genre are (unintentionally?) cheapening the genre with poor covers and and obvious slant towards pornography.

To help clarify what it means writing gay erotica, allow me to introduce Mr David Roslyn...

 

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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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Typesetting for eBooks – Advice on how to structure your eBook interior like a professional publisher.

Typesetting for eBooks – Advice on how to structure your eBook interior like a professional publisher.

 

Note from our Guest Blogger.

I first met David Henderson at the Jozi Book Fair in 2014. I was immediately intrigued by his knowledge of the digital publishing space, especially his fascination with using Amazon as his preferred sales platform. At the time, my knowledge extended not much further than print publishing and selling books into bookshops.

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What AudioBooks Are and How They Can Help You As An Author.

What AudioBooks Are and How They Can Help You As An Author.

Audiobooks are gaining popularity and fast becoming a commonly-used medium of education and entertainment. The target market is constantly expanding, with both younger and older listeners enjoying the benefits of the audio format. The evolution of digital technology and related online platforms is making audiobooks more and more accessible, and at an increasingly affordable rate. So where does South Africa stand in embracing this relatively new medium of consuming books? 

 

WHAT IS AN AUDIOBOOK?

The audiobook has been around for many years and has evolved along with technology. From Books-on-tape, to Compact Discs and now digital Mp3 audiobooks. The principle of the audiobook essentially remains the same. A narrator will sit in a sound recording studio and read from a book into a microphone. The sound engineer will record the voice, edit it, mix and master it and produce the final product. Nowadays the final format is usually Mp3 audio files that can then be played back on numerous devices that can support Mp3 audio.

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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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