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29
Mar

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

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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 ... Continue reading
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23
Mar

Interview with an Author - Lyn Pickering

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I was very luck to recently catch-up with local South African author Lyn Pickering. I caught up with Lyn on her beautiful (and very green) property in Hilton, Kwa-Zulu Natal. After pleasantries were exchanged we got down to business. Once the coffee and cookies (a staple in any author's house) wer... Continue reading
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06
Mar

Self-Publishing Podcast - A Must-Have For the Self-Published Author

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Being into self-publishing, the highs (control) and the lows (selling), the pros (digital), and the cons (pirates!) I thought it was time I immersed myself fully in the topic. Now I don't mean drinking a cup of coffee on a Sunday evening and watching two episodes of "Murder She Wrote" immersed, I me... Continue reading
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05
Mar

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

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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 m... Continue reading
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01
Mar

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

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Looking to create a great-looking 3D cover image to help promote you and your latest published book? Save yourself the time and money of having to hire someone to create this 3D cover image by spending just a few minutes watching our latest Youtube tutorial that will walk you through the process s... Continue reading
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20
Feb

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

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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? Likewi... Continue reading
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14
Feb

Amazon Pulls eBook from Shelves Due To Too Many Hyphens

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I had to share this hilarious story concerning self-published author Graeme Reynolds and his battle with Amazon after they removed his eBook titled "High Moor 2: Moonstruck"  from their virtual shelves. In correspondence that was emailed through to the poor author with the subject title: K... Continue reading
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12
Feb

Interview with an Author - Nthepo Ranape

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I caught up recently with local self-published author Nthepo Ranape. She has recently released her eBook titled "21 Days of Hell" into the Amazon's virtual shelves and I wanted to know how she was finding the digital publishing journey. I also picked her brain for tidbits of information ... Continue reading
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10
Feb

Independent Author Events - March 2015

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There are two great Johannesburg-based  events during the month of March dedicated to the self-published author.I will be attending both events and hope to meet you there! The first is the Indie Book Fair, on the 20 & 21 of March, held in Randburg. This event i... Continue reading
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08
Feb

Adobe Digital Editions 4 Released - Get The Latest Version of eBook Reading Software

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 Adobe has recently released the latest version of it's eBook reading software Adobe Digital Editions. You can download Adobe Digital Editions 4 here: http://www.adobe.com/africa/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.htmlThe eBook reading software meant for the PC or Mac is... Continue reading
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17
Jan

How Do South African Authors Receive Royalty Payments From Amazon And Smashwords?

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How do South Africans receive royalty payments from Amazon and Smashwords? As South Africans we are very new to Amazon.com and the processes of making and selling of eBooks online in general. The first South African authors only started breaking the digital barrier to Amazon as recent... Continue reading
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06
Jan

Book Landing Pages As An Author Marketing Tool

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What is a Book Landing Page, how does it help authors market their books and should you have one? A Typical ScenarioPicture the scenario, as an author at a networking event with people in your industry, the conversation turns to you and your latest published manuscript. You casua... Continue reading
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20
Dec

Copyright Considerations for Self-Published Authors - Make Sure your Books Font is Actually Free

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A common concern for an author self-publishing revolves around copyright law, or, what they are (or are not) allowed to publish without permission. Special Mention: The latest eBook technology comes in the form of the ePub3 or enhanced eBook format, this format supports the embedding of ... Continue reading
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05
Dec

Author Solutions – Writers Beware!

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Author Solutions – Writers Beware! It is flattering to receive a call from a company offering to help publish and market your latest book. I think that is partly the appeal and attraction leading many authors to search for a traditional or vanity publisher for their manuscript rather ... Continue reading
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23
Nov

Tax Withheld on eBook Royalties by Amazon – A Quick Tip Helping International Authors Save

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This article is written for authors outside the US who currently have taxes withheld from your royalties from the sale of your eBooks. The aim is to reduce this with as little paper being pushed as possible.When you first created your KDP Account on Amazon, as part of the online account setup, ... Continue reading
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