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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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Interview with an Author - Lyn Pickering

Interview with an Author - Lyn Pickering

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) were  served we caught up concerning her latest online escapes in creating and promoting her latest two trilogies,  Opus Dei and Nimrod as eBook format books.

I hope you enjoy her responses as much as I enjoyed my chat with the author herself. Let us know if there are any questions you think should be added to future interviews.

 

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

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

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 mean fully immersing myself like Houdini in those tanks of water he somehow always managed to free himself from.

Before you think that I might be able to set the bar a bit low here, I do read books on the topic on a very regular basis, self-publishing gurus like David Gaughran, Mike Koenigs and Brendon Burchard all grace a sacred spot in my Kindle's digital shelves. What I want is more like having posters of successful self-published authors around my bed (Amanda Hocking, that means you!) I want to know about every dusty nook and cranny in the large and unexplored house that is self-publishing.

With this noble quest (and my trusty cup of coffee) in hand I spent my idle time wondering what the next step in satisfying my craving to learn more of the industry was. Should I send harassing emails to industry-experts in the hope that they would take me under their wings(pens?), teaching me Amazon kung-fu whilst we meditated over a red-cappuccino? I am not sure how you normally carry out your unique brand of brainstorming and exactly what feedback it might normally yield however, my experience is that the answer to my questions never jump out the mist like a car-guard in Hilton (for non-South African readers you might need a local to explain this) However I always seem to walk away with an idea of the direction I should be looking in.

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