Category Archives: Indie Publishing

Fifty Shades of…?

I’ve talked before about the effect that both positive and negative bias can have on reviews and given a certain indie book has received a lot of attention  of late (in the UK press at least) I’ve decided to return … Continue reading

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Contests and Giveaways

Contests can be a great way to generate interest and they are quite often advertised or discussed in the forums at goodreads, but they can also be difficult (or midnumbing) to navigate.  So, why not offer a space where this … Continue reading

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How indie publishing reminds me of ‘The Wire’

Firstly, if you’ve not had the joy of watching The Wire I’d recommend you give it a try…  There’s a reason why this TV Series ran on HBO for 5 seasons and an on-going theme throughout was the practice of … Continue reading

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Why you need an editor

We all have our blind spots.  I, for example, always confuse independant and independent, or effect and affect.  No one is infallible. On a rainy day I might go through this blog  so I can remove these errors (and more). If I had an editor … Continue reading

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Indie e-books is now open for short story submissions

How do you get readers interested in your new book? Do you push for Amazon’s sales rankings? Advertise at several websites and blogs? Offer a short story or novella for free? How about using those short stories in a consistent … Continue reading

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Start of a catfight? Amazon vs. Goodreads

Towards the end of January Goodreads made a significant move away from Amazon.  In several of my posts I’ve highlighted how Goodreads is a good source of trusted reviews and a great place for readers to connect.  But now there’s … Continue reading

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Hearts and Arrows, Anthology by Kindle Users Forum

Just in time for Valentine’s day… Overall rating: 4 stars Genre: Romance Towards the end of last October I had the pleasure of reading The Halloween Book from KUF; an anthology of Halloween themed short stories.  It was enjoyable, and … Continue reading

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When the credibility of book reviews comes into question: Part 3

Why I don’t trust Amazon reviews Any site that allows you to both review and buy/sell a book will be biased. It’s useful to have a network of friends or authors provide reviews for you, but these will always be … Continue reading

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What does ‘indie’ mean to you?

When your hear the words ‘indie publishing’ what comes to mind? Self-publishing?  Vanity press?  Independent publishers?    Not sure? I guess you could ask Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie or trawl through some of the forums (such as Amazon or Goodreads).  It seems that currently people’s perception of indie … Continue reading

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Peer review and indie publishing?

Anyone familiar with the science publications will understand what I mean by peer review; the combined process of editing, reviewing and managing content. What relevance does this have to indie publishing? If you do not have a publishing company working … Continue reading

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