Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest

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Do you have an amazing idea for an illustrated book (comics, children, travel guide, cook book, etc.), but need technical support to make it live? Are you looking for an easy way to publish your illustrated book into digital format and distribute it across tablets, smartphones and the Web? Here is your chance! Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest, for an amazing opportunity to get access to a turnkey tool that will help you create and publish your illustrated book digitally. TWENTY lucky winners will receive a free license for the Cloud Authoring tool from Aquafadas. Cloud Authoring is a content creation tool designed for anyone looking to publish an eBook easily by converting PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, … [Read more...]

Get published in both ebook and paperback with The Open Day Competition

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SilverWood Books and Kobo Writing Life are delighted to extend their Open Day Competition prize to include a paperback edition, printed by Berforts Information Press. The Winner of The Open Day Competition receives a copy-edit, professional cover design, and publication as an ebook and short-run paperback. The Runner Up prize receives a Kobo Aura H2O. The closing date is 31 December, and the SilverWood team are looking forward to reviewing the entries in detail and choosing a shortlist for the judging panel. SilverWood Books has worked with Berforts Information Press for several years, producing short run and lithographic paperback and hardback editions. Publishing Director Helen Hart says, "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Berforts team. To be able to offer an … [Read more...]

whitefox presents “The Amulet of Sleep”

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whitefox are pleased to announce UK publication of the first volume in Andrea Atzori‘s fantasy YA series: The Amulet of Sleep     The Amulet of Sleep is the opening book in the Iskìda of the Land of Nurak trilogy, a series of epic fantasy novels for YA readers. Already award-winning in Italy, Andrea Atzori’s home country, the books look set to join the booming market for genre fiction. Having found success after publishing traditionally in Italian, Atzori turned his sights internationally.   Andrea saw the UK’s ever-increasing appetite for magical fiction as the perfect fit for his venture into independent, foreign self-publishing. Set in an elaborately constructed world rendolent of The Lord of The Rings and The Hunger Games, The Amulet of Sleep will not … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Self-Publishing Consultant

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By M.A. Demers When I wrote my novel, Baby Jane, like so many indie authors I rushed to publish. It seemed so simple, the press was good, and the self-publishing gurus were stressing the ease and freedom of going it alone. I got my novel out first as an ebook and then I published in print. Within days I received my first five-star review from a stranger and thought all was going rather well. I felt vindicated in my decision to self-publish. And then the problems started. Without going into detail, suffice it to say these problems cost me time, money, and a great deal of stress. Some of the problems were my own fault for not having done my homework, some were the result of listening to well-intentioned but misinformed fellow authors I connected with on the forums, and some were the … [Read more...]

How To Kickstart Your Sales

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By David Gaughran The sales of every book decay with time, but the great thing about self-publishing is that a book won’t get yanked from the shelves if its numbers drop, and it won’t be forgotten about by the publisher. It has an infinite number of lives because its fate is being controlled by the person who cares about it most in the world: you. All self-publishers experience a dip in sales and it’s often really tricky to get things going in the first place. Sometimes you launch your book and get a quick burst from those who know you, and then sales just die. I know what it’s like. We’ve all been there. Most self-publishers start from zero as a complete unknown, like I did, so don’t panic. Building an audience is doable. You haven’t started too late. If anything, the tools … [Read more...]

The Open Day Writing Competition – Panel of Judges

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The Open Day Competition is looking for good writing, and an exciting voice…a born storyteller who can engage the reader from page one and build on that in the pages that follow. The 'hook' of the opening chapter is vital in today's competitive market, especially if a writer is focusing on digital publishing. An appealing synopsis is also more important than ever, especially when browsing on the Internet. Besides being the official presentation of your book, it is one of the most valuable opportunities for the author to engage with readers by expressing creativity and craftsmanship in writing. Books, just like people, are judged by the clothing. If the cover is the cut, the synopsis is the first touch of the fabric. The SilverWood reading team is on standby to dive in to the … [Read more...]

A writer daydreams…

This is how a writer daydreams!

A great look at the long term. Steve Vernon's thoughts about a fascinating post by Dean Wesley Smith on long term strategy as opposed to worrying about selling everything today . . . … [Read more...]

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