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...]

Ann-Marie MacDonald On Writing Aspects Of Yourself Into Your Novel

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By Jenn Shenouda It’s hard to be a writer and not come across that old cliché “write what you know” at least once in your career. If you are strapped for time or looking for inspiration however, there may just be a bit of gold left to mine in that overused piece of advice. Look at it this way: your life history is already at your fingertips.  You are probably the most fleshed-out character that you’ll ever meet.  And because your research is mostly in your head, All you have to do to access it is to remember—to do a bit of snooping into your own psyche and see what’s there for the taking. Just ask, Ann-Marie MacDonald—author of the widely acclaimed new novel Adult Onset. More than a decade removed since her last novel The Way the Crow Flies, Adult Onset is just as much a … [Read more...]

How to Turn “Real Life” into Bestselling Fiction: 7 Do’s and Don’ts

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by Ruth Harris  As I would find out when I wrote Decades, creating a novel based on “real life” is much more than simply recounting the story. Having no guidelines at the time I wrote Decades, I stumbled through the process, made many mistakes along the way, and, through trial and error, figured out some do’s and don'ts. Do be a good listener—and don’t gossip Decades is a story of a passionate triangle. Coincidentally, I knew all three people involved, two much better than the third. The three were:  a restless husband, the insecure rich girl he marries on his way up, and an attractive fashion editor, the younger "other woman.” Two of them told me “their” versions. Because they knew they could trust me not to gossip, they felt free to confide their innermost thoughts and … [Read more...]

Wattpad: A Powerful Tool for Book Marketing

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By Linda Poitevin If you’re a writer and you haven’t yet heard of Wattpad (or you’ve heard of it but dismissed it), you’re not alone...and you may be missing out on a fantastic marketing opportunity. What is this weirdly named Wattpad? Essentially it’s a social media platform for readers and writers. Based in Toronto, Canada, it began in 2009 and currently has 35 million users spanning the globe. Writers share their stories for free, and readers can vote for those stories and/or leave comments and feedback. The platform is hugely popular with the young adult and fanfic crowd, but its reach is growing rapidly, and such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood and bestsellers Scott Westerfeld, Julie Kenner, Colleen Hoover and others are now offering their works there. Sounds like a pretty … [Read more...]

2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest of its kind in the world. Authors, agents, publishers, and industry professionals from all over the globe come together in Germany for talks, workshops, networking, and the celebration of books. Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life, spent time at the Kobo booth chairing talks with bestselling authors, meeting with aspiring writers or confirmed hybrid authors, and many more events. Here’s an overview of the busy days in Frankfurt: Self-Publishing in Germany: How To Get Started? Two of the most famous self-published authors in Germany, Emily Bold and Nika Lubitsch, shared views about the German market for independent authors: Digital publishing and self-publishing have grown a lot recently in Germany, but it might … [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...]

7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Book Series (Part 2 – Troubleshooting)

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By Julianne MacLean Continued from 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Book Series (Part 1) In the previous post, I listed the 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Book Series. And, as I concluded, as an independent author, there are no rules or limits around what you can do with a series. But sometimes you are not always in full control and things don't always work according to plan. For that reason, I thought it would be good to look at how you can troubleshoot issues that I have had to deal with. What if your series was left unfinished by a traditional publisher? Should you continue it independently? There are a few different schools of thought on this. Some authors believe it’s too difficult to effectively manage a series when half the books are controlled by a publisher. … [Read more...]

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