Indie Publishing

Self-publishing Tips For New Authors

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Recently, I was asked by fellow blogger and friend Annika Perry how to fill in tax details for publishing on Kindle KDP. I messaged Annika the link below via twitter and this encouraged me to write this post to help others with some of the painstaking detail of self-publishing.

Here is the link :

KDP Tax interview:
https://catherineryanhoward.com/taxinterview

I have been collecting many other links which might be useful to people considering self-publishing. Most of these are related to publishing on Amazon Kindle:

Size of artwork for books: http://www.wordhook.com/publishing/correct-ebook-cover-dimensions/

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/how-to-format-your-ebook/

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/kindle-ebook-formatting-example/

https://litworldinterviews.com/2015/07/02/how-to-create-a-ncx-table-of-contents-for-amazon-upload-using-calibre/

If you need to sign word documents this is useful:

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/self-publish-book-amazon-kindle-kdp/#format

To make a table of contents use bookmark, typing the titles of each chapter heading briefly without any spaces.

 

Further self publishing links:

https://janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/

Ways to earn money by publishing online serially:

Tapas – A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators via Jane Friedman

http://kindleformatting.com/faq.php

http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2015/04/28/how-to-use-custom-fonts-with-kindles-embed-fonts-in-kindle-ebooks/

How to embed fonts – this is only for paperback: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2984714/software-productivity/how-to-embed-fonts-in-word-documents-so-they-stay-even-if-you-send-the-file.html

How to schedule a free kindle kdp promotion: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A34IQ0W14ZKXM9

How to add kdp select:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A6KILDRNSCOBA?ref_=_faq

How to do a kindle countdown deal:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A3288N75MH14B8

How to add your details to Amazon Author Central. I made a bit of a mess of this to begin with, so this one is an important one to get right!

https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/home

And the Creative Penn is an invaluable resource as are all the following links:

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/how-to-self-publish-an-ebook/

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/introducing-readerlinks-and-author-helper/

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/make-money/how-to-make-a-media-kit/
https://richardankers.com/writers-resources/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/285059/how-to-create-a-table-of-contents-by-marking-text-in-word

http://www.aliventures.com/formatting-microsoft-word-for-kindle/

Huffington Post Legal Issues in Self Publishing What Authors Need To Know

Oh, and ideas for marketing!!!

https://watchingthedaisies.com/2017/11/22/free-marketing-resources-for-new-authors/

Please feel free to add further links and tips to the comment box below, many thanks.

 

Bye for now, hope I got my facts right!

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Cover Reveal: The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

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Today, I am delighted to share with you my cover reveal for my debut fantasy YA novel:

The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

I’m delighted with the cover – Wendy Anne Darling at BOOKXEEDO Book Covers has done a marvellous job. Isn’t the cover just beautiful? Thank you Wendy so much.
Cover photography credit: Chronopage and grasshopper – John C Taylor, OBE.

Cover photography credit: author photo – Georgina Mallon.

Cover photography credit (spine) :  Bloodstone – Alex Marlowe.

Synopsis:

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in.  Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.
Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.
With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

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How Not to Get Overwhelmed: Picking Your Publishing Platform(s)

Wonderful advice from Rachael Ritchey about self-publishing. This is a must see for any author considering self-publishing.

Fiction by Rachael Ritchey

Platforms

This is the sixth article in the series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing. Below is the list, including links to the subjects we’ve already covered. Today’s topic is publishing platforms. These apply to most countries for accessibility as far as I know, but since most of my research has been about my own publishing, some of the info I share may only be useful to US authors.

Main Types of Book Formats

  1. ebook
    1. epub
    2. mobi
    3. pdf; etc.
  2. paperback
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 5.25 x 8
  3. hardbound
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 6×9

Depending on how you plan to make your book available you…

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