Ebook Revolution

Simple Steps to Create an Online Course

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Leading the life of a writer can be harder than roller-skating on marbles. While we’d all love to believe we could make our money solely off the sales of our books, what’s more often the case is we make our livelihood from other more… shadowy pursuits. My main income comes from public speaking, and my projects with my interactive storytelling app, Story City. But another tool in my ‘making money as a writer’ toolkit is online courses. You may have […]

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How Poetry Can Strengthen Your Writing Craft

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I love hearing new methods for improving the order and shape of sentences. It’s hard as you’re writing and editing to feel like you’re creating something that is new and unique and worthy of reading. Writer and editor, Amy Cowen, offers some practical types for getting the special rhythm and bright imagery of poetry into your prose and blog writing. Take it away Amy!   Professional novelists know the importance of reading everything that comes their way. They know that different […]

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6 Tips for Writing Faster

I’m always keen on different techniques I can use to maximise my writing time, especially since starting my own App business this year. While I don’t necessarily agree that writing faster gives you a better, more concise manuscript, I do think that it gives you something to work with and fix up much quicker than if you ‘let the muse come to you’. Which is why when Stephanie approached me with this piece I jumped at the chance to add a new technique or two to my […]

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Freshly Minted Circuits

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Today’s guest post is from the wonderful Christine McPaul whom I met at the Hardcopy seminars in Canberra several months ago. I asked her to give a snap shot of how she sees reading and the consumption of text in the digital age, something that indie authors can take advantage of. If we provide the rabbit holes for people to dive into we can help deepen our connection with our readers, using their reading habits to our advantage.   ‘The stable hierarchies of […]

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The Benefits of Box Sets & Collaboration

There is an idea I have been toying with for a while, one I’ve seen many successful indie authors at the top of their game try and pull off successfully. I am of course talking about joining forces with other authors to create ‘Box Sets’, something unthinkable in traditional publishing. As with many independent author innovations, a box set is very simple in set up and execution. You approach authors who you feel are of a similar calibre and thematic […]

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Have A Character Named After You

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I’m very excited to announce that the second book in my Madeline Cain series, Madeline Cain: Adventures In Fashion, is set to be released on the 29th of December. The book will be available for pre-order from the 12th of December, and the first book in the series will be at 99 cents from the 19th of December until the second book’s release. At the end of the pre-launch I’ll be doing a post analysing what worked and what didn’t! Also, as part […]

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A Simple Way To Build Your Author Brand

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One of the greatest mountains an independent author has to climb is the Mountain of Legitimacy. In the past, if you were traditionally published, you were a real boy (author) and your work was clearly of ‘high quality’. This idea of quality is still a strong motivator for the reading public, particularly with the number of poorly produced self-published words equalling (or out numbering) the professionally produced self-published works. While many readers are happy to read the work of independent authors these […]

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Project Reveal – Story City: A Story Telling App

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After three months of secret squirrel business, I’m finally ready to reveal this secret project I’ve been working on. Who hasn’t read a story where they wished they could actually be inside it? See the landscape for yourself, smell the roses, or see exactly how tall that building was that Spiderman just scaled. It’s not that we don’t trust the author, it’s just we want to BE there, not just read about it. Just how could you do it? How […]

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3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Skype To Connect With Readers

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The best thing about being an indie author is that your book is available across the world! But unfortunately, until teleporters are invented and we voluntarily agree to being broken down into itty-bitty particles and reassembled on the otherside of the world, actually connecting with readers face-to-face is still a big hurdle. So in this video I’m going to cover three ways indie authors can use Skype to connect with readers. In this video I discuss digital book signings, Skype […]

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Help Me Choose The Title For My Latest Novel

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On Wednesday I talked about rewriting the blurb for my first Facebook comedy novel, ‘The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’. Now I need your valuable opinions on the second book in the series. I plan to bring book two out in the next two months, so keep an eye out for giveaways and prizes in the lead up to the launch as well as polls on the cover design of both this book and the redesign of book one. Which […]

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