What’s The Ultimate Conundrum?

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Have We Had Help?

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No not the Dodo – read on!

When it comes to that book we as writers have spent many months working on, sooner or later we are all presented with the same conundrum. Will it sell, bearing in mind that this business is extremely fickle?

Daily I see countless writers both new and old, endlessly talking/blogging about spending not only a considerable amount of time and effort, but also their hard earned money, on a book they wrote some time back that simply isn’t selling, in the vain hope that what they’re doing will increase it’s chances in today’s saturated market. In short we’re talking about idiots!

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it until the day I die. If your book doesn’t work, no amount of spending money on changing its cover or having it properly edited, together with purchasing a number of copies of the…

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Free Author Resources

Additional resources are most welcome. The more we have the more we can sift through and evaluate which are best suited to us.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Wow | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In my last post, I wrote about some of Dave Chessson’s, aka Kindlepreneur’s, free author resources, including his Free Amazon Book Description Generator.

Today, I have more free author resources that can prove invaluable to your author promos, courtesy of my author friend, Effrosyni Moschoudi. She has compiled a list of free author resources that include two invaluable Word files:

Even better, she keeps the lists regularly updated. These two were only updated last week, so you can rest assured they’re as up-to-date as humanly possible!

Check out Effrosyni’s full post for more author tips and resources!

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How I Am Approaching Book Promotion – By a New Author Who Has Always Dreaded Doing Any Sort of Self-Promotion #Writer — BlondeWriteMore

I can happily promote a blog post, but the idea of shouting about a book that I have written SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME! Below is me in cat form being told I will need to promote my book. Book promotion feels like a different ball game to me. Now, before I begin this […]

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5 Major Australian Publishers That Accept Unagented Manuscripts – by Erica Verrillo… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Unlike US and UK publishing houses, Australian publishers suffer from a dearth of submissions. Why submit to a publisher Down Under? All of these are major traditional publishers, with worldwide distribution, and all offer an advance and royalties. (You don’t have to be Australian to submit to […]

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Publishing Companies To Avoid And Nasty New Author Scams – by Derek Haines… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

While there may be a sucker born every minute, don’t let it be you and all your hard work! 

on Just Publishing Advice: New authors, beware of vanity publishing companies and experts making you offers that are too good to be true Have you received an email or social media message from an agent or publisher offering to publish your book? If you are an author, you may have received a lot of them. […]

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Awaiting a Verdict

While this is an older post, I believe it to be most relavent. I do enjoy digging around in old posts. Thanks Frank!

Frank Parker's author site

Neither of my previous books has been subjected to independent, professional editing.

Everything I’ve ever read about how to succeed as a writer tells me this is a mistake.

My aversion to the use of a professional editing service is more than just a reluctance to spend money when there is no certainty of recovering the investment via increased sales. I hate the thought that, once the work has been “interfered with” by a third party it is no longer truly mine. This is almost certainly irrational because the final decision as to whether or not to include the changes suggested by an editor is mine and mine alone. Still, there remains the lingering doubt that, once I accept that a suggested change represents an improvement, that aspect of the work cannot be regarded as uniquely mine.

Glaring errors

In recent times I have read traditionally published books, supposedly subjected…

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The 8 Fears That Hold Writers Back From Publishing Their Books – by Scott Allan… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on The Creative Penn: Intro by Joanna Penn: I truly believe that everyone should write a book. Because every person who writes a book will buy and read a whole load more – and together, we are a self-sustaining industry. In this article, Scott Allan outlines 8 fears that hold writers back and how […]

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What To Write About When The Dreaded Deadline Is Looming – by Derek Haines… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Just Publishing Advice: You have to write an article or blog post, and the clock is ticking Every writer knows the feeling. You need to write about something, and quickly, but you are at a loss for topic ideas. For authors and those writers who are into more creative writing pursuits, there is usually […]

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Amazon exclusive? or NO THANK YOU!

Ever wondered how to remove a book from the reading public’s gaze? Simple. Publish it exclusively on Amazon! The company’s CEO Jeff Bezos only cares about profit. When he realised he was losing money by paying royalties to each and every author who make their book available only through his company, he put a stop […]

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