Category Indie publishing

Want to edit a large PDF for free? Here’s how…

Last year, I updated the cover of my first book to match subsequent volumes. It went from this….to this: Matchy, matchy… I happily uploaded my new cover to Amazon KDP print and ordered a handful of author copies. When they arrived, I realised that I also needed to update the cover designer attribution on my […]

4 Ways #Writers Can Identify and Connect With Their Online Audience #Blogging

On the theme of helping newer writers enter the busy and often confusing world of authorship, this week I have a guest post for you about blogging. In my personal experience, blogging is one of the best ways to connect with other authors and potential readers. After hearing that keeping a blog was such an […]

3 ways to make your book more attractive to readers #marketing

This post is for the writer who has made the decision to try self-publishing their novel, but hasn’t yet taken the plunge. Many people are put off at this stage by the figures – I looked it up and discovered the startling figure of 48.5 million books for sale on Amazon. So how on earth […]

Traditional #publishing v Indie (Independent)

I know this is an old topic, but as the world changes, so too do these type of perennial discussions. I joined (yet another) Facebook group a while ago – THE WRITER’S FORUM – and was gobsmacked to discover the level of ignorance about the publishing industry amongst new writers. I guess I’ve been at […]

‘PUTTING THE FACT IN #FANTASY’ pre-order, and a mini blog break.

I’m going to cover the title subjects in the opposite order. I have kept this meme for years, knowing one day it would be totally relevant – and the time is finally here! On Wednesday, all being well, I shall have a new hip. The first of two, you understand, but after 7 years of […]

7 steps to formatting your paperback book #IndieAuthor #KDP

In the run up to releasing my most recent book, THE PRINCE’S HEIR, I set out to format my first paperback for a long time, and decided to document the stages so I will have a post to refer to next time, and not have to figure it out all over again! Hopefully this will […]

Building work update, and #BookBub Featured ad follow up

Life and work, including writing the new equestrian book, is pretty busy just now, and I’m cramming in what I can before I have to take a bit of downtime – I’m having my first hip replacement towards the end of April. I’m both anxious, and at the same time I can’t wait! I have […]

#BookBubFeaturedDeal – sharing my figures

I always like reading about other people’s experiences with marketing, and as a result I’ve always been happy to share figures from my biggest sale of the year. Christmas seems to be bumper sale time for me, so I regularly organise a bunch of promos, even if I don’t get a BookBub Featured Deal. I […]

#Authors, what’s in your endmatter? #Apple #Kobo

If you’ve read my last post, you’ll be aware I recently fell foul of my own decision to publish (via the aggregator, Draft2Digital) my initial novels to Apple as a separate entity, rather than using the same master file for all platforms. This was a result of Apple’s strict policy of no links in your […]

Best Laid Plans… #BookBub #Internet

For my first post of 2022 I want to start by thanking all those who helped to make the launch of THE PRINCE’S HEIR my most successful book launch to date. I planned well ahead for a 0.99c sale on book #1, THE PRINCE’S MAN, and booked a week’s worth of promotions – 10 paid […]