Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

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Top 18 Book Launch Tips

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A great reason to celebrate the launch of your new book, which might have taken months or years to write, is a book launch party, actual or maybe even virtual. You will want to thank everyone who helped with the creation of your book and introduce your latest work to your adoring readers. With today’s digital printing techniques it is possible to have a couple of print books to sign at your event – even if your book is officially offered only as an e-book.

Plan Your Event at Least Two Months Ahead
The date can be well after the book hit the shelves or the Amazon sales pages. Important is that you invite as much people as possible (they won’t all come! Don’t worry) and that you get as much buzz as possible from book bloggers, from your Social Media followers, local book clubs and hopefully the…

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It’s all about the poster art

One of the things about being indie is trying to do things on the cheap (i.e. as free as possible). This can lead to my promotional posters looking a little on the Blue Peter side. I have created a poster about our books for the Amazon Kindle versions, but I’ve tried my best. So don’t judge. *sob*

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Workshop: Standing Out From The Crowd

Really helpful advice 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

The second workshop I attended as a part of the Perth Writers Festival, 2014, was Standing out from the Crowd with indie author Susan May. Susan has an incredible story, having only chosen to become a self-published author in the past year. She already has one novel, two short stories and an anthology for sale on Amazon, has almost 40,000 followers on twitter and is the tenth most searched author on Goodreads Australia.

The workshop revolved around marketing yourself as an author – whether traditional or indie. This can be started before you publish your first work, or after you’ve published several. She mostly shared her own experience and stories of her other author friends successes – from modest earnings to the runaway success of Hugh Howie (who she just worked on an anthology with).

Susan was incredibly engaging and inspiring to listen to. A complete go-getter, she’s funny…

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Workshop: Writing For Young Adults

A great post if you’re writing YA fiction 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

As part of the Perth Writers Festival, I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with A.J. Betts on how to write for young adults. As the author of the completely wonderful Text prize winning Zac & Mia (which I read in one sitting) and part time teacher, she’s a pretty great person to listen to on the subject.

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As promised, here is a summary of my notes and the writing exercises we worked though. There was a lot of class discussion and general chat that I won’t bother going into, and this is in no way a good substitute for a three hour workshop, but it’s a decent overview and hopefully it’s helpful to some of you.

General Notes: 

  • A Young Adult book is 30k – 100k words, with the average sitting around 50k – 60k.
  • They are divided into chapters, which are usually short and…

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Ways to Help Your Indie Friends

A fantastically helpful post 🙂

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You know exactly who I’m talking about, don’t you?  That one, the really weird one, who isn’t married, might not even be dating seriously, may have been in school forever, works odd jobs, and is absolutely hell bent on writing books or making music or taking pictures.  Yeah, I’m talking about that friend.  If you are not “that friend,” chances are, you have one or one of your friends does.  

Indies come in many forms.  Some of us are authors.  Some are musicians.  Some are artists, graphic designers, photographers, screenwriters, or filmmakers.  But see, we all have one thing in common.  We have found something that we love so much that we are striving to make a career out of it, even if that means going it alone.  Crazy?  Yes, perhaps we are.  But I think anyone who’s ever made an impact has been at least a little off…

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