Monthly Archives: February 2013

EL James cools down the raunch for next book

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Raunch ‘on the back burner’ … EL James

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Fifty Shades of Grey author says new fiction will have much less sex, and probably another pseudonym.

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How Long Should a Chapter Be?

This is the question I googled today: How long should a chapter be?
The concurring answer I received is, “The length of a string.”
But is that really the answer? I don’t think so. I visited many articles today and heard of 40,000 word chapters and one sentence chapters. Writers can do what they want, but should they?

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Fact: Women are More Successful Self-published Authors

According to the recent Taleist survey of self-published writers, women authors are more successful than men.

Does this fact surprise you? It surprised me – not because I lack faith in my female counterparts (far from it), but because when you compare it to the traditional book publishing industry, it’s the men who dominate.

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Top 10 Book Cover Design Tips For Self-Publishers

You must first realize that a book’s cover is the equivalent of a product’s packaging. What is on that cover, or packaging, is advertising. You must figure out what needs to be on that cover in order for a buyer to choose your book over the many others that cover the same topic. What needs to be on your book’s cover that will draw in, or attract, a buyer? You must separate yourself from your personal feelings about your book, and think like the buyer would think. What would attract you to a book like yours? Your book cover’s ability to attract buyers will have a direct effect on how well your books sells. So, don’t be afraid to design several covers. And don’t be afraid to hire professional help.

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The Basics of DIY E-Book Publishing

About 10 years ago, the most prevalent self-publishing option called for a significant up-front investment and reliance on a publishing service company. Authors had to forfeit more than half of their royalties and grant exclusivity to a single company to sell and distribute their work.

Just as traditional publishing has been transformed by the rise of e-books, today’s self-publishing market has been transformed by new distribution tools that are free to use, take a smaller percentage of authors’ sales, and operate on a nonexclusive basis. Authors have far more control over where their work is sold and what they earn. And there is a growing field of bestselling authors who’ve launched their careers by publishing e-books alone—including Amanda Hocking, Darcie Chan and John Locke, to name a few.

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Five Slightly Unexpected Tips For Self-Published Authors to Find Success

One thing I hear a lot these days is that “self-publishing” is a misnomer. The reason? There’s no way that one person can do everything necessary to properly and effectively publish a book. (Obviously there are a lot of qualifiers there, but you get the idea.)

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E-Reading Search Trends in Canada

In many English-speaking countries, the most well-known e-reading devices are from giant brands such as Amazon, Google, or Apple. But the Canadian market paints a slightly different picture. According to the results of our consumer research in the first half of 2012, we found that, when asked which devices consumers planned to use to read their e-books, Kobo was the market share leader at 27%, followed by Kindle at 19% and the iPad at 14%. But let’s see if these preferences spill over into the online arena and how Canadians are using Google to search for their next e-book or e-reading device.

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