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    Craft & Marketing Talk | Book Release Strategy Part One

    This blog post is the first in a new series I am writing called Craft & Marketing Talk. As the name suggests, I’ll be discussing the craft and marketing side of being an Indie author. I’m by no means an expert in either subject, but I’ve had some success in the sense that I’ve won awards and been a best selling author multiple times. I’ve had a number of published and aspiring authors ask me questions about my personal journey and strategy. It would be impossible to answer all queries…

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    Announcing the closure of the Heartsome shop…

    As some of you are probably aware, my books are currently available through the Heartsome shop as well as on other distributor platforms. Over the next few months, products will be removed from the Heartsome shop with the ultimate aim of the store being closed by Autumn 2018. I’d like to thank everyone for their support of the Heartsome shop and reassure users that you will of course be able to contact Heartsome about any questions you have regarding your previous orders. While the Heartsome store has been very successful…

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    Lesbian and bi women fiction survey results 2018

    Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who filled in and shared the post regarding the lesbian and bi women fiction survey. In the end, we had over 600 replies which is incredible and double what we had last year. As per the previous year, the results are freely available here on my website and the raw data is available to anyone who requests it via my contact form. When looking at this data, I urge people to keep in mind that this is still a relatively small dataset and…

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    Introducing… the Random Review Generator

    It’s been a topic of discussion for a while that many people don’t feel qualified to leave reviews on books they’ve read. When I ran the Lesbian and Bi women Fiction Questionnaire last year, I was surprised by the number of people who said they didn’t review. I was more surprised when I saw some of the reasons why. Many people didn’t feel they had the language skills or ability to review a book and even more people said they didn’t know how to write a review. The Importance of a…

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    What DO authors get paid?

    The Lesbian and Bi Women Fiction survey that I am currently running has thrown up a lot of interesting comments from readers of the genre. One thing that has come up a lot is a desire from readers to purchase books from distributors who pay authors a little more than others. As an author, I’m touched to hear this and am really appreciative of readers who want to ensure that all our authors get that little bit extra. Especially as we operate in such a small market where sales volumes, and…

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    Calculating the cost of marketing your book

    Everyone knows that producing a novel costs money. You have editing costs, cover design costs, proofreading costs, printing costs… but once your book has been released you stop paying, right? Well, the answer is that you can but you probably shouldn’t. As with anything worth time and effort, marketing costs money. Be it email marketing services, website hosting fees, promotional giveaways… these all come with an associated cost. The question is, how much would you pay in order to sell a copy of your book? Putting a price on a sale At…