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    Kindle Unlimited and the fast moving train of subscription-based media, what it means for Authors

    When I first became an author, I asked what Kindle Unlimited was. The question was met by a lot of huffs and sighs and, eventually, proclamations that it was no good for authors. It was even referred to as the devil once or twice. The general consensus was that no author is lesbific ever made money in KU. In fact, I was more than once quoted that authors made “pennies” in the Amazon subscription system. As a marketer, I wanted to check this out for myself so I’ve spent the last month…

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    Should authors bother with creating paperbacks?

    I recently asked what questions people had about writing, publishing, and marketing. One that came up a lot was about paperbacks. Mainly, writers wanted to know if paperbacks are profitable and worthwhile. To answer this questions, we need to explore the process of creating a paperback. So, how do you make a paperback? Creating a paperback and creating an eBook are two very different things. There are some pages that are relevant in an eBook that you wouldn’t want in a paperback, for example, any pages that have links in…

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    Everything you wanted to know about reviews, but were afraid to ask!

    Whether you’re an author wishing you had more reviews, or a reader who is unsure about writing them, reviews are something that is frequently debated. The results from my lesbian and bi women fiction survey had some surprising results when it comes to reviews. Over 56% of responders only sometimes review books they have read. 16% never review. Many people said they didn’t review because they didn’t know how, or they were frightened of being criticised for their own spelling or grammar. Some even questioned why their point of view…

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    Why print books are getting smaller, and why that’s a GOOD thing!

    Recently I ran a survey on lesbian and bi women fiction to get some feedback from readers regarding their thoughts on our industry. You can see the results here. Lots of interesting information came out of the survey so I thought I’d spend some time addressing some of the points made. Today, I’d like to talk about one of the issues raised: paperbacks. More specifically, the size of paperbacks. Where did my book go? One of the things highlighted by the survey, was that people felt that paperbacks were getting smaller. While this…

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    eBook piracy vs clickbait

    I’ve recently seen quite a few authors discussing that their book has been found on various piracy sites. I wanted to write a blog explaining a little bit about the difference between piracy and clickbait, as often, these piracy sites are not entirely what they seem. If you go to Google and type the word “free” as well as a book title and an author name, you’ll be presented with pages of websites, claiming they have a link to a free copy of the eBook. Naturally, many authors see this…

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    The things you get asked when you’re a writer

    Since announcing my first book is being published I have had a lot of interesting conversations with people. I’ve also had a lot of strange conversations with people. For some reason, when you say you are writing a book you seem to get a barrage of odd questions that I’m sure people would never dream of asking anyone else. I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here. 1) I’ve written a book too, how do I go about getting it published? This is probably the most common question…