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Facebook Live. You know, for authors.

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Facebook Live. You know, for authors.

The historical romance author Cecelia Mecca interviewed about the joy of using Facebook Live broadcasts as a writer to interact with your readers. 

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How to format your book using the Vellum software.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to format your book using the Vellum software.

In this video, author J Penn looks at formatting options for e-book and print books, and demos the Vellum software (for Apple Mac only: sorry, no PC version, yet). She tackles importing from Word, different style options, cover and titles, image auto-resizing, various formatting options for fiction and non-fiction, hyperlinks and how to switch them for the print version, making an e-book boxset, and generating for Kindle, ePub and print-ready PDF. 

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The art of book cover design.

February 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
The art of book cover design.

Book cover designer Stuart Bache has illustrated covers for authors such as John Le Carre and Stephen King, as well as many others. Stuart Bache talks about a new course he has put together to help authors design their own professional-looking book covers. He gets into why book covers matter so much; considering genre when designing a book cover, and mistakes authors make when they consider book covers.

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Turning your novel into an audio-book.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Turning your novel into an audio-book.

Here’s an interesting interview with Kevin Tumlinson (from publishing aggregator Draft2Digital). The company offers services to indie authors and is about to add to them with a new offering for delivering audio-books based on your novels.

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Chloe Esposito, chick-lit champion.

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Chloe Esposito, chick-lit champion.

With a multi-million advance for her first three books and accompanying film rights snapped up by Hollywood, you could say that chick-lit author Chloe Esposito has arrived. However, the age old adage that says there’s no such thing as overnight success definitely applies here. Chloe’s route to publication has been circuitous and should provide plenty of hope and insight for those still wondering how to make their writing pay. In this Youtube interview you’ll hear about the catalyst for change that saw Chloe switch from writing business reports as a management consultant to penning novels that have got both her bank manager and Hollywood producers jumping for joy.

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Starting an Indie Author career?

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Starting an Indie Author career?

Indie author Mark Dawson discusses ‘The One Thing’ he wished he’d known when starting out on his indie author career.

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Crystal-balls for authors . . .

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Crystal-balls for authors . . .

Wouldn’t it be nice if, before you sit down to start writing your next book, you could peer into a crystal ball to pick up clues as to whether your book was going to sell rockets like Harry Potter? After all, who wants to spend the best part of a year (or longer) writing a novel that’s just going to be read by your mom and your best friend? Well, fear not,  here’s an interview with Brian Spangler – the indie author with a background in software development and a talent for data crunching. He’s created an online app that sucks up data on Amazon categories and sales to help you plan what literary mountains to conquer.

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Writing with words & pictures: Pat Mills interviewed.

May 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing with words & pictures: Pat Mills interviewed.

Pat Mills is the writer and editor who co-created iconic British comic-book 2000AD and its Judge Dredd strip. In this interview you’ll hear about the genesis of Pat’s career and his take on the comic-book industry, as well as learn how he’s approaching the world of indie publishing as he now works to produce his first novels with his wife.

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Flying jets and scribbling ink: the female author who also pilots 747s.

March 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flying jets and scribbling ink: the female author who also pilots 747s.

Indie author Susan Grant is an ex-fighter pilot who now writes novels, that is, in between flying commercial 747 jets as the captain. In the early days, Susan had many books traditionally published – but then her print publisher went bust, leaving Susan without a way to get her books to her readers. Now Susan is an indie romance author – and still flying her beloved 747s for big airlines. In this interview with the SPF Podcast team, she spills the beans on her struggle against the odds to stay an author and how she eventually prospered as an indie writer.

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Amazon now lets authors plug their books on their shop … for a fee.

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Amazon now lets authors plug their books on their shop … for a fee.

As an indie author you have to always be open to fresh marketing options. It’s an area of hyper-innovation online and you’d be daft not to keep an eye out for what might be the next new thing to give your novels a decent marketing boost. In this new video podcast, UK-based thriller author Mark Dawson looks at how Amazon has opened up their shop to let the little indie authors have a go at plugging their books on the world’s largest online shop. He says, You’re probably aware that Facebook advertising has been my go-to service for a number of years although I did give Amazon ads a go […]

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