Posts by: martin

Nov
2014
20

Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed –
Free Author Tools

I’m going to give you 4 free author tools that will help you determine whether an individual or company is indeed walking the talk. The Wizard of Oz was a tired old man hiding behind a screen. The only real tool he had was that he knew how to control the switch for the strobe light. Once he flicked that switch he appeared…

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Oct
2014
29

Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed –
Five Free Ways to Expose Your self Books to Readers

Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of speaking at writing events all over my little corner of the world. I’ve given a weekend workshop at a writers retreat in Smithers, in Northern British Columbia, I opened the prestigious Whistler Writers Festival, and I’ve made multiple stops in between. By the end of the year I’ll have spent time at fourteen different events….

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Sep
2014
8

Canadian Authors- How To Avoid Amazon/Smashwords/CreateSpace from Withholding Taxes

So, you’re sitting in Cobourg, Ontario, or Biggar, Saskatchewan, or perhaps even Yarrow, British Columbia. You’ve published your e-book masterpiece through Amazon or Smashwords, or maybe you’ve released a print book through Amazon’s print on demand company – CreateSpace. You’ve sold some books and you’re waiting for your royalty cheques to arrive. Your first cheque is 30% light. Your chosen…

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Aug
2014
31

Self-Publishing 101 – Whistler Writers Festival

I’m proud to be opening the Whistler Writers Festival with a one day workshop. We’ll break down self-publishing and show you how to connect with readers. $85 includes lunch. Come join us! http://whistlerwritersfest.com/workshop-1-the-a-to-z-of-self-publishing-with-martin-crosbie/  

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Aug
2014
21

Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed -
Comparing Free and Discounted Promotions

Let’s assume for a moment, or at least for the length of time it takes to read this article, that all authors realize that free promotions are a necessary tool that will help sell books and build their reader base. I know – many of you disagree. Some of you are philosophically opposed while others have different reasons. Leave that…

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Jul
2014
28

5 Self-Published Books You Should Be Reading

I knew I wasn’t reading enough, and it bugged me. Stephen King didn’t have to tell me, or maybe he did.  You may have had his quote bouncing around your own head from time to time “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” So, just over a year ago, I…

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Jul
2014
21

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO

When I first heard the story of the loft-sitters, I thought the information being given to me was false. I thought I was being lied to. I mean I know a little bit about that period in history. I’ve read some books, seen some movies. I grew up in Scotland, and I realize the body of water between Scotland and…

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Jun
2014
15

You Gotta Stay Positive

Have you ever read an article and gotten halfway through, or perhaps even read it to the end, and thought to yourself, “Wow, that guy was a real flake.” I’m going to make a concentrated effort to not leave you feeling that way, but with the subject matter I’m about to cover I might just lose you. I’m going to…

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Jun
2014
9

2014 Rural Writers in Residence Retreat – September 25th to September 28th

For four days we’re going to be semi-sequestered and talk writing and publishing. I’ll teach a couple of different workshops during the retreat. We’re staying at http://bannermountainlodge.com/.  Doesn’t it look cool! Sign-up details are here http://ruralwriters.wordpress.com/retreat-details/ Hope to see you there!

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