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Aug
2015
23

Five (More) Self-Published Books You Should Be Reading

One of the more popular articles I wrote last year detailed some of the great new writers I found by accident. Well, I’ve kept reading, and I’ve found a few more self-published books that made me gasp, laugh until tears ran down my face, and shake my head because the writing was so strong. The parameters are the same as last…

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Apr
2015
30

4 Free Ways to Connect With Readers
And 1 Secret Weapon

I previously posted about the mistake I made a couple of years ago. In my efforts to keep my books in the forefront and advance up the ranking lists I did everything I could think of to connect with readers. If there was a social network or website where authors claimed to be selling books I was there. If there…

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Mar
2015
29

Opportunities for (Unpublished) Writers

It’s a phenomenal achievement to write a book. Whether it’s a collection of poetry or short stories, a novel, or a work of non-fiction, it takes a lot. And, even though more and more books are being published each year, if you’ve completed this monumental task you are still in the minority. Ask around and see if anyone else you…

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Feb
2015
23

Paying It Forward (Revisited)

I’ve heralded the benefits of paying it forward and told my particular story many times in articles I’ve written. Paying it forward, or helping others without expecting anything in return, has been an effective means of furthering my career as a self-published author and is a great way to spread a little positive energy. I thought I’d share some of…

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Feb
2015
6

Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed –
Facilitating A Blog Hop Event

At the beginning of December, when I should have been working on my new book, I had a brainwave. I wondered whether an event involving twelve authors over twelve days leading up to Christmas Day might attract new readers to my work. My idea was that each author would write a short article that mentioned Christmas, and we’d share the…

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Jan
2015
2

Happy, Joyous, and Free

On February 29th, 2004 I gave up alcohol. The world in general, and the people around me especially, are far better off because of that decision. I don’t often talk about my sobriety. I allude to it. I support others who post stories of their own journeys and I cleverly (or so I thought) dedicated my first novel to Bill…

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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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