What’s an Indie author? The word “indie” comes from the root word individual. An Indie author is an individual author who has self-published a book without help from other entities. A lot of people may find this to be uncommon, but it’s not at all. Hundreds of years ago, every author had to go through a press in order to get noticed and published. Times change, people change. Today, media and technology is advertising a lot of Indie authors and supporting them through countless interviews and book blurbs. So, what’s the status quo, Carl? It’s been predicted by many researchers that Indie authors will become more prevalent and presses will become nonexistent by 2020. Yeah, 2020! Perfect vision, perfect writing! Why? The root reason is Indie authors are taking the time to learn all of the loops in getting a book published. Recently, I wrote a blog post about Book Publishing 101. Myself, as well as others, have had these experiences and going through a press for an agent and/or editor becomes unnecessary. Many presses of today do not publish certain books because of their content, theme, and the notion of them not making an abundant of purchases. It’s vital for Indie authors to understand how to manuever through the hidden fees they encounter. To conclude, Indie authors must build up a network of readers and writers, as well as doing freebies to draw a bigger audience. The bigger your network, the more successful you become in advertising your book!
Hey There! It’s that time again! Hope each of you are enjoying your National Poetry Month and enjoyed Tax Day yesterday! Today, I have a new offer for you.
It’s a first come, first serve basis! I give away 25 downloadable Audible copies of my first book written, “Poetic Expressions”. Adam Meggs is a famous auditor and has voiced this book for you to listen to rather than read. Instructions and discount codes are included below.
1. Visit http://www.audible.com/at/redeem
2. Enter the download code into the “Redeem Your Promotional Code” field
and click “Redeem”.
3. If you’re not an Audible customer, you’ll need to create a new Audible.com account. Don’t worry, you can use your Amazon account to do this.
4. Follow the instructions. You’ll have 1 credit applied to your account.
5. Go to my book’s listing and add the book “Poetic Expressions” to your cart. When you check out, you will see a free credit applied to your book.
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I strongly believe one of the top failures for new, emerging authors is the marketing techniques they use in promoting their book. Typically, many authors purchase press kits with their publisher to help get their book recognized. Press kits are a good start point, but one should not fully rely on them. When I wrote my first three books, I did not use a press kit. I did “personal marketing.” Personal marketing and know how to do it well causes your book to be globally and locally recognized. I want to share some of the tactics and tools I have personally used in promoting my books.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing gives an author the opportunity to convert the manuscript of their book into an e-Book version. If you’re an author that is limited on funds, this is your first source for marketing. Try to sell your book electronically and see how well it goes. If you make good ebook sales, begin transitioning into print copies through Amazon Marketplace.
Amazon Advantage Program
Amazon Advantage Program offers the opportunity for authors to send in print copies of their book to the warehouse. It’s imperative that I state you should make sure you send the exact amount of print copies you requested in your purchase order. When you submit your purchase order, Amazon will give you a shipping label and packaging label to make sure the correct personnel receives your book.
Personal Author Website
No matter what genre of writing you choose to pursue, every author needs a personal website that displays their book and how to go about purchasing it. Preferably, use your name as the web domain. If it’s not available, use the title of your book. Start with a .com domain and then search for available domains, if these options are not available.
Do not overdo your website. My very first website I created had too much information on it. The basic components should consist of an intro/welcome to your site, the author’s bio (keep it brief), the marketing outlets that have your book(s) available for purchase, and a way readers and visitors can contact you for more information. It’s imperative to have an email address correspondent to your website. For instance, my email is email@example.com. If you feel your works will be huge, it’s wise to set up separate email addresses for each entity. Entities could be copyrights, book purchases, book reviews, ratings, interviews, endorsement letters, and author appearances (bookings).
Google SEO/ Google Analytics
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. I didn’t take advantage of Google Analytics or SEO until I wrote my fourth book. This software, patented by Google, shows you the location of the visitors on your website. You can get hit counts, web statistics, and pull up reports for your website. SEO is setup in your website within your metatags, to help Google easily locate your website. When someone searches your name on Google, your website should be the first link to show up.
After your author website is established and you have SEO generated in the background, you can enroll into Google Authorship. This tool simply verifies your rights as an author and places your name to the right when someone searches for you. In order to use this, you have to embed code, from Google, into a website that includes your name as an author. You can even do this for newspaper articles, blogs, and journal entries.
NOOK Press is an online self-publishing tool created by Barnes & Noble. The online software allows you to upload your manuscript and book cover, and then sell it as an email on a NOOK device. Barnes & Noble is just as reputable as Amazon and I encourage every author to use both platforms. I see many authors on Kindle and not on NOOK; as if NOOK is phasing away.
Amazon Author Central
Amazon Author Central is a platform that allows authors to create a profile and claim their books already being sold on Amazon. With Amazon Central, you can set up your upcoming events, embed an RSS feed or blog, upload pictures of yourself, and display videos about you and/or your book(s).
Amazon AudioBook Exchange (ACX)
Audiobooks are becoming a new thing in today’s publishing era. Once your books are available for sale on either Kindle or print, you can get an auditor to record your book. Royalties and contracts are setup and those that cannot read or see your book, can listen to your book through Audible.
When I first joined Goodreads, I freaked out because I didn’t understand why I could not create an author page. Before establishing an author page, you must recommend, read, and rate so many books. You begin by searching for your book. If Goodreads does not pull up anything, a button will appear that says “manually add my book(s)”. As I began to get ratings and reviews on my book, I added friends and joined different communities. This opened up my understanding and I began setting up critique groups, writing blog posts, include my works of writing, and uploading pictures.
One great feature, as a Goodreads author, I encourage is book giveaways. Setting up quizzes and trivia on your book sounds great, but to gain exposure you have to give away something for free. Even if you give away 1 copy, you can gain a lot of readers. When I did my first book giveaway, I only gave away 1 free copy of my book. The amount of contestants I had was 992 at the closeout. Take advantage of the giveaways.
LibraryThing is a cataloging platform where librarians catalog books in their library and books of interest. You can still create an author page, upload photo(s), and contribute to the Common Knowledge placed on your books. Your readings and events can be added on LibraryThing and to find people of similar interest, you can join the Hobnob with Authors group.
All three of these social media platforms are free. If you have written multiple works, I suggest only creating one author page and displaying all of your works there. If you are concerned with privacy, block unwanted users and set your profile to private. Keep in mind that a private profile is harder to find than a public one.
I’m making it a habit to write daily; that is, whatever comes to mind. A person can write for years and become good at it. Yet, they suffer with distractions. Writers are not exempt from distractions. Every writer has a personal life outside of writing and they too, have to deal with this. It agitates me madly when I’m trying to write down my thoughts and a train passes by my place of stay. My neighbors, sometimes, family will play loud music or constantly knock on my door. Better yet, the phone seems to never stop ringing. No one is calling about something important and you think, “Couldn’t this wait until a later time?” Writing in a world filled with distractions is very difficult. It takes a lot of skill and technique to get beyond it. Today, I want to share some techniques with you that I think could help you as a writer, author, novelist, poet, lyricist, or whatever form of writing you enjoy doing.
My first tip is staying focused. Writing is considered a goal. There’s an end and a finish to it. You pick up your pen or pencil, apply it to paper, and then let your thoughts ride. The minute I notice a distraction, I speak to my inner self and remind myself to keep going. You can’t quit till you cross the finish line and feel satisfied with your writing piece.
The second tip I have to offer is taking a break. What! Are you sure? Yes, I am sure. You have to give your brain and thought process a break after a certain amount of hours. My rule of thumb is every four hours. During your break, leave your current setting and find a new atmosphere. Find a spot that’s calm and relaxing, such as a park. Remember to bring a notebook and something to write with. Don’t make it an intention to write because this is a break, remember? I am asking you to bring a notebook because you can run into something that intrigues you. I call this the test of the wills. Thoughts come and go, and you cannot expect your brain to remember the ones coming at you rapidly.
The third tip is finding the perfect timeframe. This is very difficult, though it sounds easy. Some writers have to write late at night when everyone in the house is sleep and all personal errands are done for the day. Other writers prefer to write in wee morning hours before any chaos hits the day. I have even seen some writers write in the middle of the day, during their lunch breaks from work, and at certain times designated for writing.
I want you all to succeed in your writing. The very last tip I have to offer is grabbing a cup of coffee or tea. Drinking something hot stimulates the mind and pushes you to continue writing down your thoughts when distractions are near. Please do not flatter yourself into thinking that you will not have to deal with distractions when you write. Distractions come in many forms; down to the sound of forceful wind. It’s how you handle them and how well you use emotional intelligence to balance your attitude about the distractions.
Good luck and promote “distraction-free writing” wherever you go!
It’s no secret that cell phone companies take advantage of their customers by charging crazy prices for their phones and then when you get the phone you end up paying more than you should for service just so you can use it. Why are we being taken advantage of? That’s what got me thinking about other options in the cellular market, and it didn’t take me long to discover Scratch Wireless. This cellular provider offers something that made me question my sanity, FREE cell service with no strings attached!
Here’s how it works. First, you buy their Android Smartphone, the brilliant Motorola Photon Q. I was shocked by how nice the phone is. It sports an amazing color display, a pretty nice camera, a slide-out keyboard, and a ton of other features. I compared it to my iPhone’s interface, and found that I preferred the freshness of the Android operating system. After you have the phone, it takes about 5 minutes total to get things set up and running.
The cellular service works like this. Anytime you are around a wi-fi network, you connect to it and the cell phone uses the wireless network to make phone calls, send txt messages, and do things that require data. If you’re away from a wi-fi network then you can still send unlimited free txt messages, but if you want to make a call or use data you have the option to buy a pass. Passes are super affordable, starting at just $1.99 for a day pass, which gives you 30 minutes of talk time. You might just be surprised at how often you’re around a wireless signal though.
At home, at work, at college, at Starbucks, almost anywhere you go there is usually a wi-fi network that you can connect to. This is the ideal phone for anyone who wants to cut their wireless bill or even eliminate it completely! The entire idea operates flawlessly and I haven’t found anything to complain about. When you aren’t on wi-fi the phone will use the Sprint network for service, and even in the somewhat rural area where we are located, we had a nice signal to go off of.
One thing to note is that you currently cannot send MMS txt messages, so no pictures unless you use an app like Kik. When you look at all of the benefits of getting a Scratch Wireless phone, it really makes you wonder why you’ve been paying such a high cell phone bill all of these years. The phone is great, the service is spectacular, and we recommend it to anyone who doesn’t enjoy paying a fortune for cell service and prefers FREE over paid. For more information or to get a Scratch Wireless phone, visit www.ScratchWireless.com.
Food is one of our major expenses in life. The average British citizen spends more than 100 quid a week on food. Sometimes our budgets just don’t stretch this far however thanks to koalapaydayloans.com this doesn’t mean missing out on essential shopping. Cutting down the cost of food can be hard for some to handle, but with careful planning you can cut your food budget nearly in half. Let’s explore a typical trip to the local grocery store and find ways to save money on food. Here are some wise tips to follow that will surely help you reduce your food budget.
Before you even set foot in a grocery store it is always smart to eat. Most people who go inside of a grocery store hungry, will spend much more than they normally would have. The old saying you’re eyes are bigger than your stomach come into play here. When you are hungry you brain tells you eat, and being inside a store full of food, you get overloaded with temptation. So be smart, and eat a meal before heading off to do your food shopping.
Going to the grocery store without a solid plan is almost as bad as going hungry. Make a list of the items you need before you head out. This will save you time, and keep you from buying impulse items that you don’t really need. This is a perfect way to reduce the cost of food.
Clipping coupons is not just for moms and grannies anymore; there are even shows dedicated to extreme coupon clipping. Coupons can save you a lot of money; you sometimes even find coupons that allow you to get items for free, or half off the original purchase price. Technology has caught up with coupons; now there is an endless list of coupon websites dedicated to saving money. Before you plan your next grocery visit, why not clip some coupons; they are free and not using them will be like throwing away money.
Buying store brands is another great way to save. Normally store brands have the same amount of product and ingredients as the more expensive national brands. There is no reason to purchase the same product for more, just because a label tells you so. Don’t worry what others may say, it’s not their money being thrown away.
Buying in bulk is often a great way to keep your food budget in check. But you have to be careful with buying in this fashion; you don’t want your food to spoil before you can eat it. If you have a good way to store bulk food, and enough time to finish it before it turns to rubbish, buying in bulk makes sense. A great way to buy in bulk is to purchase staple foods like beans, flour and sugar. These type foods will store for long periods of time, and are great to always have on hand.
Now that you know a few ways to make shopping more money efficient you will be well on your way to saving money when it comes to food. Stick to these simple ideas and you will see a rise in your bank account. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to save your hard earned money.
I’m not sure if Iron Man is my favorite Avenger, or if Robert Downey Jr. is, but one thing I know for sure is that JARVIS is my new favorite app! Tony Stark’s artificial (super) intelligence personal assistant can be yours for free on any Apple iOS device. It’s a voice command app (similar to Siri), and the program will respond with dialogue voiced by Paul Betteny, the voice of JARVIS in the Marvel movies. To the best of his ability, JARVIS will do a host of tasks for you. With a touch or a command, JARVIS reads out the current date and time, describe the weather conditions for the day and forecast for the following days, acknowledge reminders and alarms you set on the program, and even notify you of incoming calls or messages. JARVIS can connect you to Facebook or Twitter, and even control your Blu-Ray copy of Iron Man 3. JARVIS also holds a gallery of the forty-two different marks of Iron Man suits—which you might consider using when the weather is nice, as JARVIS might suggest—and other cool things to be unlocked with a purchase of the movie! This app is the first to provide a second screen experience through voice command. The reviews on the on the app are very positive and praiseworthy, so any Iron Man/Marvel fan will be satisfied with it. JARVIS is just one of the tricks and toys that make Tony Stark the awesome and invincible Iron Man. (And unless something happens to your phone, it won’t be taken away from you) You can feel the same with your own app today!
As we all know, summer in the UK can be unpredictable. One day it is gloriously sunny and warm, and the next we’re being battered by gale force winds and lashed by driving rain. So, if we can’t predict the weather, we need a contingency plan for when the weather takes a downward turn. London is great in the summer, but it won’t always feel very summery, so why not take the opportunity to spend some time exploring its fascinating museums?
If you live in London, it’s easy enough to hop on the Tube or the bus to get around, but if you live outside London, it might be worth hiring a coach with friends to save you all money on extortionate train tickets. The museums aren’t all situated in the same spots, so although many of them are free, you’ll need a little money to pay for transport costs across the city.
If you’re short on time, three of the best museums are situated next to one another and can be accessed directly from South Kensington Station. The Science Museum is popular with adults and children alike, with lots of interactive games and exhibits, and there is a great blend of technology, human biology and modern and historical science. The Natural History Museum has an impressive array of dinosaur skeletons, crystals and fossils, and the V&A is dedicated to design, furniture, fashion and art from years gone by.
London is famous for its art galleries. The Tate is in Vauxhall, and displays a fantastic array of classical and contemporary art. There is a series of video installations and sculptures to enjoy, and you can easily spend an entire afternoon exploring the galleries. The Tate Modern resides in an interesting industrial building with twin chimneys, and is often home to some of the most controversial works in the country, so head along if you fancy a debate.
The British Museum is a striking neo-classical Palladian building with iconic columns, and houses one of the world’s most talked about aspects of art, the Elgin Marbles, which were brought to the UK from Greece and have lived here ever since. There are sections dedicated to each of the major historical cultures and periods, such as the Egyptians, Oriental art and the Romans, and provides a comprehensive history on the world under one roof, so is ideal for any history buffs who want to pick up a good grounding in almost any part of history or historical culture.
About The Author: Siobhan Turner is passionate about the educational and entertaining qualities of London’s many high quality museums and art galleries
Have you ever wanted to raid the closet of a famous person? Stylitics makes that possible. Stylitics is an online platform where users basically create virtual closets, and take a look into the wardrobes of others. It’s free to join, easy to use, and pretty fun to explore! Stylitics helps you organize, share, and discover all things related to your style. For every fashion-conscious mind that has wondered things like, “What should I wear? Did I wear this last week? Who makes it? Does this look ok? What looks better?”, Stylitics helps answer those questions and quandaries. Upload your wardrobe to the account, and take advantage of its many features and uses. You can create outfits; keep a style log so you don’t repeat outfits or buy something you don’t need; organize it based on occasion, pattern, brand, favorites, and in many more ways; and keep up with the latest trends via blog. There’s also an app available so you can check your closet anytime, anywhere.
Everybody from The Wall Street Journal to Vogue and Oprah have talked about Stylitics’ popularity, success, and overall usability. Stylitics received a nomination from Fashion 2.0 Awards for being “The Next Big Thing in Tech”, Vogue named it one of the “Ten Websites to Organize Your Life”; and The New York Times related it to other sites like Pinterest in the way they have changed online fashion shopping. Many fashion bloggers, musicians, and tv personalities can be found on Stylitics. Check out the closets of stars like Brooke Anderson of Entertainment Tonight, Jaclyn Swartz of The Bachelor; see the inspirations of Caroline Knapp of Caroline in the City, Danielle of We Wore What?; get to know the favorite trends of designers Sena Yang and Hogan McLauglin; discover many more people with great style that interests you! Also, on June 4th, Stylitics will launch a digital closet for the
trendsetting, blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe! Fans and fashion lovers will get the opportunity to browse and shop her style for the first time ever through association with Authentic Brands Group and the Marilyn Monroe Estate. “We can’t wait to share Marilyn’s digital closets with her fans,” says Zach Davis, the co-founder of Stylitics. “Her style has impacted generations after her, and it’s exciting to represent both her vintage and modern style. The Stylitics digital closet gives consumers a much more personal way to discover and experience a collection that is driven by a personality, whether that’s a friend, a designer, or an icon like Marilyn Monroe.” Fashion advice from your favorite celebrities is no longer wishful thinking. Stylitics makes it personal to your taste and style. It’s your style, smarter. You can get it anytime, anywhere, and from just about anyone. Vamp up your fashion statement this summer with the world’s largest social closet platform!
Movies and video games are great enjoyment, but are you green with envy when their prices are more than you can pay? Well you can save some green on your entertainment by joining Red, Redbox online that is. We’re all familiar with this convenient store staple. For about $1.20 (before tax, USD) a night, you can rent movies or games from it. Not a bad deal to begin with, but set up a Redbox account you can get in on some greater deals! Signing up is free and new accounts can reserve their first movie for free! You can also receive emails and texts regarding more ways to get in on more free rentals and reservations. You could pay little to none on movies and games with a Redbox membership! Think of going Red as the new “going green”. A Redbox account can bring you more movie and game nights, without losing much green. Create your account to “go Red and save green” today!