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Publishing for Indies can sometimes be a lonely experience full of uncertainties. We see our new blog for authors as being one way to share knowledge and experience with others

Homecountry by TW Lawless shows the strength of this Australian writers ability to produce a novel that not only captivates but puts you in a place of reality. TW Lawless entertains with humor, drama, love and a little bit of country lunacy

In 2007, as a children’s writer, with many a story to tell, I never really went down the road of sending manuscripts anywhere and everywhere, with a view to publication.

An aspiring author customarily spends some years crafting his manuscript for publication. The book launch, another step along that pathway, presents an opportunity for an original literary creation to showcase the author's own unique talent and style before the focus shifts to promotion and distribution.

Writers love to read!

It's a fact that we're often voracious in our appetite for words and we'll read anything we can get our hands on.

But when it comes to our writing, one of the best lessons I was ever taught was to read what you plan to write.

The cover of a book is the first thing a reader sees. It is the initial introduction to your book. All too often the cover can make a difference to whether the reader picks it up or skims past it on the shelf. Your book cover is the single most important marketing tool for your book. Here I look at the front cover from the consumers point of view

Barry Smith talks about promoting his books in Broome

 

This is one question that I am constantly asked and it’s one that is only unanswerable if the market that you hope to sell into hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Of course, the answer is never an absolute but it is possible to produce a reasonable estimate.

Book promotion for self-published authors can be expensive, time-consuming and frustrating, so it makes sense to use a wonderful site like Goodreads that does a lot of the hard work for you.

The cover of a book is the first thing a reader sees. It is the initial introduction to your book. All too often the cover can make a difference to whether the reader picks it up or skims past it on the shelf.

There are different components to your cover. Here I want to focus on the spine of the book. The part that not only announces the title and introduces you as the author but sits proudly on the shelf shouting out ‘Iʼm here!’.

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