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How To Shorten Your Amazon Links

If you ever want to give a reader the link to your book on Amazon, it can be very tempting to just go to Amazon, search for your book, click on your book, and then copy and paste the link from the address bar in your browser. That works, but let’s be honest – the link you get is ugly! For example, here’s the link to my book Gears of Wonderland when I do that. https://www.amazon.com/Gears-Wonderland-steampunk-fantasy-Anderson-ebook/dp/B005USJ5U8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491136398&sr=8-1&keywords=gears+of+wonderland What a mess 🙂 Putting a visible link like that into a book would look very ugly. And can you imagine a reader trying
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Beware the Ebook Front Matter Trap

The great thing about self-publishing is that there is no one telling you what you have to do with your book. You can write in whatever genre you like, include whatever type of character you want, and write in any style you prefer. Don’t want to have any chapters at all in your book? No problem. Want to use a lot of very short chapters? That’s fine. Want to write your book entirely in verse, like some of the ancient Greek epics? Go ahead. But like with everything, that freedom comes with a price. It’s easy to fall into traps
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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017.

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 is a great year for your writing (and for you and your family in general 🙂 ) We are back from our Christmas break, and ready to get back to work! Obviously we have a bit of email backlog to go through, but we should catch up in the next couple of days.
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A Simple Checklist to Make Sure Your Manuscript is Complete!

Getting your book ready for publishing is an exciting time. But there are a huge number of things to think about as release day approaches. As a result, it’s easy to overlook adding some of the front and/or back matter to your book. This article runs through the common (and not-so-common) sections that you might have forgotten to include. All of them are optional to one degree or another, but most books will have at least the first five items.   Copyright page It’s a basic thing, but we find that the copyright page is probably the most forgotten page
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Unexpected Returns (Common Formatting Problems)

This series of articles is intended to talk about common (and not so common!) problems that can occur when formatting your manuscript as an ebook, and how to get around them. Whether you plan to do your own formatting, or get someone else (like us!) to do it for you, I hope you find the information helpful.   Out of every problem that we run across when formatting manuscripts, unexpected returns in the ebook is by far is the most common one. There are a few variations on this problem, so we’ll take a look at how these can trip
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Writing as a Passion, with K.R. Thompson (From the Trenches)

Today’s interview is with Kim Thompson (who writes as K.R Thompson – don’t worry, I’m not spilling any secrets 🙂 ). After starting to write as an escape, Kim discovered a passion for writing that has continued through multiple novels, novella and other stories. Kim’s advice is the perfect blueprint for a starting author who is unsure how to move forward in their writing career.       Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got started writing? Thanks so much for having me,
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Marketing Tips and Advice from Mark Dawson (From the Trenches)

For the inaugural “From the Trenches” interview, I am very pleased to introduce Mark Dawson. We have had the honor and privilege of working with Mark from the start of his self-publishing career, when he first got back the rights to some books he had published though a publisher. From those small beginnings, Mark has become an extremely successful full-time author, selling hundreds of thousands of books and coming to the attention of TV and movie producers. Time will tell if we will be seeing his stories on the big (or small) screen in the future – fingers crossed!   Thank
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Launch of the new site

Back in May 2012, I came to the decision to offer my skills in formatting to self-published authors who wanted their book created with hand-crafted HTML. Things started off slow, and for a while I thought I had made a mistake “hanging out the shingle”. Then, after a slow start, the jobs started to come in. And, to my eternal gratitude, they haven’t stopped. But now it’s time to move my formatting services off my author site, and give them a site of their own. I’ll still be offering the same level of service that I always have, it will
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