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The 2018 Anti-retrospective

The 2018 Anti-retrospective

Where the Benevolent Dictator consolidates all the 2018 'retrospectives'. Okay, first, I know it's fashionable to bash the 'Zon, I love you guys, but really, get over it. Bashing doesn't help. Amazon's primary concern is its customers, NOT its suppliers. Readers not...

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A Writers Plan – yes, you need a plan

A Writers Plan – yes, you need a plan

So, why do you need a plan? Once upon a time, the unspoken rule for submitting to a traditional publisher was that you should have at least three books completed, and that still holds true for any writer. Why? It shows you're a serious writerReaders like to see a...

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A ten hour marketing Primer – 2018 update

A ten hour marketing Primer – 2018 update

In 2011, when IAG was formed, one of the biggest questions everyone had was marketing. All of the questions focused around how to make the most of writing and marketing at the same time, and from that, a project called ‘the ten hour marketing plan’ was designed,...

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How and why to use Paper.li

How and why to use Paper.li

Paper.li and how to use it For those who aren't familiar with Paper.li it's essentially a 'newspaper' about whatever you want to share and it's easy to use. Simply go to the site and sign up. There are two versions - free and paid. (More on that later.)...

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TWIRL - our Resource library!

  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    Pen names are an effective way to separate out your different genres and your writings. It is also a good way to build up different fan bases for different genres of writing (but only if you need to separate them). You can publish under any name you wish, within reason, but for tax purposes, your […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    Kindle Unlimited, if you are a reader or writer is a scheme that has been designed to give another way to enjoy books as a reader, and as an author, another possible stream of income.If you’d like to sign up as a reader, it allows you access to the library on Amazon that has opted […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    The KENP is the pool available and the worth of each page read on any books registered AND read in the Kindle Unlimited pool of reads.Reads can make up a substantial amount of your income or it can be nothing. There are many ways to ensure that your book is read under the scheme, but […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    An ASIN is an Amazon Standard Identification Number and in many cases, it’s what most people use to publish their books, rather than an ISBN, as it’s free. The ASIN is the main way Ebooks are catalogued on Amazon. A book can have both an ASIN and an ISBN.
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    An ISBN is a unique identifier attached to your books, which you purchase from Bowker. This unique identifier is most often seen on print books and is how your barcode is formed, though it also allows listing, purchase in shops and more. Almost every country (bar, at the time of writing this, Canada) requires you […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    DRM or Digital Rights Management is an item that many platforms might offer to ‘protect’ your eBooks. In reality, DRM often only frustrates readers, and is easy to break by pirates. DRM is not recommended as it’s not a good solution to protecting your books (there is currently no way to prevent piracy in any […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    KDP Select is Amazon’s exclusive publishing platform. In exchange for making your book exclusively available to only Amazon in Ebook format, you get the right to promote and use other exclusive tools – it is the only way to access the 5 free days promotion, countdown deals and make it available in Kindle Unlimited, which […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    CreateSpace has been discontinued and rolled into the same dashboard as your ebooks, and is now called KDP Print.CreateSpace used to distribute Amazon-printed books, so that’s now been integrated into the same board as Kindle Direct Publishing, which you can access at KDP Print.
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    Amazon’s X-Ray uses the power of the net, and crowdsources (usually from Wikipedia or you can write your own custom descriptions) the answers to terms and difficult points in your book.  X-Ray can be found in the KDP dashboard, and is in the menu to publish your books (usually in the dropdown beside your book […]
  • by D Kai Wilson-Viola
    One of the last prep things that most people ask to do is how they should remove two spaces and have only one between sentences.  While people will sometimes say it doesn’t matter, if you want to, in Word, you use Ctrl+h (find and replace), Pages is easy to find it in a menu, same with […]

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