Interview with Author Jonathan Clark

Today’s blog post is a question and answer session with author Jonathan Clark, a writer from the UK who describes himself as, “a tutor and writer.” and “a Beatles and Shakespeare obsessive”. Clark says, “I believe in the potential of children to become whatever they want and the power of a good educator to help [...]

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Self-Publishing Children’s Books on Kindle - Ebooks in 2013

So a year ago I did not have any children’s books on Kindle. Today, I have four shown here (hopefully):
Amazon.com Widgets
My most recent title Mattie Monster is NOT Tired is a slightly different approach for me.
You see normally I write the story I want to tell, then get feedback from others and [...]

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How Can Amazon Stop (or Greatly Reduce) Paid Book Reviews?

While a few people, primarily Joe Konrath, think authors buying fake book reviews on Amazon is not a big deal, most of us would rather it stop.
I was going to outline the evils of paid Amazon reviews, how they reward people who lie, but let’s cut to the chase:
How [...]

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Day 25: Publishing a Kindle ebook

So I got back the epub draft from Bookbaby, which had one small error that I sent back to correct. Meanwhile realizing how close to publication date we are, has sent me into a flurry of activity on writing guest blog posts and looking for potential reviewers.
Someone on AbsoluteWrite.com forums referenced this [...]

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Day 17: Publishing a Kindle Ebook

So yesterday I finished the revisions my copyeditor suggested and submitted my ebook “manuscript” to Bookbaby. I should receive a notice in the next couple weeks when the epub is ready for review. So in the meantime I need to:
- finish my blog setup
- write some blog posts
- decide what contact information I [...]

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Day 12: Publishing a Kindle ebook

Since I started my “Publishing a Kindle ebook” series on day 1 of the year, it makes it easy to figure out what day this is.
So what have I done in the last 9 days.
I hired the ebook cover creator and chose which image she created that I liked best.
I finished writing and [...]

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Day 3: Publishing a Kindle ebook

So today I worked with the Kindle ebook cover designer, reviewing a possible photo to use, text and the look I am hoping to achieve. I also followed up on some advice a friend gave that Smashwords.com also offers a single interface to publish to multiple digital publishers. It does not charge an [...]

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Day 2: Publishing a Kindle book

Okay, so today I got an answer back on the couple of Kindle book cover designers and what they would charge. The answer was that if I had a photo or clear idea of what I wanted it might be as low as $50 - $150, but that if I wanted to see lots [...]

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Day 1: Publishing a Kindle book

So today I found a couple ebook cover designers and emailed them to ask what they charge to create a Kindle book cover.  I know someone who got a Kindle cover created on Fiverr.com.  They were thrilled with it, but I kind of thought it looked only about as good as you could expect for [...]

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Self-Published Children’s Books That Made It Big — Alex’s Lemonade Stand

On a private writing forum, I was appending to a thread about self-published children’s titles that have made it big. I had heard this question before, “What self-published children’s books have done really well?” and thought that I would occasionally write a blog post on a successful book or books that were self-published. [...]

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Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: Disappointments and Encouragement

Yesterday’s mail brought disappointment in one envelope and a postcard of encouragement.
The disappointment was a nice letter from Writer’s Digest telling me that they appreciated me entering Poster Girl in their 16th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards, but that not everyone could be a winner and I wasn’t and gosh here was a nice certificate [...]

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Myths and Misunderstandings About Self-Publishing

The following assertions/observations were recently stated on Yahoo Answers by a ‘Top Contributor’. They wrote:
with Self publishing:
– you pay them
– no quality control (no editing, poor printing in many cases)
– you have to market the book
– real stores and libraries do not want them (being ‘available for order’ is not the same as being on [...]

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