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Tips for Self-Publishing

Posted by on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

I loved the original title of my blog … Books, Marketing & Self-Promotion (which was moved to this location in Nov. 2011). I wanted to continue to use it here but it was simply too long. So, henceforth, this will be know as “Tips for Self-Publishing.” I’ve moved many of my original blog pages here […]

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Selling your Books to Schools and Libraries – Part 2

Posted by on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 in Libraries, Schools, Self-Publishing

Using Skype to sell more Books Still another great MARKETING TIP … this one from Barbara Terchel, author of Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Author Appearances (see my last post Part 1). It appears that I have been so busy on whatever I am busy with that I have missed some […]

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Selling your book to Schools and Libraries – Part 1

Posted by on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 in Libraries, Marketing, Self-Publishing

Barbara Techel and Nancy Humphries have written two very useful books on this subject. Class Act: Sell More Books Through School and Library Appearances (117 pgs.) by Barbara Techel Marketing Your Book to Libraries, An Insiders Guide for Authors  (153 pgs.) by Nancy Humphries I loved this quote so I borrowed it from her website. […]

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Part 3: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Yes, we made mistakes … I have only just begun this new blog format on my own website which has been around for many years. I seem to feel a need to share with you my 13+ years worth of experiences, yes, including our mistakes! If this introduces more people to our books in the […]

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Part 2: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Publishing our first book, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence Our first book was ‘Lizzie‘ and the print run was 500 copies (Dec 1998). This was the recommended ‘test’ print run in those days (pre POD) and was the only printing we have ever had to borrow money for … and it was our own!!  “Part 1” explained […]

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Part 1: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Certainly they can and, my husband, J. Robert Whittle, who writes all these popular, bestselling and award-winning novels that I edit, publish, brag about, and in recently years co-author, is a perfect example.  Because we are a couple (yes, married too, although I kept my very historical Scottish surname), this means we are ‘self-published.’ What […]

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What is Historical Fiction?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

We are constantly amazed when people ask, “What is a historical novel? Is it non-fiction?” The easy/quick reply is: A novel is always fiction, but a historical novel always contains some component of history.” According to Wikipedia … “Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and […]

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Who says authors get rich?

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

(from Sept 4, 2005 but even more pertinent today) It’s been another good week at the Bastion Square Market in Downtown Victoria, BC Canada where my husband, J. Robert Whittle, sells his historical novels – 3 of them now bestsellers. Amazing because many of the American tourists have gone home and I can’t blame them […]

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Starting out … publishing is not complicated

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Updated November 28, 2013: I assume, as you are reading this because of the title, that you’re a writer, a wannabe or already a self-published author and you think I might have some valuable information you can use to help you produce and/or market your book(s). I suppose this is true because I have learned […]

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Marketing Tips for the Frugal Self-Publisher

Posted by on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

The role of a writer/author in this 21st century is one of hard work and fabulous rewards–not necessarily monetary rewards unless you are exceedingly fortunate, but your life will change as you attend meetings, readings, conferences etc., and meet hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who are in awe of you for even completing a book. […]

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