Articles about J. Robert Whittle books seen in New York media

Posted by on Friday, February 17th, 2017 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Reposted from 20111: Amazing news from a visitor to Victoria, BC today … she stopped to talk to Robert at his Bastion Square Market stand and said she had just moved here recently from New York (now that is an interesting move!). He started to tell her about the books and she said there was […]

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Enter Contests, it matters!

Posted by on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 in Our Books, Self-Publishing
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Find YOUR Niche Market – Part 1

Posted by on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

So much has happened since we began this amazing and wonderful journey of writing and publishing books. In 1998, when I published my husband’s first novel, I had no clue what publishing or marketing was all about and my self-confidence level was pretty low. All that changed pretty quickly as we found the best way […]

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Non-US Self-Publishers need to register

Posted by on Friday, September 27th, 2013 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

If you are a self-publisher using Amazon/Kindle or Smashwords and DON’T reside in the USA … LISTEN UP!! You must register with the US IRS to find out whether you will need to pay taxes on your book sales or if you are exempt. This is one of those annoying jobs that is very easy […]

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Be Precise, Say it Simply: Seven Ways to Avoid Overwriting

Posted by on Friday, October 12th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

This is the title of a blog entry on by Emily Craven. Emily is a witty, enthusiastic, and talented self-published author from Australia whom I adored the first time I heard her speak. Her talents include writing informative and humourous blogs and being the author of fantasy and YA fiction. Thanks Emily. Emily’s Blog […]

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Using Drop Caps in your ePub and Kindle eBooks

Posted by on Monday, May 14th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

I just discovered the Tips website of fellow member of LinkedIn and wanted to share … how to go that extra mile in formatting your book for ePub and Kindle. I have not tried this yet, but I’ve thought about it often and seen many old ebooks with this feature not working! I use MSWord […]

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How to format eBook Images in ePub

Posted by on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Ah, the joy of it! We were having endless problems formatting our kids chapter books into ePub format with Smashwords. Today it was solved thanks to the very detailed tips by Paul Salvette. We had gotten so frustrated we had given up, but today I did a search for the issue and found Paul’s website. […]

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Marketing Self-Published Novels

Posted by on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

This is a handout from a lecture I gave on March 10th, 2012, for 3Penny Publishing in Victoria, BC. Getting Down To Business for Writers Workshop Having your own business takes discipline, stamina, and a computer! For today’s purpose, I’m going to focus mainly on using the computer as the rest is pretty basic, easy […]

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Book Covers

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

There are many ways to find great images for book covers and I have used several methods for our 12 novels:   1. An actual human artist (Victoria Chronicles – 3 covers); and Lizzie Series – last 3 covers of series);  painted by Barbara Porter to my specs via email.       2. An […]

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Books, eBooks and Links

Posted by on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 in eBooks, Self-Publishing

Here are some interesting book links I found recently. I haven’t checked them out thoroughly so make up your own mind on their value! New York Times – Jacketcopy Blog It has an interesting survey of ebook readers and Kobo was ahead of Kindle. Way to go Canada! _______________________________ BookGlutton – share your opinions with […]

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