Ranh by Ian Miller

The Cultured Dinosaur by  Ian J Miller

The Cultured Dinosaur While writing a series of novels, I have devoted quite some effort to having different forms of governance in the background, so a secondary purpose has been to explore the various failings of them. My latest effort is Ranh, and the form of governance is a theocracy. It is intended as a […]

Murder in Brambly Cott by P. Rose

Blog Post by P.Rose

Felicity Fleetwood – Murder in Brambly Cott by P.Rose – diary entry Dear Diary I have just come back from Brambly Cott – such a quaint serene little village in the Cotswolds, and surprise, surprise, I have bought a house.  Actually, it’s a Manse, one of those glorious Edwardian homes they used to house Vicars […]

Scaling the Dragon Back

Karen Patrick’s Experience of being a e-book author

Karen Patrick author of Scaling The Dragon’s Back Congratulations You Are Now A Published Author… Taking a call from my e-book publisher back in December 2013 which informed me I was ‘published’ made me feel an enormous sense of achievement I had fulfilled a lifelong ambition of writing a book and having it published. Just […]

Authors Before Self Publishing Check These Points

Amazon has thousands of books online that never have a sale, WHY? Today let’s look at what the reader looks for on  Amazon when searching for a book. 1)      Favorite author 2)      Book cover 3)      Title 4)      Book description 5)      Reviews All these are things people look for and it tells us that all bases need to be covered if we want to maximize  sales potential. Let’s break it down. Cover. This needs to tell a story, your story, and it should be as professional  as your finances allow so think carefully what you want the cover to say – the clearer the message the more chances the book has of selling. Title. This should intrigue the reader, give them an indication of what they are going to be reading about. With a self-help book, ‘How to’ is an easy example of the title saying what it’s all about. With  fiction the title should also indicate something about what’s going to be inside. Sub titles can further guide the reader’s understanding of the type of book it is going to be. Description. Here,  too many authors fail to give the time and thought it deserves. How else is the reader going to know if the book is what they want to read if the description is half-treated and overly brief? Treat  the description with as much effort and time as you would when redrafting your book – it’s that important. It is said that Jeffery Archer redrafts his books up to seventeen times before sending the manuscript off to his editor – and that should be how important authors treat a book description. Reviews. Yes, it’s the bane of a new Indie author’s  life. Just how many are needed? How are they obtained? What if they are all one and two stars? Receiving one and two stars with negative wording can be devastating and can indicate one of four things. 1. The reviewer is a negative thinker who gets their kicks out of knocking people. 2. The book title, cover, or description misled the reader into buying the wrong book for them and they vented their frustration. 3. The book is badly written, or badly edited with lots of grammatical errors. There are many readers (and rightly so) who find this insulting and this lack of care by the author will not gain the book a good review. 4. Lastly, you simply cannot always please everybody, so try not to let it get to you. […]