Horror is scary. Can children handle it?
The new opportunities an indie boost brings, the lies budding writers tell themselves, and the 29 best SP podcast episodes of all time (apparently).
Everybody feels self-doubt at some point or another. Just keep going.
Entrepreneur runs a how-to piece on self-publishing, LJ Ross sets up a publishing imprint, and Margaret Atwood passingly mentions self-publishing.
Websites don’t have to be tough. Here’s how to keep them simple.
How to make a living from your writing, ghostwriting is on the rise, and a list of new SP books.
Whether you’re writing about something sensitive or jumping across genres – here’s why you might want a pen name.
Two literary prizes are awarded – the Kindle Storyteller award, and the Man Booker Prize.
Kobo Writing Life now accepts self-published audiobooks, and how to make the most of your Kindle keywords.
Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.
This week: the Kindle Storyteller shortlist is revealed, the KDP dashboard allows for ads in UK and Germany, and the 101 course is open for enrolment.
And the lucky titles/ authors are…
The Bookshop of Hopes and Dreams, by Hannah Ellis
I Have Sinned, by Caimh McDonnell
The Army of Wolves, by Claire Moore
Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel, by Emily Organ
The Picture on the Fridge, by Ian W Sainsbury
These five authors are all in with a chance to win £20,000 and a marketing campaign for their book, plus the finalists from all six international Kindle competitions will be considered for a rights option with Amazon and the chance for their book to be turned into a Prime video production.
In case you haven’t noticed yet, authors are now able to advertise their books in both the UK and German markets via the KDP dashboard. This is in addition to the US, which has been readily available via the Promote & Advertise button for a while.
From what I can see, it’s only the Sponsored Ads which are available in the two new territories, and the ads run without copy (which if anything makes them even easier to put out).
That’s right – for the second (and last) time this year, the 101 course is open for new students to enrol. If you’re looking for a way to establish your indie author platform and supercharge your writing career, then 101 is the course for you.
You can check out some of our successful alumni here: https://selfpublishingformula.com/socialproof-101
And you can enrol here: selfpublishingformula.com/101
Be quick though – it’s only open for three weeks and then it’ll be closed again until next year.
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The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize is revealed, Bruce Campbell chooses to self-publish, and the Florida SPF drinks date is confirmed.
The Metro has an interesting interview with LJ Ross, and Amazon India announce the third year of their Pen to Publish contest.