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Weekly Write-Up: 1st July 2020


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 British Book Award nominates an indie author, and Ads Automation for Authors is available to watch now.

The First Indie to be Nominated for a British Book Award

…as far as we’re aware!

The British Book Awards had their winning ceremony on Monday, and LJ Ross is one of the shortlisted authors, making her one of the first indie authors – perhaps the first – to get nominated (and perhaps even win!). This is quite the achievement in itself – many book prizes (I’m looking at you, Man Booker) only consider a book eligible if it’s been published by a trad publisher… and they add stipulations that ensure that releasing a book under one’s own imprint doesn’t count.

You can read more about LJ Ross (and find a link to the British Book Awards) here.

Ads Automation for Authors

We’ve just added a new course to Ads for Authors – the catchily titled Ads Automation for Authors! Everyone who’s signed up for Ads for Authors should now have access, from those who just registered to those who joined the course right at the start.

It’s done by one of the team at Prestozon, and it’s a great way of automating your Amazon Ad keyword bids (because not everyone finds monitoring and adjusting bids fun, apparently). Even if you’re not interested in using Prestozon, it offers some great insight into the Amazon Ads platform.

You can find it along with the rest of your courses here.

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford is a professional copywriter, author of numerous dark fantasy and sci-fi novels, and the Head of Content at the Self Publishing Formula Blog. His books include the Blackwater trilogy and the Checking Out series.

He lives in London with his wife, in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Find out more about Tom here.