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Weekly Write-Up: 21st November 2018

by James Blatch
Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we’ll be collecting together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.

This week: Facebook ads go AWOL, KDP Reporting goes into beta and a top tip for those churning out bestsellers on their iPhones.

Facebook Ads Glitch

Clearly unhappy at leaving all the Autumnal glitches to Amazon, the Facebook Ads platform suffered a major wobble this week. At the time of writing it appears to be recovering although issues are still being reported.

We updated the Mastery group (our Ads for Authors students) that it was best to pause their ads until stability had returned before resuming.

As far as we can tell from contact with our FB reps, the issue is now fixed. Keep an eye on your ads, but they should be good to go.

Our advice is to relax in situations like this: glitches happen and they get resolved. And check into the Mastery community for regular updates.

KDP Reports Beta

Good news from Amazon: the all-new KDP reporting system is now available in beta. It promises to include new look line and bar charts, book comparison tables and daily sales.

Head to kdpreports.amazon.com to give it a try.

Do you write on your iPhone?

The very thought makes me shudder… I can barely construct a text message, but plenty of people do write on their phones and a simple keyboard tip is currently doing the rounds on social media. I was one of those people who was unaware of it and if you write a lot on the iPhone it could be a game-changer.

The tip is this: if you press and hold the space bar on the keyboard, you can move the cursor smoothly through the preceding text. This is a lot easier and speedier than backspacing through your work.

Hope that helps!

James Blatch

James Blatch

James Blatch is co-host of the Self Publishing Formula podcast. He is a former BBC Television News reporter and is currently writing his first novel, a military thriller set in 1960s Britain.