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Weekly Write-Up: 9th October 2019

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.

The Kindle Storyteller Shortlist Is In

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.

Amazon Ads… in the UK and Germany!

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).

The SPF 101 Course is Open for Enrolment

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:

And you can enrol here:

Be quick though – it’s only open for three weeks and then it’ll be closed again until next year.

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.