Author: rick

My guest this week is Cathy Wilson, the prolific Canadian self-published Author. Cathy’s one of the most active and vocal Indies. Here’s her outspoken and informative take on the business…

Hi Cathy! Tell us about you?

Hi! I’m Cathy Wilson, single mom of six, and passionate self-published author. I write all my books, blogging, and website material myself. Health and wellness is my focused area of expertise. Currently I’m building my gynormous Book Empire Mountain, using Amazon as my main launch pad for now. I’m the REAL deal!

I know you’re always pushing out something new, so what’s your latest book?


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So, it’s been another amazing year for Indies, and hopefully you all made some money with your books. Here are some of the things I hope will happen in the coming year…

1. Dear Amazon: Please hunt down and eliminate the Kindle Unlimited scammers who are pushing 25-page freelancer-written pamphlets masquerading as books and clogging up all the search categories. You invented KU: if you don’t curate it, you’re gonna see an exodus of serious authors next year.

2. Dear European Union: please re-think the latest e-book VAT abomination that is gonna squeeze indie authors by 17% next year. Either that, or make it parity with printed books so the Big 5 Publishers use their muscle to go to town on your ass.

3. Dear Adobe: Please get together with Microsoft and Apple and fix that PDF page-size glitch so I don’t have to run Parallel versions of Word on my Mac to generate print ready files for Createspace. Isn’t it about time you played nice? We pay enough for your products! more

This week I caught up with Brandt Legg, Best-Selling Thriller Author…

Hi Brandt. Now, you’re an interesting guy and I love your books. I’m guessing you have some history?
Thanks for having me, Rick. My first trilogy, the Inner Movement, is a fantasy thriller, my most recent series, the Cosega Sequence, is a techno thriller, and I’m currently writing a multi-book dystopian thriller . . . I’m a thriller writer. Prior to that, I made and lost millions as a teen, and did time in prison. I like to think the mistakes I’ve made were all to get material for my novels.

I’m half way through the Cosega Sequence right now. For those that are finding you for the first time, what’s it all about?

 

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This week I’ve been talking to Mark Watson, author of this year’s Must-Have Christmas Children’s Book Milo & Ze…

Mark, in March of this year, nobody had heard of you. Now it’s impossible not to hear about you in the Self-Publishing world. How did you do it?
Hard work is the real key. When Pablo and I finished “The Shark in the Park” we knew we had something original and special. We both thought that was enough to sell books but the reality turned out to be different. The harder you advertise and market your book the more sales you get. It’s a steep learning curve and to ride that rollercoaster you have to buy a ticket, there are no shortcuts. We actually finished the book in October 2013, but we realized we hadn’t paid enough attention to how the book would actually work on different page and screen sizes.  more

  • Quality Matters: Whatever you write, and whoever you’re writing for, it’s important that you never publish anything that attracts criticism on grounds of quality. Edit, edit, then edit again. If you don’t, you will get hammered in the Reviews.
  • Value: You’ll often hear from writing gurus that “less is more” in non-fiction. This may work for some people, but it doesn’t work for most. Potential buyers can see the number of pages on your Amazon Sales Page, and frankly anything under 100 pages is short-changing the customer unless you’re permanently at $0.99, and permanently broke!

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With Adwords burning cash faster than a crack habit, and Facebook promising far more than it ever delivers, smart freelancers are increasingly turning to Amazon as a relatively untapped source of qualified business web traffic.

This summer I’ve been working with a group of Public Speakers, all of who have a story to tell, and all of who have clearly understood the impact on their business of ‘having a book’. Publishing a book on your specialist subject elevates your credibility more

This week I’ve been talking to Lilo Abernathy, who’s had tremendous success with her debut Paranormal Detective thriller The Light Who Shines. Here’s what she had to say…

Hi Lilo, please introduce yourself.

Greetings from the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina! Thank you for inviting me Rick. My name is Lilo Abernathy and I’m a newish author in the Speculative Fiction arena. During the day I masquerade as a Mergers and Acquisitions consultant, but at night I’m all about magic, evil-doers, heroes, and heroines.

Tell us about The Light Who Shines www.amzn.to/13sNH5v

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