February 19th, 2013
Posted by Claire in News, Self-publishing, Success stories
Congratulations to Colleen Hoover, who is one of the featured authors in our book “Interviews with Indie Authors“! Yesterday Colleen was also featured on the KDP publishers newsletter which is emailed out to all of the authors who have self-published with Amazon on the Kindle!
Colleen began her self publishing in January 2012 (right around the same time that we started publishing our first books), and things very quickly grew and grew from there. It wasn’t long until her books were #1 bestsellers on the Kindle book store. We’re so proud of her, and having read her books we can also say that they are an excellent read!
Well done Colleen, and thank you once again for your amazing interview which is in Interviews with Indie Authors!
November 2nd, 2012
Posted by Claire in News
Hawa, the nursery teacher we sponsor
As you may know, Tim and I decided to give 50% of the royalties earned from Interviews with Indie Authors to charity, to be split between two charities: ROPE and Goal for the Gambia – see the Charity page for more details.
We also joined author J. Thorn’s Indie 5 Facebook group, pledging to give 5% of the royalties earned from all our books to worthy causes so we decided to sponsor a child and a nursery teacher in the Gambia. Sponsoring a nursery teacher allows us to help lots of children all at the same time.
If you have purchased any of my books, including Interviews with Indie Authors, then you have helped support Hawa Colley, a nursery teacher at Kuloro Nursery in the Gambia. Hawa is in the second year of a three year course studying Early Childhood Development and has taught at the nursery for eight years. She has not received a regular salary payment for the past five years, so our sponsorship will help her enormously and she is very grateful. I hope that other authors will consider pledging 5% of their royalties to help those less fortunate.
November 1st, 2012
Posted by Claire in Events, Hints and tips, News, Writing
Huge apologies for not blogging recently, I’ve spent the past month going through edits for my upcoming book and I also started a creative writing course – yes, I like having too much to do!
Today is the start of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Writers who join NaNoWriMo (it’s free to join) pledge to write 50,000 words between 1st November and 30th November, so it’s a great way to motivate yourself and get writing. The NaNoWriMo website explains:
“Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”
Editing will come later, the aim is to just write and 50,000 words in 30 days works out at about 1666 words a day, so is definitely do-able. Why don’t you try it? Simply sign up at www.nanowrimo.org/ and you’ll find all sorts of resources and advice to help you. I’m doing it.
P.S. You can also find lots of writing tips in this article from Galleycat – see 60 NaNoWriMo Writing Tips in a Single Post.
September 19th, 2012
Posted by Claire in News
According to a BBC News article, the Publishers Association has just announced a “huge increase” in ebook sales. Sales of physical books in the first half of 2012 dipped 0.4% compared to the same time in 2011, but digital fiction sales were up 188%.
But it’s not just digital general fiction which has seen this growth. Digital children’s books were up 171% and non-fiction was up 128% – brilliant news for ebook authors and publishers.
It will be interesting to see what happens this Christmas when readers get ereaders and tablets as presents. These devices are much cheaper now and the Kindle Fire has just launched for pre-ordering in Europe. Mr Jones, from The Bookseller, told the BBC “There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.”
September 7th, 2012
Posted by Claire in News
Amazon customers in Europe have today received emails alerting them to the fact that the Kindle Fire is available for pre-order and will be shipped at the end of October – great timing for Christmas.
This is brilliant news for authors, both traditional and self-published, whose books are available on Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Fire is a great price so may well tempt those who have been looking at the Apple iPad but are concerned about spending £300+. The Kindle Fire starts at £129 for the 7″ LCD 8GB version and the most expensive version is just £199 for the 7″ HD 32GB (with Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi).
I say “just” because I am comparing it to the iPad prices. I think the price, plus the Kindle’s reputation and Amazon’s marketing, will tempt many customers considering a tablet for Christmas, and these customers will probably want to download some e-books too – fingers crossed!