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Self-Publishing Central / Re: Uploading chapters to Creatspace.
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:08:13 PM »
An alternative to Hillwalker's solution is to use one of the templates available and copy & paste your text into that.
Also Amazon KDP now offer a paperback publishing facility which is very similar to CS. I would use this now in preference to CS.

Hi AJ - I don't think there are any rules about this, so you could give it a try. The other option is to write the story in the third person & drop this info in as backstory.

All the Write Questions / Re: Strength of a Blurb
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:25:44 PM »
Hi MJ - I think the word 'may' weakens the sentence a little & possibly takes away the punch.

'Your mind hates me but your body says otherwise' might be stronger.

I think non-fiction is much easier to market. It's easier to dream up appropriate keywords and contact blogs/sites that deal with that particular non-fiction niche.
Similarly there is a huge market for non-fiction magazine articles - far, far more of these are required than short stories for magazines.

Self-Publishing Central / Re: Hotel helping writers!
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:40:24 PM »
What a great idea, Geoff! Well done.

Self-Publishing Central / See what's being published by Indie authors
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:24:29 PM »
A group of Indie authors has got together to run a 99p/99c promotion across all genres/e-readers (including me and I think 2 others from this forum - perhaps they will reveal themselves!).
It offers a great opportunity for writers to sample, at a low price, what else is currently being published in their genre.

Details & link at

The Writers Circle / Re: The End
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:24:23 PM »
Well done! I think it's much easier to edit than fill a blank page!

Self-Publishing Central / Re: Blogs, good or indifferent
« on: August 12, 2017, 01:10:36 PM »
Thanks, Geoff. I've just taken a look at your site - it looks very professional. I find that a hard thing to do i.e. make myself look more than an amateur, but you've cracked it.

Self-Publishing Central / Re: Blogs, good or indifferent
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:20:34 AM »
I think blogs bring like-minded people together. My blog has been going several years now and I know many people 'virtually' after we connected through the comments they left.
Whether blogs sell books is another matter. I like to think people benefit from the information on various writing & reading topics on my blog. I benefit from the discipline of having to post something regularly and the interaction with other writers. No real financial benefit though, especially considering how many hours I must have spent writing posts over the years.

If you're interested:

The Writers Circle / Re: Facebook friends
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:11:16 AM »
Hi Natalie - Like Lin, I don't think a publisher will reject solely on the basis of no social media profile but most publishers will expect you to build a social media profile if they take you on.
The most important thing is to write brilliant book!

Main downside of KDP paperback is not being able to buy discounted author copies. But since the Brexit vote and consequent exchange rate shift this has become less cost effective in the UK (we have to buy in dollars & pay shipping from the US).

Self-Publishing Central / My First Box Set & My First KDP Paperback
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:32:44 AM »
I've just created my first e-book box set and I've also made it available in paperback, my first go with the KDP Paperback function.
I've started a series of 3 blogs about the process at

Anybody else used KDP paperbacks or are you sticking with Createspace for the time being?

All the Write Questions / Re: 'Split' narration
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:58:40 AM »
I use split narration a lot. Sometimes I change viewpoint with in a chapter (but never within a scene, one scene = one viewpoint) and I make it obvious the viewpoint has changed by using 3 asterisks '***'.
I've read books that use a first and third person viewpoint and have enjoyed them - so I think this may be down to personal preference.

Self-Publishing Central / Re: Very First Publish Made Today
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:38:56 AM »
Good Luck DRP22 - I just wish I didn't have such a large TBR pile!
By the way, you might want to take a look at to create Amazon links that work across the globe to link readers to your book in their 'local' Amazon store.

Self-Publishing Central / PLR to be payable on ebooks in UK
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:35:57 AM »
This may be of interest to those of you in the UK with ebooks in public libraries - or maybe an encouragement to get your books into libraries? It's open to debate depending on whether you're a KDP Select lover:

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