Pen names – Do you need one?

By FebruaryFalls on August 11th 2014

I feel its a personal decision. You may consider getting a pen name for professional and personal reasons i.e. if your a lawyer or teacher, because people often sue, and this includes friends and family. Indie writers don’t need pen names.

Writers who need to keep their true identity from being disclosed need to hire a lawyer to draw up documents, so that they can approach traditional publishers. The lawyer should not reveal this information.

Make sure you Google the name you want to use to make sure that no one else has it. It also wouldn’t hurt to look on Amazon.

I would like to hear from you….

Do you feel the need to use a pen name? How do you feel about pen names?

Please leave a comment in the box below.

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Indie Authors Rights and how you can exploit them

By FebruaryFalls on June 12, 2014

There are MANY articles on rights of authors in traditional publishing. The Indie Author can now ALSO exploit rights:-

Short Story Rights

These rights can go to a magazine.

Audio rights

This is “what’s happening” now and it’s starting to become accessible to authors. The rights last 70 years after the death of the creator.

Foreign language rights

You can sell your foreign rights. I would like to get my Novellas translated, its just the matter of targetting the right country. Germany is HOT right now. You can also work with translators.

WHEN TO USE AN AGENT

It has to be worth their time for many agents to work on the above rights. Keep in mind that you can still get deals without an agent.

The publishing industry has changed. Indie Authors – exploit your rights!!!

I would like to hear from you….

Do you feel you have the ability to sell your rights on your own? If not, please explain why?

Please leave a comment in the box below.

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Sites that market your book direct to Kindle readers

By FebruaryFalls on February 20th 2014

If you publish on Amazon, you can pay the following sites to market your book direct to Kindle readers – these are just a few sites.

• Kindle Nation Daily
• AskDavid.com
• BookBub
• Pixel of Ink

I only have a small budget set aside for promotion, so I’m going to initially use AskDavid.com. I’ll make a blog when I see the results of the promotion. I believe I mentioned in previous posts that once you publish your second book, Amazon algorithms does much of the promotion for you. The more books you have available, the more virtual shelf space you have, the easier it is for people to discover you.

You can also choose to sell your books for free, but there are pros and cons for doing so. On one hand your rankings improve and on the other, it’s not guaranteed that they will actually even read your book and perhaps leave a review.

What makes sense for you i.e Pay someone to promote your book or focus on getting the work out there? Please leave a comment below.

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http://amzn.com/B00FYZ66IG – US STORE
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FYZ66IG – UK STORE