Alex Chosen to Feature on Only 5 Star Review Books!

I’m delighted to announce that my debut mystery thriller novel, Alex, has been chosen to feature on Only 5 Star Review Books!

Since Alex has now received over 85 5 STAR reviews across Amazon UK and Amazon US, it has met the necessary criteria to appear on the website – exciting stuff! Continue reading

How Online Publishing Authors Can Get the Most Out of Facebook

There are many ways for online publishing authors to engage readers and build a following through a Facebook Author Page

There are many ways for online publishing authors to engage readers and build a following through a Facebook Author Page

Facebook is another great way to market yourself and your book by building upon your fan base. You can find out why here.

If you don’t already have a Facebook account, it can be set easily and quickly. But before you can set up a fan page (your Author Page), you must firstly have a personal one. Facebook has a how-to section which can guide you through setting up your online publishing Author Page.

So what makes a fab Facebook presence and how do you get the most out of it?

Well, it sounds like a total given, but it all comes down to some good old simple, snappy content, and an attractive appearance. There’s also some very simple ways to create extra ‘buzz’ – more on that later. So let’s examine what can go into your page.

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Why Kindle Publishing Authors Need to Promote on Facebook

The whole world seems to be on Facebook. This means millions, if not billions of people are interacting with each other as you read this.

Facebook can be a fun Kindle publishing buzz-builder – it’s also free and quick to setup an Author Page

Facebook can be a fun Kindle publishing buzz-builder – it’s also free and quick to setup an Author Page

Facebook is big business, and so naturally it’s not just for chatting. It’s for companies, however big or small, to promote themselves via. Facebook is an enormous hub of news and updates, and a ton of authors have now landed on this free promotional platform – especially the Kindle publishing kind.

If you’re a Facebook detractor and are dreading getting started with this, I feel for you. No, really I do. I used to be in the same boat. (If next door’s dog needed de-worming, I’d sooner do it in place of updating my Facebook author page). I just didn’t understand the draw of the channel at the time.

But when I relaxed a little and stopped worrying so much about ‘what’ I was posting, things got a lot more fun and interesting, and now I enjoy managing my Kindle publishing page. Continue reading

FREE KINDLE BOOKS PROMOTION FOR ALEX: Free Till 26th November!

In less than a month’s time, starting from the 22nd November, my debut psychological thriller, Alex, will be COMPLETELY FREE! Don’t hang around as this will be one of the last Free Kindle Books promotion I will be running for this title.

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Why You Need to Be a Goodreads Ebook Publishing Author

Goodreads is very simple. In a nutshell, it’s a massive community of readers. And your job as an ebook publishing author is to help them find your novel. I’m not sure of Goodreads’ member count, but it must be in the millions by now. It’s worth your time, in other words, and should be added to your marketing strategy alongside a Blog, Website, Facebook and Twitter.

By becoming a Goodreads Ebook Publishing Author, you can place yourself in a pool of potential readers

By becoming a Goodreads Ebook Publishing Author, you can place yourself in a pool of potential readers

You can think of Goodreads as being like Amazon – but without the selling of books. This place is filled with more than just millions of reviews, it’s also full of group discussions.

It’s ‘Book Lover Central’, and everyone is looking for the next great read to get stuck into, which they can find by looking through their member friends’ current bookshelves, reading lists, reviews, favourite book quotes and authors, and a whole lot more.

For an ebook publishing author on Goodreads, this place is a promotional heaven. You can discuss your work with readers, notify them of free book giveaways and Q&As, and while this is happening, you can find out what they’re looking for in your genre.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Author Blog When Self-Publishing

Every self-publishing author can benefit greatly from having their own engaging blog

Every self-publishing author can benefit greatly from having their own engaging blog

A blog is an essential part of your website. Unlike when you post content on your website, blogs can have a much more engaging and navigational feel, and since they’re designed to please the eye with a clean, organised layout, you don’t have to worry about tidying it up like your website.

Most blogging platforms such as Tumblr (note: this is more of a photo-based platform and not so good for text-based blogging), WordPress and Blogger, do so for free, too – so there’s no reason to not have one.

Blogging is a great way to keep your readers up to speed with your work and self-publishing journey, and platforms offered by WordPress are great as they Continue reading

Why You Need an Author Blog When Online Publishing

Websites & blogs belong together – an up to date, vibrant blog can do wonders for your online publishing presence

Websites & blogs belong together – an up to date, vibrant blog can do wonders for your online publishing presence

A blog is an essential aspect of your website – some might even say it’s more important than the website itself. Readers like to browse an author’s blog for exciting and interesting news, and if it’s kept up to date, they will want to come back. This can create a band of regular, loyal readers, which is fantastic for driving forward your online publishing sales.

So what makes an article interesting?

Well, just imagine all the things you want to know about your favourite author. You might want to know about their craft, writing process, where they get their ideas, etcetera. You might also like to know about competitions, free promotions and upcoming novels.

On my blog I recently posted ten of the most common questions I receive about my own mystery thriller debut, Alex. I also posted some Reading Continue reading

How to Get the Most Out of Self-Publishing With Your Author Website

If you don’t yet have an author website and are wondering what kind of content, be it text or images, will be best to help promote your work when visitors stop by, then this self-publishing article is for you.

Your website’s content, layout & visuals say a lot about a self-publishing author – so it’s a good idea to optimize yours

Your website’s content, layout & visuals say a lot about a self-publishing author – so it’s a good idea to optimize yours

I’ll begin by saying that I’m no design expert or computer wiz – the content and layout advice I will be dispersing is purely based on my own trial and error experiences, and more importantly what I have found to be popular (based on visitor feedback).

So what about the website itself? If you’re not fluent in html (computer code) and are a bit reluctant to try your hand at designing a website from scratch, how do you get started?

Well, there’s always the option to pay somebody to do it for you. There are plenty of good designers out there on the web. My website was created for me since I had no experience in this area – but in the not too distant future I’m planning to create my own with the help of a company called WordPress to make my self-publishing journey a bit simpler. Continue reading