Time To Kill A Book

Time To Kill A Book

I have to kill a book. It’s a dog. It’s not easy to come to the conclusion that a book you have painstakingly written is a failure, but sometimes you have to take it on the chin, let it go and decide to kill a book. I made this decision after watching one particular book of mine fail at every turn. No amount of free ebook giveaways or promotion helped the poor darling, so I made the decision to unpublish it, and file it away under experience. By some weird coincidence, though, when I finally got up the courage to hit the kill buttons, both Amazon’s KDP and Createspace sites were down! They

Your First Book

Your First Book

Tips for writing your first book One important decision to make before writing your first book, or second or third for that matter, is to decide if it will be written in the first person or third person. I was typical of most when I wrote my first book. It was about me, so naturally, it was written in the first person which naturally meant I, me and myself came grammatically first. I did this, I did that, he told me, I was there, for example. It was only after reading a number of debut books that I realised how common it is to write about your own experiences in

Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

It all started so well. I started reading a novel recently that I picked by chance, and I have to say that I was left with feeling that a potentially terrific story had been wasted. The first chapter was quite well written with a tempting plot setting and this was what hooked me into selecting this book after reading the preview. After buying the book, and then reading further, I was impressed that the book had obviously been thorough, if not meticulously proofread. For the first twenty pages or so, I thought it was going to be a good example of a well-written self-published novel. Unfortunately though, after these first

I Wrote A Book – But It Won’t Sell

I Wrote A Book – But It Won’t Sell

Selling a book isn’t easy Writing a book takes a long time, and for those authors new to self-publishing, the next step can be daunting – trying to attract readers willing to pay good money to buy your book. But first, they have to find your book. One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by newly self-published authors is, ‘why isn’t my book selling?’ While there are a thousand reasons why a book doesn’t sell well, there is one fact that many newly self-published authors often fail to realise. The book market and the ebook market, in particular, is well and truly over-populated.  These numbers tell the story. 300,000 books

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