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I've always been fascinated by shamanism, which is probably why it wove its way into Echoes of the Past almost without my realising. As a teenager I would meditate for hours, searching for my spiri...
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I'm contemplating doing a short print run of hardback editions of my next book, in order to give some away as perks in a crowdfunder campaign. Has anyone used Print on Demand Worldwide . com? I thought I might also make a move towards being able to sell my books directly via my website, as well as through Amazon, B&N etc. PoDW offer this too. Anyone have any experiences to share? Thanks in advance.
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My second book, Ghosts of Winter was the first one I used CreateSpace for and it went totally smoothly and looks great. I had my first booked Seeds of Autumn on Feed A Read, but found the lack of communication and inability to track my sales regularly a barrier, so I removed it and went to CreateSpace. But despite the book being exactly the same size as it had been on FaR, CreateSpace couldn't get the cover right. After half a dozen attempts, I took a step back. I'm going to come back to it when I have more time. The front image was stretched, the blurb on the back was cut off down one side etc. it just wouldn't work, and I have no idea why. The sizes were correct, the online preview was fine, but in print it simply wouldn't work. 
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Hi folks, I hope everyone is well. I'm planning to run a crowdfunder to pay for the cover design and editing of my third book and am looking at all my options. Has anyone else done this? What were your experiences? I'm leaning towards Pubslush atm, so if anyone has used them I'd love to hear from you.
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+Holly Lyne , glad you found it helpful! I made just over $4,000 which was enough to get me own my way combined with a variety of income sources. I was able to pay off my remaining expenses from sales. It worked out well for me in the end. Good luck! (Oh, P.S. Keep your video to a minute or less. The video is a great way to hone your elevator pitch. Short, simple, energetic. You can never go wrong w/ being authentic. I wrote a script for myself and timed it then honed it down to that minute marker. I think mine was actually 1:06.)
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Hi folks. A question for those of you who have published a print edition on Amazon. Is it common for Amazon to reduce your list price? And when they do, do you still get your full royalties? My book, Ghosts of Winter was recently published at £7.99, but is now listed for £6.76, which is about cost price. Any idea why Amazon have done this or how long the reduced price will last?
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I didn't know they did that, but pleased that everyone will still get full royalty 
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Calling British/European self-publishers. I published my first book through Feed A Read 11 months ago but wasn't happy with their communication so was going to use Amazon's CreateSpace for my upcoming book and link the print copy with the Kindle version. However, having almost completed the setup, I finally realised that print and distribution is handled only from the US, so shipping to Britain was going to be costly and take a very long time for my main audience. I know not everyone bothers with print, but I want to have this option. Those who do use a print on demand service, who do you use?
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+Holly Lyne Definitely not in that situation.
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Hi folks. Question about converting files to .mobi in order to send copies to reviewers. I published my book using KDP and I know it displays perfectly on Kindle devices, but when I converted my file to .mobi using a free website I opened it in the Book Bazzar app on my laptop and all formatting was gone. There were no page breaks between chapters, the title page was in the same size font as the rest, no first line indents etc. It looks awful. Is this how reviewers will see it if I send it to them? If so, what on earth do I do? Many thanks in advance.
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Thank you :)
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New blog post about coincidences and writing fantasy :) http://hblyne.com/2014/10/13/there-are-no-coincidences/
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Just because there is nothing quite like doing things backwards... Book 1, Seeds of Autumn now has a shiny landing page to match book 2! Please share widely so that more people can discover Echoes of the Past :) https://booklaunch.io/hblyne/autumn
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Hi folks, I have a little quandary and was hoping some fellow writers might be able to help. My series is written in traditional third person narrative, with some cinematic sections but mostly close/character third person.

My central protagonist is about to develop a totally subconscious habit, as a sign of mild mental illness. How could I go about describing it? Should I not mention it at all until the other characters notice it? Or give the reader hints? Or unashamedly describe it in full detail as it develops? What would you do?

Many thanks in advance.
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Great suggestions, thanks all :)
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Hi folks. So my new book is out there for all to read and I'm well into the marathon that is publicity! But feeling a bit lost tbh. What's the most cost effective and time efficient marketing you do? Press releases? Getting reviews? Paid advertising? All ideas welcome! Thanks in advance.
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Thanks Jamie x 
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Cover reveal time! This is the cover for my new book, Ghosts of Winter http://hblyne.com/2014/11/19/cover-reveal/ I'm really excited about this release now!
I am absolutely delighted to reveal the cover for Ghosts of Winter, designed by the wonderful Nathalia Suellen. The book will be going on sale on Kindle on Monday 24th November. Deep within the cit...
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It's the second in a series katrina, the first was called Seeds of Autumn. If you did read my first book, I hope you liked it and will be reading this one! ;)
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Hi folks, I hope it's ok to share my latest blog post about research and writing :) http://hblyne.com/2014/10/13/there-are-no-coincidences/
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Ok. Is it ok if I repost with what I intended?
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Politically motivated, ethically minded, spiritually heartened.
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Rocking the single mum of two thing, published first book with more on the way
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