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Charmaine Clancy
Works at Hot Doggy Digital Press
Attended University of Canberra
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I'm surprised the presenter has not heard of the guest. Very popular author.
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Dognapped? Still in the top 100 for kids detective stories. On sale, only 99c - for a short time only!
http://www.amazon.com/Dognapped-Show-Detective-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B00CRF1BAE/
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Looking for writing workshops in Queensland? Try Gondor Writers' Centre near Kilcoy. Great workshops planned for the year!
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Escape and write in a new environment. Benefits of writing retreats...
You've got a manuscript to finish, obligations and a million 'to-dos' on your list, so why would you drop everything to attend writing retreats? Benefits of Writing Retreats Inspiration - creativit...
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This month, one of my favorite mystery writers, Elizabeth Spann Craig, shared her checklist of things to do when she publishes a book: Release Activities for the Reluctant Promoter.

[Note: This post contains many links, to take advantage of them, click through and read this article on my blog.]

I was SO happy to read Elizabeth's post; I did the Scooby dance. I love checklists, I'm always forgetting something, and it never occurred to me to print out a publishing checklist and tack it to the back of my office door.

So, without further ado, here's Elizabeth's checklist for self published books. By the way, for your traditionally published authors, do head over to Elizabeth's blog, she has a checklist for you as well.

Elizabeth Craig's Indie Publishing Checklist

Publishing

1. Upload your book to the online retail stores of your choice. For me, that means: Smashwords, Kobo and Kindle. Elizabeth Craig puts her book in Nook as well, but I let Smashwords take care of that for me.

2. Create a POD version of your book. Two great services for this are CreateSpace and Lightning Source.

3. I check Smashwords to make sure there were no issues with the upload and the meatgrinder didn't choke on my manuscript. I keep checking back until I see my book made it into their Premium Catalog.

4. Elizabeth Craig creates an audiobook version using Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

Marketing

1. Update website.

Put a thumbnail of your cover up and link it to a book page on your website with a larger image and an excerpt from the book as well as links to everywhere folks can purchase a copy. If you get a great review, don't be shy about putting that up as well!

2. Update your social networks.

- Blog about your new release. This is one of the main reasons authors need to have blogs! It's a great way to let your readers know you've written another book.

- Tweet about it. Tweet your blog post and let all your Twitter followers know you've released a wonderful new book.

- Facebook. Elizabeth Craig posts a publication announcement on Facebook.

3. Amazon Author page. Don't forget to add your new publication to your list of books.

4. Goodreads. The wonderful folks at Goodreads will want to know about your latest book. (By the way, if you don't have an author account on Goodreads drop by their Author Program page and get one.)

5. LinkedIn. I don't use linked in, but if you do it's a good idea to update it.

6. Update bios. I haven't done this lately and probably should. Remember to keep your bios up to date, including the photo!

7. Tell your newsletter subscribers about your new book. Perhaps tell them a bit beforehand and offer them a promo code to either get free copies, sale copies or something cool like a mug or t-shirt.

Promotions

1. Goodreads Giveaway. Elizabeth Craig writes, "Once I’ve got CreateSpace live, [I] order copies for a Goodreads giveaway." This probably deserves another blog post and, of course, a link on your website.

2. I've mentioned this, above, but you could let your newsletter subscribers know in advance about your book coming out and perhaps have some sort of a giveaway.

3. Many authors find blog tours productive. If you don't have time for a blog tour, you can always write a few guest posts.

4. Some authors use Amazon's Select program to promote their books. I've written about that here and here.

As Elizabeth Craig says, the number one thing you need to do when releasing a book is keep writing!

Best of luck, may all your book releases be smooth. Cheers!
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How to choose your vocabulary for young readers. Free download.
I was invited to the Queensland branch of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) to present on how to choose vocabulary when writing for children and teens. I thought I'd lis...
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A very special skill. Where were you when my son's favorite book series was "Captain Underpants". Great article, important links. 
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FREE today! Download UNDEAD KEV and invisible stealth-monkeys will come and do your laundry ... or pee in it, it's really, really hard to train these things right.
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February, the month of showing love, so how can we support indie authors we love? Writing is fun. I won't lie. Any task requiring imagination also involves 'play'. But producing a finished manuscri...
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I am all for this!!!!!!
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Finding time to write is precious, so when we do finally get those fragments of time, we want to make sure we get straight into the writing zen, and don't allow our minds to become cluttered with o...
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My Zombie Dog is #5 in kids dog books!
My most popular book.
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All Right! +Charmaine Clancy  Hope is makes #1!!!!!
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Fantastic new way to help you reach your goals AND help a charity too!
Procrastination vs Successful Writing Goals Writing can be a rocky journey. You can be full of hope and ideas in the morning, but by the afternoon have somehow convinced yourself that you’re a wort...
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Wiki Commons and Gutenberg Press are 2 things I take full advantage of. Maybe I'll send some cash their way. Good plan +Charmaine Clancy 
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Tips for presenting workshops
I love presenting workshops. It's busy, exhausting work, but also strangely energising. There's something so invigorating about helping other writers work towards accomplishing their goals. I think...
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Australian author, blogger & writing workshop presenter
Introduction

Brisbane author Charmaine Clancy loves to create characters for mystery, fantasy and adventure. All her stories are fictional, except maybe MY ZOMBIE DOG (some say to this day you can hear her dog softly moan the plea 'braaaains').

Bragging rights
Charmaine Clancy runs kids writing workshops.
Education
  • University of Canberra
    Grad Dip Ed, 2009 - 2010
  • UCQ
    Bachelor Arts - Professional and Creative Writing
  • UNSW
    BA
  • La Trobe
    BA
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