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Sonnie's Diary

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Hello everyone, am happy to join the self publising community. I hope to learn a lot from everyone here. Thank you and all the best
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Welcome!

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Missy Cooper

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Hello. I am new here and this is the first community I have joined since I created this google+ profile. I am a passionate writer and found this Self Publishing community so I decided to join and wanted to introduce myself here. I am not a professional writer or anything of the sort but I am avid journal writer, I've been doing that my whole life. I hope to one day write and publish my own book so I am always looking for ways to improve my writing skills, that is how I happen upon this group.
Writing is my passion and would like to write my own autobiography, as my own book of memoirs. I'd like to put all my journals into book form and publish it someday in the future. I am still learning the process of how to be a successful published author and I thought by coming here could be the very best place to start.

I am still learning how to navigate my way through the google communities but I wanted to say hello and introduce myself. "Missy Cooper" is actually my pen name and not my real name, since I thought it would be best to give myself Missy instead of actually going by my actual name. Is that wise to do or would you suggest differently?

Thanks for allowing me to share thanks for taking the time to read my intro here too.


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christian saragih

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Hi im a new on this and im from indonesia
I just wanna try to learn something new and make conversation - because my english is bad - or lets say try to make relation with other people.
And maybe i will write some poetry and if you all dont mind i hope you can give commend on it
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Welcome.

This isn't the best place for poetry critique. We're here to talk about self publishing, not self publish to each other.
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Abigail Kraft

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Hi all! I'm not actually an author, but I illustrate for New Wrinkle Publishing, which was created to self-publish books in a unique format: books (written by my mom, Lynnette Kraft) with illustrations (mine) and an original cinematic style soundtrack (composed by my brother, Jared Kraft). It's an idea that we've all fallen in love with, and have fleshed out into two completed projects: "Ingrid", a young adult light fantasy novel, and "Archie of Outlandish", a sweet and unusual contemporary romance.

The soundtracks are free if you'd like to listen ... You can find them at www.newwrinklepublishing.com/soundtracks

Some of my artwork is posted on my profile. And of course, here's a link to check out our books ... www.newwrinklepublishing.com/books

Now to browse around and get to know some other people. :)
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Kay L Ling

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Hi,
I'm on Day 14 of a Kindle Scout campaign, hoping to be selected for a publishing contract with Amazon Press. Has anyone here been through this process before? It's more than a little nerve-wracking, since I need to ask people to "nominate" my book for publication, but it's teaching me a lot about self-promotion and how to market a novel. 
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Thousands of people have.

What the data suggests is that the people who do the best with it, would have succeeded without it.

Good luck with your effort.
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Brianna Duffin

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Hello! I have never actually self published my work, but I've Beene rally wanting to and I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about it from people with experience.
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+Sybille Yates thank you for the advice! I try to get feedback on everything I write, so now I can get people to help me proof read as well.
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Mo Townsend

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Hi all, I am a newcomer here and glad to be on board. I've just recently published my first book on Amazon Kindle so and it's quite weird and daunting to put myself out there to the public. Marketing my book is one thing, but allowing strangers and friends to view my most personal side of me - my creative mind - is something I have to learn to cope with. 
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+Mo Townsend​ thanks...I really thought there must be something wrong. Like: shouldn't my creative juices be flowing enough to pound out a book in a a week? I started this title in 2014...yikes!!! Your saying that, really helps my ego.
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Bianca Di Angelo

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Hello, I'm a writer, I write mostly dystopian novels and poetry. I came here for help and tips. I'm young, a teenager, but I hope this can help me, and I hope to get my books published.
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Ditto on welcome.
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Aboud Dweck

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If I'm trying to self publish a photo book am I welcome here? I need some advice on choosing a printer and how to promote on Kickstarter to get backers beyond my immediate family!

That's me, then and now. 
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Well I think we can safely say "not inkjet" these guys produce tens of thousands of POD books daily with production units across the world.

I'm fairly sure that CreateSpace uses them for their actual book production process. It's not a small operation :-)
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Cass Alexander

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Good morning from the Midwest! I'm CEO of the A Family Household, doing the stay-at-home mom thing for the first time. The pay is terrible but the perks are priceless. I'm trying my hand at self-publishing and I have a lot to learn. I'm interested in learning just about everything, especially how to improve my writing. I should probably learn how to market, too. And edit. And tons more, like not starting sentences with 'And'.

I love seeing how supportive the writing community is. I look forward to learning from you.
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yeah. the rank that matters most is the overall Amazon rank (because that's the one that gets you on the genre subcats). You're up to #76,000 now and climbing so that's good. If you can get a few dozen sales, you can probably get some Also-boughts which will help your visibility as well.

And I am looking at Working On it.

The confusion is that it looks like you have two entries about each character - one that starts with a name-dash and one that doesn't. My confusion is that it's not clear WHY. It's possible that you mean the first part to be from Rebecca's point of view and the second to be from Evan's. That's not exactly clear and having Rebecca and Rachel just adds to the "wtf am I reading?" feeling.

It's also too long.

The goal of the product description is to get the potential reader to grab a sample and check it out. If you make it too long - or too confusing - you're giving that person an excuse to skip it and move on.
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stefano lissia

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I'm an awful writer, here to mostly observe and learn from you the pros :)
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welcome aboard.
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Laura L. Leatherwood

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Hello.  I am Laura and I am an artist interested in writing a book on art techniques, branding, or a collection of my own work.  I have done a couple of cover illustrations, book jacket, and book formatting.  I am looking to gain knowledge about the publishing process.
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Giulia Mastrantoni

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Knowing how hard it is for young authors to feel appreciated, it seems to me just fair to share with you my current reading and to tell everyone that I'm really loving it. It's Rocked by The Waves, by +Alisa Grey. It was written in Italian, but now there's the English version. I quite love it. So thank you to writers who publish good novels and let us readers have a great couple of hours. Thank you.
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Gvg Gopal

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Hi! All... I am Venugopal

I am a small time writer from India planning to publish my first book, a political satire, shortly through a self publishing agency for a small fees. I don't know anything about publishing books or how to market it. Mostly my book will be out for readers in a months time through online. Do any of you have any advice for me, Mainly on how i can attract readers for my book? Whether i can get readers outside India to read my book. In a few days i am planning to publish excerpts and blurbs of my book through my google blog.
As i am presently too busy attending my job in a shipping company i hardly get time to interact with anyone on this or meet any like minded people. 
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Hahaha... Mr. Nathan, it is too difficult for me get that man on my side. He is a father, he is an husband, he is a son... he is running very hard to make a living. I know he is the one who is against me from the day one.. But let me see how to tame him. Anyway Mr. Nathan and Steve. Thanks for the post. i will go through your post in a short while. Regards,
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Ida Mays

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Hello my name is Ida and I am so excited to be a first time Indie Author! I am delighted to be a part of a group of likeminded people to glean new ideas, suggestions, and wise counsel! 
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Hello everyone so nice to meet awesome folks makes me happy knowing we have a lot in common. Linda 
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Danyell Sumter

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Hello everyone! I'm new to Google+, let alone this community. I'm glad to see that I can learn from all of you and I hope that in the end, I create some real friendships here. I have so many ideas that sometimes the merge, collide, and dissipate. For now though, I'll sit at YOUR feet and read. :-)
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Yes I just had a successful campaign on kickstarter and now I am taking the next steps to get my novel out there and I wish I found this place sooner!!!!!
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David Piotrkowski

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Hi, everyone. I wish the best of success for everyone writing, in here, from their heart, from a source they connected to, from a higher calling, from instinct, or from whatever else propels you forward.

I am a taxi driver/marketing rep/abstractly opinionated writer. I am currently writing a book, bearing a title I will save as a surprise, upon the book's (edit made here to acknowledge something a monitor noted) copyright.

It is about the shared inner appeal of moving forward in life. Grooming isn't just for hair. Akin to that aesthetic and experimental routine, grooming our behavior is a mission that appeals, both, to our sense of the outside and a sense of the inside, in terms of connecting to others. It's about finding objectivity in morality and what can be endured and what cannot. It is about making the world a better place.
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+Mark Neumayer hehe. Much appreciated.
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Phoenix SongWriter

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Hi everyone!

I'm a little brand new to this writing thing (I'm a freshman going into vocal performance at BYU-Idaho). I'm in the process of writing two books. One is just fantasy. The other is fantasy/steampunk (this one I am working on with a few friends). I am looking at self-publishing rather than trying to go through a company.
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+Steve Turnbull IS steampunk! [Would somebody go grab the oil can, please?]
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Nikki Landis

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Hello!

I'm a brand new romance author just delving into the complicated world of self publishing on Amazon and Kindle. I've uploaded my first three novels, with plans to add three more in the next six to eight weeks, and I'm excited about putting myself out there.

I currently write in the paranormal, fantasy, young adult, and post-apocalyptic genres. I have a question for the group: how many of you are kindle authors? Any tips on success? Any ideas on marketing?

I appreciate any tips, knowledge, support, or humor sent my way.

Thanks!

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Nathan,

Thank you for all of this information. It has been invaluable. I just created that google page so I will work on completing it today. I do have a Twitter account, Facebook page, a blog, and my Amazon author page.

I did not think about the book title keyword stuffing until you mentioned it. I already submitted changes for those this morning.

Thank you again!
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