Helping authors publish

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Weekly News: 23rd November 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Good news for anyone co-authoring a book, or making a multi-author ebook box set: Draft2Digital now offers payment splitting.
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation are offering a new way to evidence your copyright with WIPO Proof.
  • Limited-time discount prices are a common indie author marketing tactic. Draft2Digital make it easy to schedule them in advance.
  • Does your story suffer from a saggy middle?
  • Interesting advice on building good, long-lasting relationships with other authors.
  • We all need editors. Here are five places to find one.
  • Comparison authors, or “comp authors” are a powerful marketing tool. Here’s how to find them.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 16th November 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Read about our new logo.
  • A useful guide for those writing stories with multiple points of view.
  • If you’re going to register your copyright in the US, do it as soon as the book is published.
  • There’s no point fighting the necessity of marketing. Just accept it and carry on.
  • Do you know how to spot scammers impersonating literary scouts? They are increasingly common.
  • Conventional wisdom says that consistent posting is important on social media. Here’s how to do it.
  • This is a useful glossary of jargon used around book marketing.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 9th November 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Take a look at our new portfolio page, showcasing just a few of the books we’ve helped to publish recently.
  • UK libraries are lending more and more ebooks.
  • Mike Shatzkin on the end of the general trade publishers.
  • Do traditional publishers really need brick & mortar book shops?
  • You’ve heard of “influencers”. Here’s how to use them in your marketing.
  • We all need images for all manner of purposes. But how do you find them?
  • Kobo has several useful books that you can get for free until the end of the year.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

New Logo

Anyone who’s been paying attention will have noticed that Author Help has been undergoing a few changes lately — we’ve taken on a new staff member, we’ve re-built our main publishing package, and we’ve reorganised some of our services on our website. We decided that we should have a new logo to go with it all.

The new logo needed to be easily recognisable as us and show what we do. It also needed to look smart, professional and approachable – just as we hope our services are.

We got in touch with graphic designer Henry Hyde, who we often commission for book covers, and started what turned out to be a far more involved process than we’d expected. We talked about what we wanted it to say, what subtext we’d like people to take from it, what impression we wanted to give, and so on. Henry came of up with a whole range of ideas. After a process of elimination, refinement, getting feedback from friends, and several more rounds of pinning down exactly what we wanted, we finally settled on something we think works.

It features our name, because what we’re called is what we do. It also features a row of icon-style graphics depicting a word processor document, an arrow, and a book. We like to think the symbology is quite obvious there. We chose the particular shade of blue because it’s a good strong colour and the slight suggestion of purple made it seem a bit more warm and friendly than most cold blues.

It may not be packed with obscure meaning and multiple layers of pretence, but neither are we. We help authors, and that’s what our logo says.

Weekly News: 2nd November 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Helpful advice for anyone writing a memoir.
  • Many authors find it difficult to write a bio. Here are some examples for inspiration, and a checklist.
  • It can be hard to know when to stop editing.
  • We’ve overhauled our bespoke publishing package.
  • You don’t have to be on social media, but you should find a way to engage with your audience.
  • Don’t just survive. Make a conscious choice to thrive.
  • Six reasons you should start writing your book.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 26th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • It looks like Amazon will launch a new site in Sweden next month, but it probably won’t sell Kindle books.
  • Kobo Writing Life want to promote books by #OwnVoices authors.
  • We seem to be doing everything virtually these days. This is some excellent advice on improving virtual presentations.
  • Children’s books never go out of style. Here are five tips for those writing for kids.
  • Your marketing should focus on feelings, not logic.
  • A new watchdog advisory from The Alliance of Independent Authors: Octa Group.
  • Make sure you give your protagonist’s career some thought.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Introducing our Bespoke Publishing Package

When we first started Author Help, it made sense to create a complete publishing package so that authors could get everything they needed in a single off-the-shelf bundle. But every author needs something different.

We recognise that some authors may need help getting up and running on social media, some want their work only in paperback, and some have particular needs around images. Books of different lengths and complexities take different times to work with.

We have rewritten our package offering from the ground up. There are new services available, we’ve hammered out the calculations, and we’ve put together some internal processes.

By making our package modular, each author we work with can get the service – and the price – that’s right for them. Plus we’ve added a few little extra touches!

So go take a look at our new publishing package or contact us to book a free consultation.

Weekly News: 19th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • If you use Payhip for direct sales from your WordPress website, you’ll find our new plugin very useful.
  • France has criticised the European Commission over guidance on applying new copyright rules, saying that the guidance could weaken the law.
  • If a cyber-attacker can get your password, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Here are some of the common techniques they use to get passwords.
  • Can you learn anything from this marketing case study?
  • Conan Doyle’s estate has sued over Sherlock Holmes having emotions. This article has the details, plus interesting commentary from a lawyer.
  • You’ve got a mailing list (you have, haven’t you?). Now, here’s how to use it to sell books.
  • For those who need to reduce the length of their books, here are three ideas.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 12th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Some help for authors just starting out, from veteran indies Joanna Penn and David Gaughran
  • Authors often ask if their writing is good enough, but that’s the wrong question. The real question is, do you like writing for its own sake?
  • Self-publishing romance authors know how to market their books. Consequently they sell well. So why does a large part of the industry ignore or mock them?
  • Our Local Links WordPress Plugin for authors will localise your links. Plus it now makes it easy to include affiliate codes on your Amazon, Apple, Google, and Kobo links.
  • There’s lots of conflicting advice about when to send emails to your list. We only send them when we have something to say. This explains why.
  • Many authors don’t register their copyright. Here’s the argument for why you should, and how to do it.
  • We won’t be supplying Mobi files for upload to Amazon any more, because Amazon want you to upload an ePub file instead.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 5th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Why short chapters are better than long ones.
  • Word of mouth is the best form of marketing. Here’s how to get more of it.
  • I’ve always been wide (ie not Amazon exclusive) with all my books. If you want to do the same, Kobo Writing Life has some useful pointers.
  • Three common issues fiction writers have in early drafts, and how to fix them.
  • Here are some ways to build your author platform.
  • Five things that should be on every author’s website. Are you missing any?
  • The Frankfurt book fair is going to be virtual, but that calling it “fake” does everyone a disservice.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

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