Helping authors publish

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Weekly News: 14th December 2020

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

  • Some authors refuse to read reviews of their book, but they can be useful.
  • Indie books don’t have to make a big splash on launch, since they need never go out of print. But if you want to maximise the impact of your launch, here’s a useful checklist.
  • Some good, easy to follow tips on how to correctly punctuate dialogue from Just Publishing Advice.
  • Make the most of your Amazon Author Central page.
  • Marketing ideas for authors that aren’t technical.
  • Marketing tips for romance authors.
  • To find your story’s dramatic action, use the “In a World…” test.

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

Weekly News: 7th December 2020

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

  • Congratulations, you won NaNoWriMo! Now what?
  • Building a following of readers sounds kind of scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get started on your own author platform.
  • If you’re on Pinterest, try these marketing tactics.
  • You shouldn’t overuse long words. But that doesn’t mean you should never use them.
  • What happens to your books when you die? The SFWA has released a Legacy Kit to help you protect your legacy.
  • Book marketing is a long-term process, not a short-term activity.
  • How non-fiction authors can (and should) be big fish in small ponds.

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

Weekly News: 30th November 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 want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

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.

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