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Weekly News: 20th December 2021

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

  • You want to see your books on a bookstore’s shelves, but beware of scams.
  • An overview of the year in self-publishing from Alliance of Independent Authors.
  • All about gratitude marketing.
  • Publishers are starting to realise that there’s more to book marketing than having lots of social media followers.
  • There’s a perception that young adult fiction is more diverse than adult fiction, but it’s not entirely true.
  • Copyright is fundamental to everything that authors do, so this comprehensive guide from Alliance of Independent Authors. is invaluable.
  • It can be hard to choose a book title, but these tips will help.

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

Thank you, and happy holidays!

It’s been a great year for Author Help and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of it.

At the start of the year, we officially became a limited company under the name Shilka Ltd. We got a shiny new logo, tidied up the website, and made all sorts of behind-the-scenes changes to accounting and so on.

Later in the year, Robin and Jen both successfully completed a diploma in proofreading and copy editing with distinction. Just as we were starting to use our newly polished skills, we realised we’d grown to the point where we couldn’t manage all the proofreading ourselves. We’re now working with three lovely subcontractors: Mel, Paul and Charlotte. With their help, we’ve improved turnaround time massively while still giving a great quality service.

We’ve also started working with Formatted Books, who help us with books that need something a bit special on the pages, such as children’s books or where the author wants a very particular look for their chapter headings. We’re still doing straightforward formatting in-house, and thanks to a recent software upgrade we’re expanding the range of options.

Last month, we added up the books we’ve helped to publish and realised we’d done over a hundred! This is a magnificent milestone for what started just a few years ago with Robin just doing what they love.

And of course, throughout it all our cover designer Henry and copywriter Cat have been absolute champions.

We’ll be taking some time off over Christmas, so responses to emails sent after 21st December may be slow. We will try to keep an eye on the inbox and respond to anything urgent, but otherwise things will be picked up in January.

We wish you all a peaceful and safe holiday season and a joyful new year.

Robin & Jen

Weekly News: 13th December 2021

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: 6th December 2021

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: 29th November 2021

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

  • If you have writer friends, take a look at this list for gift ideas. Or just drop hints that you’d like some of them 🙂
  • Amazon UK will stop accepting VISA credit cards in January.
  • Why NFTs for authors may be a rush for fool’s gold.
  • Make sure your thriller is thrilling, not boring.
  • Use the Pomodoro technique to manage your time more effectively.
  • The NFT Bay” is a website created to illustrate that owning an NFT doesn’t stop anyone else downloading the attached artwork.
  • All about email bounce rates and how to reduce them.

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

Weekly News: 22nd November 2021

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: 15th November 2021

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: 8th November 2021

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

  • Kobo’s unlimited subscription service, Kobo Plus, is coming to Australia, New Zealand, and Italy.
  • Books2Read now supports print books, as well as ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Writing and publishing poetry can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile.
  • You don’t have to start at the beginning.
  • Structure can help you write your book, but it’s not the whole answer.
  • Indie authors don’t generally pitch to agents and publishers, but we still have to pitch to others.
  • The conventional advice is to write a series, not a standalone novel. But can you expand a novel into a series?

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

Weekly News: 1st November 2021

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: 25th October 2021

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

  • How authors support each other on social media.
  • Amazon will start adding a transparency code to KDP Print books if the uploaded cover doesn’t include a barcode.
  • Lots of authors are looking for alternatives to Audible & ACX. Be careful, even established companies like Scribd can engage in rights grabs.
  • Facebook (or any other social media company) could delete your account at any time. Make sure you have a mailing list that you control.
  • Give your chapters titles, not just numbers. Chapter titles are useful for marketing.
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch on deadlines.
  • Writing non-fiction? Avoid these mistakes that make your work look amateurish.

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

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