The New Author - Writing, Self-Publishing and Social Media Platforms

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The New Author is a 200 page book in three sections: writing basics, developing a 'social media platform' and self-publishing as an independent author. Take your manuscript from ready to go with this informative and easy to read guide. More

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About Ruby Barnes

I've pedalled the pushbike of life until the chain fell off. Now living in rural Ireland where the natives are friendly and the weather atrocious, I write crime fiction and thrillers.

My writing is dedicated to the memory of my late Scottish grandfather Robert 'Ruby' Barnes.

Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com

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Review by: Susan Condon on June 13, 2012 :
I read this book on my Sony eReader while on holidays – the only problem I had with that, was that I didn’t have a pen and paper handy to make notes!

This book is perfect for anyone who has a passion for writing. It is very well written and divided into three parts. I had only planned on reading the first two, which relate to writing tips and advice on how to promote your brand using social media, but was enticed into reading every word – and I’m so glad I did. Ruby includes excellent advice, as well as tips, on the drawbacks of not thinking through your whole approach to writing and branding, drawing on personal experience to highlight it all. There’s advice on what to include in your blog or website to draw readers and writers to your pages - but also advice on how to avoid the lure of social media sites in favour of writing – something I’m sure we’ve all done at one time or another.

I found the section on self-publishing a real eye-opener, with step-by-step instructions on how to strip your writing of all formatting so that it will appear perfectly on Amazon, Smashwords etc. Ruby advises on everything from pricing structures and how setting up a special offer on one platform can affect your pricing on another; to advice on how best to promote your work with the help of fellow authors and reviewers. It was something I had never considered before, but I’ve already recommended this book to a number of friends, who would benefit from this section alone, to promote their work to a wider audience.

I came away from this book feeling that I had garnered some very useful information which can only help me on the road to success . . .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lady Eternity Ravenheart on May 17, 2012 :
What author approach defines you? This book gives any writer, new or seasoned, a great way to examine not only their own secret writing desires, but also a way to find what approach suits them best. This book however is designed to be light in the facts and is written as an overview. It is not written to be an indepth guide. Due to its design it might not be exactly what a writer would like, however it is the friendly and easy approach that makes it unique. Through the style it's written in, it makes navigating through the creation process of novel creation easy, effortless fun. I recommend this book as a must have in any writer's library. If there is any writer who values their art would like to improve it in an easy and fun manner, then Lady Ravenheart Wordsmiths is happy to put our support behind this well written book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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