Claire Ryan is an Irish author and web consultant, now living in Vancouver BC. She originally wanted to just write fantasy novels for a living, but was told from a very young age that she should do something 'practical'.
That turned into a degree in Geology, a postgrad in computers, and eventually a large dose of experience and technical skills in everything from data analysis to graphic design to marketing.
After hearing the stories of authors scammed by POD companies with nothing to show for it, she started the Raynfall Agency in April 2012 in the hope of developing a better way do publishing. Her first work, The Author's Marketing Handbook, is part of her overall plan to get the basic knowledge of online marketing into the hands of as many authors as possible.
You can contact her through her website, www.raynfall.com, if you'd like free marketing advice. If you are an author who's been duped by a POD company, she'll send you a free copy of her book.
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The Author's Marketing Handbook
by Claire Ryan
Written with flair, snarkiness, and a little oddball humor, The Author’s Marketing Handbook has the info that every puzzled writer needs to figure out the whys and hows of using the Internet to sell their book.
Claire Ryan talks about the basics of finding and building a readership online, what tech you really need to know about, and guidelines for social media and blogging.
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