Print-on-demand and eBooks

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eBook readers been around for a while on various devices and platforms.

eBooks are easy to publish and distribute but now, with print-on-demand, paperback books are also an option.

In the past, self-published authors took their manuscript to a printer. Generally a minimum print run was around 50 to 100 books. Some of these could be…

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More Memes

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been making memes.

And lately, with the Australian political landscape in turmoil, it is easier than ever to make a meme.

If you’re not Australian – and lets face it – most people aren’t (there are only 23 million of us) then you’ve probably never…

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Memorable memes

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Lately I’ve been making memes.

The internet is rife with memes because they are generally topical and humorous.

Memes capture the absurdity of life.

I think everyone should make at least one meme. It’s like being a political cartoonist without having to draw anything.

All you need is Photoshop or some other image program, something to…

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Why authors should create their own book covers

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You’ve written your story, it’s been through endless drafts, edited and perfectly polished. It’s ready to upload to Amazon  or a similar platform. Then you realise there are thousands of new titles uploaded every week.

What can you do to make your book stand out?

Design a good cover.

Statistics show that a well…

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Publishing Workshops at MONA

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Writers,educators, journalists, designers and bloggers: turn your self-publishing idea into reality at Hobart’s world famous MONA gallery. Join Adobe guru Dr Tim Kitchen, author and Adobe education leader Susan Bell, artist Julianne Clifford and professional photographer Brett Kent in a series of workshops to help your project stand out in a competitive industry.


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When Dreamworks Came to Stanley: Dispatches from Tasmania

The latest book from Midlifexpress columnist Susan Bell is now available on Amazon Kindle.
The following post is taken from the introduction.

This book is a collection of articles about living and travelling in Tasmania and includes some of the more controversial issues facing the state such as the fight against logging…

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Why traditional publishers are sleepwalking into oblivion

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Rob is a successful writer and publisher.

I met him at one of my self-publishing workshops where I teach people how to convert print books into eBooks.

Rob became an independent publisher after his manuscript was rejected by every major Australian publisher.

Undeterred, he bought a professional binder and printer and made paperback copies of his book. Pretty soon he’d sold eight…

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3 steps to self-publishing success

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I run workshops on how to self-publish.

At every workshop, usually within the first ten minutes, I’m asked this question: If everyone self-publishes, then won’t readers be swamped with crap?

I respond by asking all those in attendance if they’ve ever read a bad book.

Everyone nods.

I then point out that it’s traditional publishers like Penguin, Random House and Harper…

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