By Shelley Sturgeon
It’s Mother’s Day here in North America. Do you have a favorite “mother” character from a novel? I always liked Marmee from Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women.
Today’s selection of articles have nothing to do with mothers, but you’ll want to check them out just the same. And, don’t forget to send us your submissions for May’s Carnival of the Indies blog carnival by Wednesday, the 15th.
David Gaughran on David Gaughran
Reader Targeting Influences Everything
“Reader Targeting is yet another concept we have to juggle. It’s no wonder many writers take to the drink, or otherwise lose the run of themselves. Or can be a little… kooky. We have to wrestle with a number of contradictory notions all the time — it’s enough to make anyone batty.”
Diana Hurwitz on The Blood Red Pencil
The Cut and Paste Thief and What To Do If You’ve Been Plagiarized
“As Maryann Miller detailed in her March post, recently a hack named Cristiane Serruya came up with what she thought was a clever scheme. She trimmed paragraphs from multiple books, quilted them together, then published them as her own work.”
Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen… with Ruth Harris
Beware Bogus Writing Contests! Look for These 8 Red Flags.
“Recently I’ve been seeing a bunch of ads for writing contests in my Facebook feed. Plus I’ve been getting unsolicited mass emails advertising similar competitions. Some of them look pretty legit, but I couldn’t help asking myself why. If it’s such a great contest, why do they need to use spam to promote them?”
Rachel McCollin on Self Publishing Advice From The Alliance Of Independent Authors
Book Marketing: How to Set Up an Amazon UK Ads Account
“Accessing Amazon ads for the US store is easy. But what if you want to advertise in the UK?”
IR Staff on Indie Reader
How Book Pricing is a Powerful Strategy to Sell More Books
“Pricing your book to sell is something many authors struggle with. However, having the right price makes it easier for your target readers to find (and buy) your book. With this in mind, it’s important to spend some time researching pricing and getting it right.”