The New Author: Writing, Self-Publishing & Author Platforms

Marble City Publishing

A beginner’s guide to writing a novel, publishing as an independent ebook author and promoting your brand using social networks.

With foreword by Jim Williams, author of ten internationally published novels including the Booker Prize nominated Scherzo.

The New Author is an excellent piece of writing, combining deceptive simplicity, lucidity and charm: a trick which in practice is very difficult to pull off. The book is also informed by considerable intelligence and analysis founded on firsthand experience.

Barnes explicitly warns against the trap that engagement at the required level can become obsessive and time consuming, and in a couple of nice vignettes he makes his point with wit and style. The New Author is a terrific companion for independent e-publishing and I recommend it.

There are at least three reasons why you might want to buy this book:

1. you want to be an author;

2. you have already written a novel and want to publish it as an ebook;

3. you want to promote yourself as an author.

This book is a beginner’s guide on how to do the above. It isn’t a magic elixir for foolproof million copy marketing of your ebook. It is based upon the experiences of this author and a broad-based peer group.

I have to warn you right now, this is not going to be an easy journey. Less of a country stroll, more of a trek up Kilimanjaro. The good news is that almost anyone can trek up Kilimanjaro with the right support, appropriate equipment and a positive attitude. See you at the top.

The New Author is a non-fiction work of 44,000 words.

What this book does and does not contain

The scope of this edition is deliberately limited to basic novel writing guidelines, first practical steps in building and operating a social media platform for authors, and the process of epublishing a novel on Amazon KDP and other market channels via Smashwords. A list of recommended further reading is provided that covers the subject matter, should readers wish to delve deeper into these areas.

This edition of The New Author does not contain a method approach to novel writing, advice on publishing in print or a prescriptive ‘silver bullet’ approach to ebook marketing.

The internet is a labyrinth of blogs, websites and web-based tools. User interfaces are constantly being improved, upgraded and changed. No screenshots have been included in this book in order to avoid early obsolescence and to keep the format and page display simple and readable. Hyperlinks to the internet have not been used for similar reasons and to avoid accidental use by the increasing number of ereaders with touch screens.

Part 1 - writing a novel
- Have you got what it takes?
- The time, space, support continuum
- The Rules
- Plot and premise
- Planning and structure
- Characters
- Narrative Voice
- Tense
- Settings – the six senses
- Pace & structure
- Dialogue – people will talk
- Theme - metaphor
- Language and grammar
- Editing
- Writing peer groups
- Beta readers
- Vignette 1 - Peer review; the blind leading the blind?
Part 2 - Promoting your brand using social networks
- Brand
- Nom de Plume?
- Content - the nitty gritty of your social network platform
- Website / blog style
- Search Engine Optimisation SEO for your blog / website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Reader groups
- Other social networks
- Vignette 2 - Compulsive Communication Syndrome
Part 3 - publishing an independent ebook
- Getting your manuscript into shape for publishing
- Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
- KDP reports
- KDP Community
- Amazon Author Central
- Smashwords
- AutoVetter
- Premium status
- Your pricing on the web
- Your ebook’s reviews on the web
And finally…
- Self-publishing in print
- Marketing an ebook
- Vignette 3 - Under the influence - social networks
Ruby’s Top Ten Tips for Ebook Publishing
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Author Bio
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This book is going to give you an introduction on how to become a successful article and content writer on Textbroker. Unfortunately, writing for Textbroker is limited only to people based in the USA, due to taxation problems. I was a writer for eight months, there, so when I decided to change locations and careers, I decided to stay on with content writing.
This book is going to give you plenty of helpful tips and techniques, content writing profitably, what your clients are going to expect from you, and other useful information, including writing for websites.
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An anthology of twenty-one crime, mystery, suspense and romance stories from nineteen authors, including Emmy-nominated John Goldsmith and Booker-nominated Jim Williams.

This global collection of short stories from 400 to 7000 words covers everything from crime fiction to romantic suspense and historical mystery.

Authors: John Goldsmith, Jim Williams, Jeremy Hinchliff, John Holland, Gerry McCullough, Alexandar Altman, R.A. Barnes, Maura Barrett, Eileen Condon, Mary Healy, Susan Howe, Damon King, Mary Mitchell, Jeanne O’Dwyer, Michael Rumsey, Valerie Ryan, Dennis Thompson, Catherine Tynan and T. West.


La Morvandelle by John Goldsmith – from rabbit stew to alien abduction

Diodati by Jim Williams – of poets and monsters

The Sand Students by Jeremy Hinchliff – a feud on shifting sands

The Book by John Holland – the librarian takes liberties

Harvey’s Lucky Day by Gerry McCullough – some say we make our own luck

The Quiet Room by Alexandar Altman – overdosed on love

Heirloom by R.A. Barnes – a deadly pact

Son of Angus by Maura Barrett – a summer of mystic love

The Red Scarf by Eileen Condon – unrequited love in the countryside

Braille of Brocade by Mary Healy – discovering inner beauty

The Five Loves of Frank by Jeremy Hinchliff – you’re not The One

Two of a Kind by Susan Howe – a torrent of love

Mr Mystery by Damon King – the dangers of internet dating

That’s Enough! by Mary Mitchell – a disobedient husband

Book Lovers by Jeanne O’Dwyer – reading between the lines

Coaster Nights by Michael Rumsey – the grass is always greener

Spilled Wine by Damon King – is it better to have loved and lost?

One for the Road by Valerie Ryan – raise a glass to the happy couple

Terminal Vengeance by Dennis Thompson – the gentler sex prevails

Him by Catherine Tynan – he can’t be avoided forever

Phantasmagoria by T. West – visiting old haunts
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