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The New Author: Writing, Self-Publishing & Author Platforms [Kindle Edition]

R. A. Barnes
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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 e-publishing 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

Recommended reading

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ruby Barnes is the author of Peril, The Baptist, Koobi Fora, Getting Out of Dodge, Allen's Mosquito, The New Author and #AllUsers

Product Details

  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marble City Publishing (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MW2GJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly helpful for the new and not so new author October 24, 2012
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This is an excellent Kindle ebook that really is written for the new author and will be immensely helpful to him or her. The whole process of writing a novel is covered, from start to finish (including how to format and publish on Kindle and Smashwords).

There are many ebooks on Kindle about how to write a novel, but it's not uncommon to come across some so badly written and edited that it's plain they won't be of any use to wannabe writers. In fact, their writers themselves need to consult a far better book on their own topic. And here is one for them now.

Not only is The New Author extremely well written by someone who knows what he's talking about, but the tone is also truly heartening for those who yearn to become published writers but just don't know where to start.

The writer doesn't attempt to go into writing technique in any great detail, but he provides an excellent summing up of the considerations to be borne in mind when embarking on a story, and also recommends other resources which go deeper into particular areas of technique.

Along with the revolution in publishing has come one in marketing, and the title The New Author can be taken to have a double meaning: it can refer not just to someone who aims to become an author for the first time, but also to the new online world with which more experienced authors must now become familiar. So the large section on marketing a novel online through social media and other methods is particularly relevant and welcome for authors at all stages of their careers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! June 25, 2012
After exploring the mad and slightly confusing aspects of self publishing, I was given 'The New Author' in an attempt to try and clarify all the 'whys and wherefores'. And it did! Other books I found very dry and left me feeling I was outside the head's office for being stupid. Ruby's way was a breath of fresh air. It was clear, informative and funny. He admits his own mistakes so you don't have to. It's a book you can dip in and out of, especially when it comes to promoting yourself. Technophobes need not apply or learn damn quick!
I would recommend this book to writers/authors willing to put themselves out there and a liking for turnips...
And thanks for all the elephants!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There are swathes of books offering advice to the aspiring author about to launch his/her book onto the e-market, ranging from the excellent (David Gaughran's 'Let's Get Digital') to the rather glib and opportunistic (John Locke's one). Few have provided such a broad yet sufficiently deep introduction as this one. Ruby Barnes, a successful ebook author in his own right (and therefore someone who knows what he's talking about) takes the reader through every step of the process of producing, publishing and marketing an ebook, offering his personal experiences with regard to what seems to work and what doesn't. It's all done with a good deal of wry and at times earthy humour, something that's often lacking in this kind of book.

This won't of itself make a bestselling author out of you. It might not even make you a success. But it's the sort of book I wish I'd taken the trouble to seek out and read before I embarked on my own epublishing journey. It guides you between the pitfalls so that you at least stand a chance.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A first time Indie Authorship treasure.
A trove of information flowing from starting through the publishing of your first book. I highlighted 48 times in The New Author, information that will help me join the ranks of first time self published e-book authors.
Thank you Ruby Barnes for this excellent book.
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More About the Author

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' Aloysius Barnes.

Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com

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