Eda Utku - on writing and marketing

30 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
I recently came across Eda Utku on Twitter – born in Turkey, she’s been living in Sydney for three years. She has a background in marketing and has set up a website for writers NeedHelpWriteNow.com. She’s also developed a unique approach to get her work out to readers. This year she is publishing the 12 Seasons of Growth short stories, each month she releases one story about a character adapting to life in Sydney. I wanted to find out more about her innovative marketing ideas – so I invited her to do a guest post … Here it is …

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Wattpad featured story

25 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
I'm excited to have my 10,000-word novella Bequest featured on Wattpad. The story went live on the featured list yesterday afternoon and it's been amazing to watch the number of reads increase overnight. My first votes were from Brazil and Vietnam - showing just how global Wattpad really is.

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Small press pop quiz - Skylight Press

24 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Skylight Press different to other publishers?
We are different in that we don't blandly seek out 'flavour of the month' books or short-term fashions. We are interested in writing with a spark, an original voice, something transformational. We are an ethical press that pays healthy royalty percentages and always on time. We are not swayed by credentials, prizes or populist acclaim. We make beautiful books with an eye for detail and quality.

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Small press pop quiz - Tailwinds Press

23 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Tailwinds Press different to other publishers?
Thanks to the staff's diverse professional and academic backgrounds, we are ready to support a wide range of creative efforts and non-fiction works from little-known and emerging authors.  Due to a variety of factors, it is now virtually impossible for most newcomers to break into the print publishing industry, even if they’ve done something amazing.  We try to bridge that gap by bringing those high-quality works to life in print.  The publishing industry is changing, and will continue to change through small, lean, independent operations like us.

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WriteandMatch.com - matching writing mentors and aspiring writers

22 April 2014 / 1 comment
Write and Match is a new free platform for writing mentors and aspiring writers to connect for one on one editing and mentoring services and to partake in virtual writing groups. WriteandMatch.com was founded as a way of connecting aspiring writers with more experienced writers who are willing to share their knowledge about the craft of writing and the publishing world.

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Umwelt House

19 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Umwelt House publishes speculative fiction as beautifully designed print and digital novellas. They believe that novellas are perfect for busy lives, they have the complexity of a novel and the focus of a short story. Plus they can be read in a few hours.

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Self-publishing - Dan Garcia

13 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Dan Garcia writes books featuring paranormal creatures with a heavy dose of humour. He's self-published three books and is a very popular Wattpad author. He's also been very generous to me with advice on interacting and responding to readers on Wattpad. Previously he was a copy-editor, a scriptreader and has had various jobs in the film industry. I wanted to ask him a little about his journey with self-publishing his books ...

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Author visibility

8 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
In this DIY author world, in the middle of the digital revolution, it’s all about visibility, platform building and growing an audience. But just how visible do we have to be? How much of ourselves do we have to put out there? And how much do we have to interact with other people?

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Small press pop quiz - Regal House Publishing

7 April 2014 / 1 comment
What makes Regal House Publishing different to other publishers?
Regal House Publishing stands out from other publishing houses in the degree to which we support our authors. Not only do we assist in the establishment of a social media platform (if the author does not already possess an established presence online), but our web design team develops a sleek online site for each author (if it be so required) with links to all social media outlets, and storefront purchasing opportunities. We actively seek marketing opportunities in which to showcase our authors. We also accept submissions directly from authors without requiring a literary agent intermediary. We do this because we recognize the almost insurmountable odds that writers face in the route to publishing today, and seek to alleviate that process for those that submit their work to Regal House. We offer unprecedented royalty rates to our authors (higher than industry standard), and without the requisite agent cut, our authors receive a much higher return than others published elsewhere. Our imperative at Regal House is simply this: find talent, and then support it in every possible way that we can.

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Small press pop quiz - Beau Coup Publishing

2 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Beau Coup Publishing different to other publishers?
Beau Coup Publishing was founded by a writer who is both traditionally and self-published. She had a desire to build a business which would offer writers a place where they could find a family atmosphere, be published but also be given guidance and help in the promotion of their books. Beau Coup seeks to help their authors find places to blog, be interviewed, be on the radio and their work be spotlighted in venues that cater to their specific genre. The owner desires to pay fair royalties, provide author support and to give the authors a place to learn and grow.    

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Recently in print - Sonya Rhen

1 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Sonya Rhen is a writer and poet. She has recently published a science fiction novel Space Tripping With the Shredded Orphans (Shredded Orphans, #1) and her book of poems Requite Me: Poems of Love, Jealousy and Angst? Here I ask her about self-publishing, her book of poems and National Poetry Month in the United States ...

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