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Self Publishing in Decline — Monday Blogs

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I recently came across a few post on social media concerning self published authors and the cost of their books being too much. 

Ultimately, the cost depends on who you publish through, and even then, most self published books are a lot less in cost than other publishing houses top releases. I publish through for paperbacks, and even though I don’t put any costs on top, I still sell a lot of books, but bare in mind, I’m not allowed to earn extra money. In January I sold 70 copies of one of my books, and that retailed and made for £5.99 with nothing added on as profit. 

So, is self publishing in decline? To some it may seem like it, but I personally think that self publishing is growing year-on-year and the costs to do this comes down over time. 

Let me know what you think. Find me on Twitter: @MarcSnappy and Facebook: Marc Corn Books

DWP Investigation Over

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Recently, I posted a blog about being investigated by the DWP. Well, it turns out the investigation is now over. The DWP found in my favour, all my evidence concerning the books were true, I wasn’t making any money, and they know in many cases, the books have cost me money to produce. Even though I make no money from my books, or ebooks, I just use my authoring to share my life, hence why I produce them and make them free.
     I am glad the investigation is over, it certainly caused me a lot of anxiety and aggro. I want to take a moment to thank the DWP for taking the time to understand me as a human being, and for also not believing the lies that someone made up to bring up this investigation.
     So, it’s now onwards and upwards, back to some normality, well, nearest to that I can get of course with my anxiety.

Tuesday Poet eBook Refresh

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I have finally started refreshing some of my FREE eBooks. So, I decided to refresh one of the newest ones first. Tuesday Poet: Volume One had a very bleak cover, but it has been deeply refreshed with a new simple design. I know it may seem mad, purchasing covers for FREE eBooks, but I’m not wanting to make money, I am here to give myself to the world, and share what I love to do as a hobby.
The new cover is pictured below, and I have attached links to the cover designer and the eBook.


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Cover Designer: FrinaBookCovers

Backup Stories

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WHEN I USED do computer related activities, I always preached that it was important to backup any important files you didn’t want to lose. Now, in this day and age of technology most of us use cloud based, which isn’t a bad thing, but what happens if that service goes down, or what if the files don’t save correctly?
     So, you may be asking why I am talking about backing up files, well, after not practicing what I preach, I lost a very important novel that was due to be published in February 2015. I would like to thank a very well known cloud service for doing this, I won’t name names, but I am utterly annoyed that a service I have used for a long time has just suddenly started playing up. I will be checking, and double-checking next time.
     To prevent the same problem I came across, always make sure you backup the same file to several devices. When you save the file save it to at least three places, or more if your paranoid that the files will disappear. Flash drives, cloud services, computer, and hard drives are some of the choices you have. You can even save it to tablet devices if you have enough memory on your device.
     Anyhow, I hope you take note of this advice because I don’t you want to lose out like I have. I have a busy month ahead trying to get things back on track with the novel that has been lost—Oh The Joys …

Subconscious Book Reviews

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HAVE YOU EVER bought a book, and then decided to take a look at the reviews even before turning a page of the book? This is something you shouldn’t do, even though reviews are helpful and they can be an ultimate decider for some readers, but you must make up your own mind, and give a book a chance.
     Say you brought a book, and then you looked on popular review web pages to find that the average rating is low. Subconsciously, you will be thinking that the book is a load of rubbish, and chances are you wont even finish that book or even get into it because your mind is set on what the reviews have said. Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit these days, reviews take over our thought process and makes the decisions for us, and yes, these can be helpful, but other times they aren’t.
     You need to disconnect yourself from the review process, take no notice of those stars, whether they are high or low, always make up your own mind, remember most books have a free sample which you can download or where you can view them online, and hopefully that will help you instead.
     I wont deny that I have let reviews take over my thought process in the past about a book, but I have learned overtime to read it before dismissing it. I know from experience that dismissing a book forces you not to learn something new, it could be very inspirational, and you’re refusing to take notice because of a review. Never put a book down until you have read some of it, once you give it a chance, I can assure you that it will look a lot different from those reviews.

Ronnie GITT’s latest adventures, FREE DOWNLOAD!

Copyright Removal for eBooks

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DURING MY TIME as an author, I’ve had my fair share of problems with the underground pirates. They find ways to grab copies of my paid for eBooks and then distribute them across many web pages. This of course is against copyright law, and even though it can cause some frustration, you have the upper hand over these pirates, and it’s time to take control.
     First of all, you need to find the offending web pages, and remember the major search engines are your friends. The best search you can make is the one that uses quotes, for example: “Your Name” “eBook,” this will be your starting point. When you look through your search results, you need to look out for anything that is suspicious, and the most common one to look for is ones that say “FREE Download” because chances are they have a copy of your paid for book.
     Once you have found the web sites, you can do one of two things. One, you could just leave it and let people continue to rip you off, which means a loss to you in earnings, and then you give the pirates control. Two, you file DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests to all the major search engines, it may take sometime, but believe me, it will be worth it in the long run.
     To file these requests you will need to find the search engines DMCA form, every major search engine has one for legal purposes, and they will make it easy to find. Simply search the search engine for their own name and add DMCA on the end, it should come up in the first couple of links.
     Remember, the law is on your side, and don’t give in. Even though they’re doing something illegal, you have to feel proud of yourself, you are one of millions of authors who have their eBooks or paperback books pirated, and most of the time it happens to those who are popular. So, feel proud of yourself because you’re going somewhere with your books, but protect your books because it’s your work, and not theirs.

Back from Cumbria

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BACK FROM CUMBRIA twelve days ago and I have been none stop ever since. Story writing and copying my diary from the holiday has taken most of my time, my own fault, I tried speed writing most of it when I got behind by a few days—not a wise idea, take note.
With the trip in mind, I had a fantastic time, I won’t give much away because you can read it all FREE on Smashwords—all links will be provided at the end.
Keep in mind that I have many publications which are FREE, so if you could take the time to leave a review, even if it’s just a few words, it would be appreciated. Myself and Steve put a lot of time into the writing process, and we just ask that you give some feedback, or even appreciation for what we do.
So, what are you waiting for? Go grab your copy of BloggyBook: Cumbria June 2014. After all, it’s FREE, who doesn’t like FREE stuff?

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Accentuate The Positive

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While the Mr. GIT eBook series carries on to have some download success, and much enjoyment, not only for the readers, but for myself and Steve as well. We have now decided it’s time to start expanding our little miserable character into to something more tangible. In a recent discussion, it was clear that we needed to make changes to Mr. GIT, not just in the way he is, but his name as well. As you know, we’ve always loved this character because in some way we all know someone like him, or even have a family member like him. The one thing that sets this character apart is his ability to use an open mind to say what we’re all thinking on different subjects.
Now, nothing major is changing, we just needed to make adjustments to stop any confusion with the definition of “GIT.” The original series will remain the same—it would take time to amend the current eBooks,—but from the next publication Mr. GIT will be known as Mr. Ronnie GITT. The adventures of Ronnie GITT, rolls off the tongue don’t you think?
In terms of pricing, the eBooks will remain free, and that includes any further publications under the new name. So, don’t worry, eBooks will remain free across all stores. Even though these will remain free, there will be other things added in terms of merchandise and paperback/hardback books to help fund this project. Some people may think this is a bad move, but I see it as a projection towards something we believe in and have a massive passion for.
With that said, I’m signing off, time to lie down, tiredness is kicking and this iPad screen is becoming a blur on the vision of the already impaired eyes of the user.

The Time, InstaScrapBook

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The time has come to make some changes, it wasn’t something I initially planned, nor was it something I wanted to do, but sometimes change is good. Over a year ago I published a book called “InstaScrapBook 2012 Picks,” a book that showcased pictures from my own Instagram feed in a year-by-year format. Now, the book wasn’t made to be a success, but more of a history collection—think of it like a time capsule, but in the format of a book. I wanted to share this with everyone, and seeing as I am new to all this publishing stuff, I decided to publish it; I guess I wasn’t expecting the negativity that came along with it.
Yes, unfortunately, there has been some negativity, or should I say, a lot of negativity. I’ve had many comments surrounding this book, people claim they could do better, but with that said, if they could do better, then please publish a similar book. Still, on the negative side. This book has been illegally distributed on pirating websites, which have now been banned from major search engines for their actions. When I discovered this it annoyed me, I won’t hide that fact, but after a long thinking session, I decided that there was nothing I could do, so in a way I was doing something good rather than bad. Normally when people do these things, it usually means that it’s popular and they don’t want people to pay the expensive price, so they host it on sites to allow free downloads.
I won’t repeat history, but this is why I have decided to retire the paperback version of this book and give away the eBook version for free across all the eBook stores. These changes have been submitted today (23 March 2014) and it could take up to six weeks to reflect any price changes. The paperback version could also take time to disappear, but until then, you will have every opportunity to purchase a copy, but remember this will be for a very limited time.
So, what can I say? Nothing more can really be said in all honesty, I tried an idea, but it failed. I can’t look at this as a failure, I have to take this as a lesson along the author road. No point crying over spilt milk.


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