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Self-Publishing: The Carnival of the Indies Issue #104

By Joel Friedlander

Welcome to this challenge of the Carnival of the Indies weblog carnival. This concern is for Might, 2019. We welcome your submissions on subjects related to writing, self-publishing, ebook design or advertising books.

A set of excellent articles lately posted to blogs, your studying here might be richly rewarded.

See the end of this publish for hyperlinks to submit your blog posts for the subsequent carnival, or for collaborating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Because of everyone who participated.

Featured Posts

bloggingDave Chesson presents The way to Convert EPUB to MOBI and Other Codecs posted at Kindlepreneur, saying, “You might not think that file formats matter when it comes to your eBook. But you would be sadly mistaken. It might not matter to you, but it does to Amazon and other eBook publishers. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have properly converted your EPUBs to MOBI and vice versa. This simple guide will show you how.”

Joy E. Rancatore presents Find out how to Make the Most of Goodreads posted at Logos & Mythos, saying, “Goodreads is one of the few ways Indie Authors can directly reach their target audience—readers—and it’s simple and FREE to get started! Browsing through the site gives authors great insight into the industry and their ideal readers. Plus, interaction with fellow writers and readers leads to multiple benefits you may not have considered. Are you making the most of Goodreads?”

Louise Harnby presents What are action beats and how are you going to use them in fiction writing? posted at The Parlour, saying, “Action beats are short descriptions that come before, between or just after dialogue. Here’s how to use them effectively in your fiction writing.”

E-book Design and Manufacturing

Fiona Raven presents Error importing Word index into InDesign posted at Ebook Design Made Easy, saying, “If you’re importing a Word index into InDesign, chances are good that the index will import just fine. But what if you get the dreaded “index entries contain invalid characters” error? This occurred to at least one of our readers lately. It’s a difficult situation to resolve, however we clarify how in our newest blog submit.”

Susan Stitt presents Does My E-book Need Copyright Protection? Then, How Do I Get a Copyright for my Guide? posted at Entrance Edge Publishing Blog, saying, “What Is Copyright?”

Indie Writer

Carole P. Roman presents Notes from the Area: Making a Group Anthology posted at BookWorks Weblog, saying, “ author, Carole P. Roman, shares her latest self-pub adventure collaborating on a group anthology in our “Notes from the Field” report.”

Sarah Bolme presents How Responsive Are You? posted at Advertising Christian Books, saying, “24 hours. That is the length of a day. It’s also the time-frame in which people expect a response.”

Advertising and Selling Your Books

Belinda Griffin presents The best way to Use Visitor Podcast Appearances to Attain Readers posted at BookWorks Blog, saying, “’s Reader Relationships expert, Belinda Griffin, shares advice on how authors can find, pitch, and leverage guest podcast appearances to reach more readers.”

Chris Nicely presents Learn how to Use Media Attention to Construct Your Writer E mail Listing posted at BookWorks Weblog, saying, “’s Media & PR dude, Chris Well, shares ways both fiction & nonfiction authors can capitalize on every media opportunity to build their email list.”

Dave Chesson presents The Supreme Information to Writer Business Playing cards posted at Kindlepreneur, saying, “Designing a professional author business card may sound daunting, but with these easy steps, you’ll be able to create something you can be proud of.”

Frances Caballo presents four Dirty Little Secrets About Social Media Advertising for Authors posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “Think social media marketing for authors is hard to learn? Hardly. Sure, there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of blog posts published every day explaining how to accomplish some aspect of social media.But guess what? It’s mostly been said and done previously. Sure, some things are new, such as Facebook’s new focus on Groups and Facebook Messenger chatbots. But a lot of what you read about social media marketing for authors has been said before. Really.”

Iola Goulton presents Pricey Writer | Why You Must be on Twitter posted at Christian Modifying Providers, saying, “I understand that there are too many social media networks and not enough time in the day. But I do think authors need to have Twitter accounts, and here’s why.”

Jay Artale presents Nonfiction Ebook Advertising for Introverts – Again to Fundamentals posted at Birds of a Feather Press, saying, “Introverted authors often shy away from book marketing, but with a few simple steps even the most reticent marketer can create a solid foundation for their books without getting overwhelmed. If you’ve been hiding your head under the covers to avoid self-promotion, find out how one simple switch in your perspective can ease the pain of marketing.”

Laura Cross presents How you can Create a Desk of Contents to Promote Your Nonfiction E-book posted at Professional Writer/Entrepreneur.

Sarah Bolme presents Consciousness Is All the time the First Step posted at Advertising Christian Books, saying, “Awareness is always the first step in a buyer’s journey. After all, I can’t buy something I don’t know exists.”

Susan Stitt presents How Do I Add Video to My Amazon Writer Page? posted at Front Edge Publishing Weblog, saying, “Amazon has been actively encouraging authors—and all of its sellers—to add videos, because customers can quickly learn a lot more about a book—or other product—through a brief clip. In short: Good, relevant videos can boost sales.”

Terry Whalin presents Endorsements Sell Books posted at The Writing Life, saying, “How do authors get endorsements? It’s simple–ask. Terry Whalin gives the details in this article.”

Self-Publishing Success

Tyler Doornbos presents eight Must-Have WordPress Plugins for the Ultimated DIY Writer Web site posted at BookWorks Weblog, saying, “’s Author Website Expert, Tyler Doornbos, continues his Ultimate DIY Website series with the 8 must-have plugins for WordPress.”

Writing Instruments and Ideas

C. S. Lakin presents A Deep Dive into POV posted at Stay Write Thrive, saying, “One of the most important decisions a writer has to make is regarding what POV she will use for her story or novel—not what character to write in, necessarily, but whether to write in first or third person, and if the latter, what variant of third person to use. Sometimes the reason writers fall into the POV pit is the wrong choice of POV in the first place. They may have chosen to write their novel in first person, but their plot and premise require showing a lot of action involving other characters at times when they are not with the protagonist. More than genre should determine the choice of POV. The primary question is “Which POV choice will best tell this story?” Typically that selection is third individual.”

C. S. Lakin presents How Novelists Can Say Extra with Much less posted at Reside Write Thrive, saying, “The best way to say what you mean is to use only the words you need—the most appropriate words for your context—and discard the rest. Think of the pages of your novel as expensive real estate. Writers who want to write well should aim to be as picky about the words they string together as the foods they eat or the clothes they wear. Pickier. Your novel’s pacing will be greatly affected by word choice. If you bog down your sentences with unnecessary words, your scenes will drag. In addition, using boring, flat, or weak verbs and adjectives will make the reading dull, no matter how exciting your plot might be.”

Colin Dunbar presents Learn how to Begin Writing a E-book posted at, saying, “I know what it’s like – you have this awesome idea, you’re uber excited, but how to start writing a book makes you hit out in a cold sweat…. Maybe you’re nervous. Maybe you’re afraid. Or any other number of reasons.”

Colin Dunbar presents The best way to Write a Ebook posted at, saying, “This article offers you the fundamentals to writing a book. Writing a book is actually a matter of each to his own, but I hope that if you’re thinking of writing your book, the suggestions and ideas here will help.”

David Crumm presents Ideas for Authors: Why your first words matter most. Classes from Journalism, the Pulpit, the Moth and TED posted at Front Edge Publishing Blog, saying, “Veteran writers and editors expect to spend about as much time on the opening and the closing of a project than they do on all the rest of the work.”

Kristina Adams presents Hemingway vs Grammarly posted at The Writer’s Cookbook.

Lisa Tener presents Author’s Block? Perhaps You’re Not Caught at All posted at Lisa Tener’s Writing and Publishing Blog, saying, “Starts with: “I was really stuck last week, but now I’m not as much.””

Louise Harnby presents Utilizing adverbs in fiction writing – clunk versus readability posted at The Parlour, saying, “Adverbs and adverbial phrases sometimes get a bit of a pummelling, and yet they needn’t intrude and shouldn’t be removed indiscriminately. Here’s how to use them purposefully in your writing.”

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky presents Is Your Plot Skeleton Displaying? posted at Mikhaeyla Kopievsky, saying, “The plot is the skeleton of any story, but stories can be exoskeletal (skeleton on the outside) or endoskeletal (skeleton on the inside). And the best ones are endoskeletal – always hinting at the plot (a sense of purpose and direction, a sense of structural integrity and solidity, a sense of shape and dimensions) but never actually shining a direct light on it.”

Zara Altair presents Pink Herrings in Your Thriller posted at Write Time, saying, “Red herrings as the setup for obstacles.”

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The subsequent situation is June 30, 2019 and the deadline for submissions can be June 15, 2019. Don’t miss it!

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