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A modest author’s scrapbook of useful discoveries — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

blue eyeI came across Jerry Sims blog a few weeks ago. He describes himself as a relative novice in the world of digital publishing but he’s set himself a challenge for 2014 – to go back over the ground he has covered as a self-published writer and develop a deeper knowledge. His blog is an online scrapbook of what he has discovered.

So what’s he got that could be of interest to you?

How about

  • an app that legitimately allows you to share ebooks with friends

  • 3 easy way to convert your blog into an ebook for free

  • How to put non-Amazon ebooks on your Kindle

  • How to format for Kindle in 30 minutes (video)

Basically, it is a collection of  links to other sites, but it is a useful smorgasbord of information from a writer who goes to a lot of trouble to make them available, but who doesn’t mention  what he is writing about or how we can find his books.  While I’m grateful there is no hard sell, I think he should be more serious about promotion. He is a self-published author – if he doesn’t tell us about his writing who will?

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5 comments on “A modest author’s scrapbook of useful discoveries — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

  1. ann perrin
    March 21, 2014

    I like him already, some people do things for the love or the hell of it, fed up with people indirectly or directly trying to flog me their latest book!
    I was in entertainment, you put on your new show, you got some applause, end of!
    Many of us are driven to write anyway, spread whatever ‘on the water’…. if you write a book and sell a few lucky you! If you if get ‘discovered’ lucky you. Life is a lottery! x

    • bridget whelan
      March 21, 2014

      Yes, life’s a lottery but you have to buy a ticket. Or if you put on a show let people know it’s happening…!

  2. annperrin
    March 21, 2014

    fair enough x

  3. bridget whelan
    March 21, 2014

    But you’re right there’s too much blatant -buy me, buy me. I want to be intrigued, interested, tempted, seduced not told I should. Jerry’s erring on the right side but there would be nothing wrong in him offering a service to readers as he does and mentioning his books as well….

  4. ann perrin
    March 22, 2014

    Of course, now will have to check out his books!! Intrigued x

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