Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing by Rubina Ramesh

 

Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing
by 
Rubina Ramesh

 

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Now that you have decided to become an Indie author, here are a few tools you will need. 




The Topics covered are: 

1. What it takes to be an indie author 
2. Why have you chosen this path? 
3. Components of Indie Publishing 
4. Tools needed for writing. 
5. The Big Eight Brothers of Social Media 
6. Facebook Marketing: Promotional not Ad. 
7. Checklist for Facebook Marketing before your book is published: 
8. The Other Platforms for Marketing 
9. How to start a newsletter? 
10. Different forms of editing. 
11. The art of Cover Making 
12. Formatting of Manuscript 
13. Sample copyright page. 
14. Contacting reviewers 
15. Mind-Blowing Cover Designers’ links 
16. Hashtags for Instagram Marketing and Twitter Marketing 
17.100 Facebook Groups to start off with your Book Marketing 

Hope this book is beneficial to the new authors out there. I, for one, learned a lot while writing and researching about it. 

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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles, she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona.  Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer. 

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Other books in this series
Why Go Indie? 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing  Vol 1
by Devika Fernando
Walking on the Indie Path Vol 2
Can be presently found in her blog www.rubinaramesh.com
by Rubina Ramesh
The Art of Ghostwriting Vol 3
by D. R. Downer
Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP Vol 4
by Sundari Venkatraman
Fears and Doubts of a Writer Vol 5
By Reshma Ranjan
Boosting Book’s Sales with a Riveting Blurb! Vol 6
By Ruchi Singh
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Bound by Forever by MV Kasi

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Bound By Forever by MV Kasi 

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3175 KB
Print Length: 47 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Language: English
ASIN: B07KDZ9X3G
 
Current Ranking on Amazon.in
 
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Historical
#5 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Plays
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Plays
 
Brutal, powerful and demanding are the words used to describe him. He is a man who is used to throwing orders and having people follow them without questions.
 
Beautiful, bold and feisty are the ones used to describe her. She is a woman who is used to bending rules and conventions.
 
They haven’t met before, but they have always known there are to marry each other because of an age-old tradition.
 
Sparks fly when they finally meet. But will they HATE each other? Or fall in LOVE?
 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

A very reclusive author who is always on the bestselling list. Her stories hold passion of a woman and the raw nature of romance. But always (ok mostly) with a twist 🙂 – Rubina Ramesh. 
 

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GET TO KNOW- Keyur Seta

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?

I am a film journalist. I am just a regular person who lives one day at a time. I wish to lead a simple life. During one of my previous jobs, I didn’t enjoy creative freedom. I needed a platform where I could write whatever I wish to. It was a time when blogs were slowly becoming the next big thing. So, I just jumped at the opportunity.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

It’s been 9 years. Started on 4 July 2009.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

Firstly, I can write whatever I want without being answerable to a boss I personally feel it is very necessary to put forward your views on the pressing issues faced by the country or society. I know one opinion from a nobody like me won’t make any difference. But when it is done as a whole by huge number of citizens, it does make an impact.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING?

I love watching movies, singing, cooking and going to places close to nature.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

Follow your heart. Unless blogging is your primary profession and you depend on it to make money, just write whatever you feel like. It is good to take part in contests and tie-ups, but don’t let the brands decide your content.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?

Blog – http://thecommonmanspeaks.com/

Twitter – @keyurhere

Instagram – @mumbaithroughmyeyes

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/keyur.seta

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WHY GOALS ARE HELPFUL

I am a huge fan of goals. I have said before that every year I am all about goals over resolutions. Goals are attainable. I make yearly goals and then monthly goals. These are both to keep me accountable and reach certain points that I want to reach. I have had a lot of people ask me why I do monthly goals, so I wanted to share a bit about why goals are helpful to me. Also, why I feel like by setting monthly goals I make a lot more progress than I would otherwise.

  1. You can divide your yearly goals into 12 attainable parts: If you are making yearly goals at the beginning of each year I find it helpful to also have monthly goals. This is a great way to divide a bigger goal into smaller more attainable parts. For example, last year I had a goal to read a certain amount of books. So each month I set a smaller goal for a small amount of books. If you have a goal to clean out every closet and drawer in your house you can monthly choose one room or section to tackle.
  2. By posting them SOMEWHERE you are holding yourself accountable. I find by posting goals on my blog each month I hold myself accountable. I have to post my progress and pass or fail I need to be honest. This is huge. You are far more likely to accomplish things when you post them out there for the world to see.
  3. You always have something to work towards. I am one of those people who NEEDS something to work towards. In my early twenties I loved running races and completing half marathons and 10K’s. I felt like it always gave me something to work towards. Now, I love having a goal or several goals such as blogging goals, house goals, fitness goals, etc to work towards. It’s very motivating and really makes me feel good about myself.
  4. You can see your progress over time. Being able to look at each month of a year and see what you’ve accomplished is really refreshing. I love to see my progress over each year. I think one of the best things about monthly goals is that you can look back and see that, even if you don’t feel like you accomplished a lot, you see the work there.
  5. You feel a sense of accomplishment. This is motivating in of itself. By feeling accomplished you are far more likely to work even harder to achieve your long term and short term goals. I find when I accomplish all of my goals for a month I set even harder goals for the next month.

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Ways to share your blog post

As a blogger, it might be difficult to bring traffic to your website but if you don’t share your blog posts in the right place then you won’t get much traffic to begin with. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you few ways to share your blog posts effectively!

TWITTER

Starting with the easiest one, Twitter is the best place to share your blog posts! Whenever you publish a new blog post, tweet a link of your post and let your followers know that you have a new post up on the blog. You can add hashtags and retweet accounts which will allow your tweet to be seen by many more people.

PINTEREST

Pinterest is another great way to share your blog post. Create a Pinterest blog post template/graphic and pin it in one of your boards and group boards. If people like your blog post, they will pin it in one of their boards which will make more people see your blog post.

INSTAGRAM

You can post a picture on Instagram and let your followers know that you’ve posted a new blog post. Make sure you add the link in your bio so it’ll be easier for people to click on it.

FACEBOOK

Most people think by Facebook, I mean that you have to share your blog posts on your personal Facebook account which I’m not against it, if you are comfortable your entourage knowing you have a blog.

On the other hand, if you are like me and you don’t want to share it with your family and friends, you can still use Facebook to share your blog posts. Instead of using your private one, create a Facebook page for your blog and share your blog posts there.

GOOGLE PLUS

Google Plus is another great platform to share your blog posts, it’s the same process as the other platforms I’ve mentioned above.

PODS

In addition, you can join a pod and share your blog posts there. It’s the same thing as an Instagram pod but instead of getting a like and comment on an Instagram post, you’ll receive a comment on your blog post.

Joining a pod has its own pros and cons so don’t expect anything before joining one. Also, only join a pod if you like the content of the other bloggers present in the pod otherwise it might turn into forced interaction.

COMMENT THREADS

There are comment threads that are available on Twitter where you can share your blog post and in return you’ll get comments but you have to comment on every single blog post in the thread.

TUMBLR

I know what you’re saying, who still uses Tumblr! But there are still so many people who use it so it’s a great way to share your blog posts.

YOUTUBE

If you have a Youtube channel then why not take advantage of it! Always leave the link of your blog in the description box in every video so people can check out your blog.

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Working from Home – My Experience (2)

Imagine having that total freedom to sleep in every morning instead of spending time in those exhausting traffic jams? Imagine taking vacation whenever you want and having endless opportunities? Working from home does sound like a dream, huh? Too bad the reality is slightly different…

Don’t get me wrong tho. I adore working from home. I feel way more productive at home.

Honestly, I don’t think I would change it for anything else, but we all know working from home comes with its ups and downs.

#1 It Takes More Than Just A Few Hours A Day

Let me break this myth once and for all- working from home ain’t that easy. Most of us chose this type of lifestyle because we’re so extremely passionate about what we do that we don’t mind bringing work to our personal space.

Getting away from your clients and to-do lists it’s hard when you don’t have that physical disconnection from your professional life, so most home-based business owners definitely work more than eight hours a day.

Thus, if you want to start a blog or an online business in order to have more time for yourself- I would think again. At least in the first few years, you really need to focus on doing as much as you can in order to get the ball rolling. The good news is- it gets easier afterwards. Every year I work towards optimizing our business as much as possible, so it brings as much profit with fewer hours put in.

#2 Working In Your Pyjamas Isn’t That Dreamy

Now that doesn’t only contain good breakfast or waking up early, it is also important to actually ‘get ready’ for the day. Putting an outfit together, applying minimal makeup & getting your hair done can instantly get you into that go-getter mood. I didn’t really expect that it can make such a huge difference, but since trying this a few times, I realized how powerful dressing up is. Not only you feel much better about yourself in general, you can also dedicate that extra hour just for yourself every morning.

It is tempting to jump straight on your e-mails first thing in the morning, but it simply isn’t good for your mental state. You need that time to breathe, take things slow and check in with yourself more than you need to answer that urgent e-mail. Trust me, the world won’t collapse if you take a long shower or take time to curl your hair.

#3 It Gets Lonely

When you’re on your own, you might feel a bit lonely sometimes, so if you decide to give this working from home thing a try- make sure you at least have community online or friends that you can share struggles & joys of your work with. We all need that shoulder to cry on when a huge project fails or someone to open a bottle of bubbles with when you hit your monthly target!

#4 Routine Is A Great Thing

Running an online business means that I’m the one in control of my own time. I don’t have an exact schedule of when I need to start/finish my work day, but let me tell you one thing- routine is amazing. Seriously, I have no idea why most people see routine as a negative thing.

The truth is when you have a clear schedule & you manage your time well- routine brings real magic to your life. If you research the way most successful people plan their days out, you would see that all of them actually have a very strict schedule that they tend to stick to no matter what.

Thus, as much as it is nice to know that you have that ability to sleep in on a rainy morning- you will most probably won’t be taking advantage of this very often.

#5 It Helps You Save Money

Not only working for yourself allows you to make more money, it also allows you to save some extra cash! I never actually thought about this when I started, but now, I can definitely see the benefits!

You will be able to make your own lunch, buy less clothing, brew coffee at home and don’t even get me started on those commute expenses!

Depending on your business, working from home can be a great way for you to reach that financial freedom you’ve always dreamed of. You see, not only internet gives you an opportunity for increasing your income, but it also gives you ways to reduce your expenses substantially.

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The Panchatheertha part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal

File Size: 1691 KB
Print Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Language: English
ASIN: B07KSBFTTS
 
Current Ranking on Amazon.in
 
#77 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humour
#1780 in Books > Literature & Fiction
 
The Panchatheertha (five pilgrimages) is an outrageously funny, satirical revision of sections 1 & 2 of The Panchatantra, the masterpiece Vishnu Sharma wrote between 1200 BCE to 300 CE. The stories are primarily about statecraft and full of wisdom and morals. Despite that, youngsters found them very entertaining. In the tales, animals act and speak on behalf of human beings. The series begins with a parent story that unfolds story after story; each strung to the other by a narrator.
 
Vishnu Sharma’s reincarnation Shiva Varma has, in this redraft, revived the ancient Indian tradition of parampara (continuation of knowledge from one guru to the next). In his excitement, he forgot the younger age group of his shishyas (students). His characters now try to explain the motives for their actions, also express their feelings; something The Panchatantra had cleverly avoided doing. Within its pages, animals are still made to think and behave like human beings but have not otherwise been harmed in any way.
 
The Panchatheertha was considered lost but the discovery of two altered strategies ‘The Loss of Friends’ and ‘Gaining Friends’ should create hope within the large and growing community that has had considerable success with the first and complete failure with the second. Those wanting to meet Shiva Varma are hereby informed he dislikes economists, preferring astrology. He is in samadhi (seclusion / deep meditation) and not in hiding.
 
There are many intriguing characters not known to Vishnu Sharma in this adaptation; from a sex consultant plying his trade in the locality Ajilundpenodhoka in district Makasam… to a devadasi (courtesan) wanting to conduct the temple prayers because she is bored… to Sage Narada Muni !!
 
Bibliophiles are urged to read the original Panchatantra (which Shiva Varma did consider including as an appendix), to truly appreciate the extent to which history gets distorted when it is made to explain itself. Historically, the appendix has been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. This is why Shiva Varma chose not to include it… or so he claims.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

“I was born in Chennai, India in the early nineteen sixties.  I now live in Melbourne after a stint of several years in the Middle East.  
 
Writing was a vague aspiration.  It became a reality thanks to a stranger who said I reminded him of the main character from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.  He quoted from it, ‘Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.’”
 

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GET TO KNOW – Sonia Chatterjee

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?

After two post graduate degrees in Chemistry and Management, I went on to head the branches of top Banks like ICICI and HDFC. I had moved out of my home town in 1999 and stayed in various cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mysore until 2016. My husband and I moved back to Kolkata in 2016 with our new born and I decided to take a sabbatical from the corporate world. The plan was to get back to the groove after my son turned two. During this one year period, I rediscovered my love for the written words. I used to maintain a diary after losing my mother in 2011. It used to help me retain my sanity. In 2017, I started soniasmusings.com to ensure my stories had a medium to reach others. It was a tribute to my late mother and a gift for my son. Most of my initial write ups were personal. I started doing reviews of books, restaurants, movies and travel diaries next. I also wrote a few parenting articles and then started voicing my opinion on social issues. Finally, three months back I realised that I love writing fiction and flash fiction posts the most and of late, I have been juggling between fiction and non fiction with a tinge of social messages in between. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

Thirteen months now

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

I love the fact that I am a solopreneur. I take ownership of my work and I choose how and when I work. For me, I’ve always been a night owl. So I mostly write between 12-4 am. These days I’m trying to re-organize my schedule to incorporate some more working hours during the day. But flexibility and the ability to be my own boss really make me happy. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING?

Reading, traveling and penning down detective novels.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

1. Write and publish regularly. When I started out, I had no clue about the quantitative aspects of blogging. But now I know what Alexa Rank means or what DA/PA signifies. Posting at regular intervals helped me in getting this parameters fixed.

2. Create unique and quality content. Even if you are writing stories, the aim should be to either give a social message or let it be a enjoyable read for the audience. This is the most essential parameter.

3. Interact with other bloggers to learn and grow – when I started, I would publish a post and wait for others to read it. It took me six months to realise that you need to read others and engage in meaningful conversations if you want to be read. 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND YOU?

Blog – https://soniasmusings.com

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/soniasmusings

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/soniasmusings

Pinterest – https://in.pinterest.com/sonia_chatterjee

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/soniasmusings

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MORNING HABITS FOR A GREAT DAY

Wake up early: I know I know, sleeping in is the best. Or is it? Do you really feel all that great when you sleep in? Or do you wake up feeling like you’re already running late and then you feel anxious? I do. Wake up early! Start the day off right.

Don’t Snooze: The worst mistake. You never fully fall back to sleep and you’re just prolonging the inevitable.

Stay Off Your Phone: If you can, try to not look at your phone right away. Instead go ahead and jump out of bed.

Get ready: If you are a morning shower person do that. If not: wash your face, brush your teeth, put on makeup if you do, and get dressed. You will feel 100 times more awake.

Exercise: If you don’t have to be somewhere right away try to do some exercise. Even a slow flow yoga or a 20 minute walk!

Eat breakfast: I hear people say all the time they aren’t breakfast people, but it kickstarts your metabolism! TRYYYYY to eat breakfast.

Read: Not necessarily a book but maybe an informative article or just the top headlines of the day. It gets your brain going and then you also know what’s going on in the world for office talk.

Check In With The World: Going off the above, check in and see whats happening in the world.

Check Email: Check your email and try to respond to as many as you can so it’s not stressing you out all day!

Make a to-do list: One of the best things you can do each day is have a to-do list. I honestly don’t know how people function without them. I would forget my head otherwise.

Drink a TON of water: Start the day by drinking a liter of water.

Take Vitamins: I take quite a few vitamins and supplements, but since I started doing that I feel A TON better. Things that were wrong are no longer an issue. Something to look into!

Be early: To work, meetings, coffee dates, whatever. Being early says a lot about you. I love the saying “Being early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.”

Smile: At EVERYONE!

Pay It Forward: Buy someone’s coffee, hold open a door. It will make someones day.

Snack Healthy: When that morning snack time rolls around choose something healthy: nuts, fruit, yogurt, etc. So much better than something processed. Try to drink another liter of water too!

Get ahead: For the rest of the day and the following day. Make your lists, schedule meetings, etc.

What kinds of morning habits for a great day do you have?

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