No Such Thing As A Free Book

I have over a hundred books in my Kindle cloud. Probably more than two hundred. I don’t know the exact number but trust me when I say there are lots. And I’ve paid for only a fraction of these. Before you go getting your knickers in a twist, I came by each and every one by legitimate means: because I review them on my blog I have many books sent to me by authors and I have around 30 digital ARCs from NetGalley which have been read and reviewed, or are in the queue to be so. But by far, the greatest number of titles on my Kindle have been free and I have read very few of them. From today, I’m not going to download any more free books and once I tell you why, I hope that you’ll join me. The rationale behind giving one’s work away for free is to get noticed. Sell...

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The Cover

My short story collection is a whole mix of genres: it may even shock you to know that there’s a couple of romance stories in there too. I know! But most of what I write tends towards the dark and humorous and I felt the cover should reflect this. I didn’t want to have an image that parodied itself by trying to show too many things at once, so I chose my favourite story from the collection, a tale of horror called ‘And The Angels Cried’, and tried to convey the mood of it. Thanks to Doctor Who in general and the Blink episode in particular, angel statuary has become very scary and seemed the obvious choice as the central image. Yes, I designed the cover myself. Would I like to have hired a designer? You betcha! But that will be for future...

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Dipping A Toe in the Self-Published Water

It has taken me a long time of debating with myself whether or not to self publish my short stories. Part of me worries that they’re not good enough; part of me worries that I will be tarred with the same brush as some self-publishers who are happy to put their names to low quality drivel. (Please note I said ‘some’ – I have read just as many good self-pubbed books as bad ones.) But if I don’t have confidence in my own work, how can I expect other publishers to? So, having spent time going over my fiction and selecting those I truly believe to be my best, “And The Angels Cried and other stories” should be available for the Kindle soon. My book will be a collection of short and flash fiction and cover a variety of genre...

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Reading a Book: it’s a journey, innit?

Are you a corner folder, an enveloper or a proper bookmarker? I want to know how you keep your place when you are reading. For years and years I would place whatever I had to hand between the most recently read pages of my book, reluctant to do anything to damage it. I love my books; I define myself by my books and have bookcases in almost every room of the house, each one full to brimming, as well as a Kindle stuffed with titles yet to read. Why would I want to vandalise something which means so much to me? Then I started to share books with my daughter. While she was always respectful of my books, when I borrowed one of hers it was dog-eared, spine-concertinaed and the pages annotated by her thoughts on the text. The book was totally and irrevocably Claire’s...

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Amazon Web Splash: Help Talli Roland hot the Bestseller List

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] Help Talli Roland’s debut novel THE HATING GAME hit the Kindle bestseller list at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up the rankings, making it more visible to other readers. Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/hNBkJk Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/hX2ieD No Kindle? Download a free app at Amazon for Mac, iPhone, PC, Android and more. Coming soon in paperback. Keep up with the latest at www.talliroland.com. About THE HATING GAME: When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she’s confident she’ll sail through to the end without letting down...

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