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A Life Singular – Part Four is ready and waiting!

Woohoo! Part Four is finished, out and proud 🙂  Please check the store page for details.  As soon as CreateSpace has reviewed the files, I’ll publish the Amazon ASIN.  Thank you for being patient while my life got in the way of writing deadlines! For a sneak preview, please check here.

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Where do readers go to choose their next book?

Hi indie-author friends, I came across this very interesting article today that might influence our marketing efforts –http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/poll-where-do-you-hear-about-new-e-books. According to the article’s author, the survey respondents come from the US, Canada, Australia and European markets (although it’s not known in which proportion).  It shows statistics on the most popular sources for reader inspiration: #1 – …
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Radio interview on WebbWeaver Books

Hello everyone, Stormy weather in Melbourne lately!  Hope you’re all safe and warm, but not too warm, wherever you are… Today I had the honour of talking about and reading from “A Life Singular – Part One” on CK Webb and DJWeaver’s radio show in the US. Please listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2015/02/13/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-lorraine-pestell This about wraps up …
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New website for Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day! To celebrate a long weekend of editing “A Life Singular – Part Four”, I decided to take a break and re-organise my web presence.  I have consolidated the website at ALifeSingular.net and my blog at ALifeSingular.com into a one-stop shop for all things authorly. Please navigate around the main site: Home – landing page …
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Ending the year with good news!

Season’s greetings! With everyone winding down now for a well-deserved break, some by the fire and some on the beach, I am humbled to announce three pieces of great news for my writing. Firstly, “A Life Singular – Part One” has been judged a Notable Indie Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2015), and I …
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Very cool editing tool – Text to Speech Translator

Hello everyone! Firstly, apologies for the prolonged bloggio silence. My social media obligations have suffered lately due to so many more immediate demands on my time, such as work and interstate visitors 🙂 With my next writing deadline fast approaching, I’m deep into editing “A Life Singular – Part Three”, which I have commenced through …
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Work-in-Progress

This post represents my final leap on the current round of Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, where we are all presenting our Works-in-Progress.  I have enjoyed being part of this bouncing band of blogging bookists, and hope we have more opportunities in the future to air our extremely diverse views!  If you have enjoyed these fortnightly blasts too, …
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Great, new, professionally-designed covers!

Very exciting!  Thanks to the wonderful Ida Jansson of Amygdala Design in Norway, here are the covers for all six parts of my serial “A Life Singular”. If you’re looking for a creative partner, I can’t recommend Ida highly enough!

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Re-blogged interview from my host, The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site

Hello! The end of January already!  Where did that month go? I’m halfway through my first book blog tour, put together by Fire and Ice (please see this link for the remaining dates).  Today’s stop is at The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site (http://selfpublishingindieauthors.blogspot.com.au/), whom I thank for publishing my Qs&As.  Here is a transcript, which …
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My first book blog tour is live!

Hi all, Hope life is treating you well.  Yesterday (Australian time) saw the first day of my month-long book blog tour.  I have never done one of these before, so I’m looking forward to it immensely. If you’re interested, please check out the following site:  http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/contemporary-fiction-book-tour-and-giveaway-a-life-singular-part-one-by-lorraine-pestell-tour-dates-12114-21814/ I’m giving away an e-book version of “A Life …
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Consolidation of book reviews across Amazon’s international “stores”

A question for my author friends: I’m wondering if anyone outside the US has solved the problem of book reviews provided by readers in regional markets not displaying in all “stores”?  This appears to disadvantage non-US authors, especially those from smaller markets like Australia / New Zealand. Amazon.com.au has been up and running for a …
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E-book Freebies !!

Thanks very much to everyone for supporting me in my author efforts this year.  This post is to let you know that both Part One and Part Two of the A Life Singular serial will be available from Amazon for free on 7th and 8th January 2014, from their regular price of $3.99. The link …
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Censorship of sexual content by self-publishing company

Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based readers, and happy weekend to everyone else! Today I’m calling out for ideas, similar experiences or advice when dealing with the self-publishing company I am using to create soft-cover books for my “A Life Singular” serial.  I have submitted the manuscript and cover design for Part Two of …
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Fantastic books for indie authors

Hi everyone, I have just finished reading two excellent books by Barb Drozdowich on Book Bloggers and how indie authors can maximise the power of social media.  I cannot thank Barb enough for the insights, practical suggestions and humour in these books, which have reignited my enthusiasm for the countless hours it takes to promote …
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First book launch in Perth!

Well, despite torrential rain and some dubious Google Maps directions to the venue, my first ever book launch was a success!  We didn’t run out of food or drink, and I sold around 40 copies of “A Life Singular – Part One”. My computer froze and the videographer didn’t turn up, but otherwise all went …
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The self-publishing journey so far…

How grateful I am for my background in IT project management, having reached another milestone of self-publishing via Xlibris, from which I will soon add “real” books to my e-inventory! I’d love to hear from other authors, to see if you have any tips and tricks! So far I have encountered some predictable and other …
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Welcome to A Life Singular’s blog

Created a blog today, to be attached to www.ALifeSingular.net, for readers and other interested parties to share information about my upcoming series of six novels.  I’d love to hear from anyone who has comments on the website, the free downloadable chapters or the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ALifeSingular.

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