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Author Spotlight – Wendy Unsworth

Thank you so much to Aurora Jean at The Writer’s Treasure Chest for this feature about my work today!

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Welcome! 

Please introduce yourself. 

Hello and thank you so much for inviting me here today.

My name is Wendy Unsworth. I am originally from Lincolnshire in the north east of England but I haven’t lived there since my twenties. A lifelong love and curiosity about travel has taken me and my family to many places and for thirteen years we lived in Central and East  Africa. We returned to England and spent some years in Cornwall and made our home in a cottage that was built in 1750. There are good and bad points in living in such an old property, but mostly good! These days I spend my time between Scotland  and the wilds of Portugal as we have family in both of those countries.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

Reading interviews such as these, it’s interesting to note that most authors tend to say that…

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Creating a Universal Amazon Link – One Link Amazon Sites in all Countries

I signed up to Booklinker the last time Don posted about this great service. It is such a time-saver!

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I posted this tip a while ago and got some positive feedback. If you set up buying links for your books, many of you are probably posting Amazon links for each country that you think your book will likely realize some sales.

There is no need to do this.

I was getting frustrated when I ran a free book promotion weekend and experimented with placing a Facebook ad that reached out to multiple countries. My dilemma with doing this is that I didn’t have a way to post all of the links for the various Amazon sites in other countries on my ad without it looking clumsy.

I searched for a way to create a universal link for my book. A universal link, when clicked by a potential reader, is designed to take them to my book on the appropriate Amazon page for their country.

All they needed to do was…

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A typical day in the life of a #BookBlogger (in this instance ME!)

A very interesting post on a day in the life of a book blogger. All I can say is – thank goodness for them, please keep up the good work!

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I have found myself a little shocked recently at how much book bloggers are seen as people who gain in some way from what they do. So I thought I’d do something a little different today with this post and try to explain what I do as a blogger and how it is for me personally, Mrs Typical Book Blogger.

BUT YOU ONLY DO IT FOR THE FREE BOOKS, DON’T YOU?!?

Eh……NO!! And I probably don’t get as many books as you think. I’m a member of netgalley and get the majority of my review books from there. I’m not autoapproved by lots of publishers on there either-only two major ones Bookouture and Penguin Michael Joseph. And I only got the MJ one due to an email asking them what I could do to my profile to improve my chances of approval as they always declined my requests. And I…

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ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP? ( 2 minute read)

A useful reminder to all writers ( and anyone else) who is tempted to ‘just keep going’ Get some rest!

Don Cormier

In our culture, sleep is not respected very much at all. We are programmed with the idea that to be successful, we need to sleep less, and we can catch up on all the sleep we want when we’re dead. Getting enough sleep is just as important as good nutrition and physical activity. It’s our most underrated health habit.

Today much of our society is still operating under the delusion that sleep is simply time lost to other pursuits. The big challenge is that in our fast paced world today, millions of people are chronically sleep deprived and suffering the effects of getting low sleep quality. Most people don’t realize that their continuous sleep problems are also a stimulant for diseases and appearance issues they’re experiencing. In a society that’s overworked and under-rested, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to issues associated with not getting the sleep that…

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No author is an island …

Some very sound advice from Susan Toy, a great supporter of Indie authors.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I finished reading a book on marketing that, while good, worthwhile, and filled with lots of ideas and information (much of which I already use) to get your book out there and selling, it fell short, in my estimation.

Yes, it discussed the importance of building a fan base and giving fans what they want, and it also suggested one way of developing your career as being to call on others more experienced in your field and essentially “use” them and their influence to get ahead (something I didn’t particularly agree with).

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But where the book fell short was in not once mentioning the importance of “promoting the writing and books of other authors” or in working with other authors to create a community in which all can thrive. Authors who read and follow the advice in this book will come out looking like lone wolves grasping after sales alone…

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Sick of Amazon’s BS?

Kyle Perkins has provided some very useful instructions on how to sell books from your own site. Thank you, Kyle!

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins

Technically, you don’t have to deal with them. What’s stopping you from selling your books on your own site? Well, the answer is “nothing really,” but you have to be a little crafty.

One of the most obvious things you can do, is use sites like Smashwords, though you’ll still have to give up royalties.

Warning: If you do choose to sell your own books on your site while under contract with Kindle Unlimited, it can and likely will get your books pulled. (Same goes for putting it on Smashwords)

Second Warning: You lose your traffic and what you have built on Amazon’s platform.

That being said, how many books does Amazon really help you sell? Most of the books that indie authors sell are from the indie author’s hard work, and self promotion. You don’t really need Amazon for that, but people are more likely to…

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GoReadMe! Campaign – Susan M. Toy’s books

I had the pleasure to take part in the first GoReadMe campaign – take a look!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

In August this year, I had a great idea … and the very kind Seumas Gallacher allowed me space on his blog to not only write about the GoReadMe! Campaign, but also offered to be the first to have his books promoted using it.

He’s a brave man! While we may not have reached the target of readers we wished to attract within the time period we allowed, there were a fair number of new readers who discovered Gallacher’s books through this promotion, so I was pleased with the response.

I’m back now to do the same for my own writing, since I recently published a new novel in the Bequia Perspectives series. Here’s the background to the idea:

First, let’s go back a little way in time to a blog post I published in March of this year on the perennial subject that’s of interest to all authors…

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