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Barwick-in-Elmet Post Office

Fellow author Chris Berry took this photo which provides good excuse to recognise some of the team who on a daily basis despatch my books to customers – Chloe, Chris and Bob. Thank you.

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I seldom recommend specific services to authors but Bryan Cohen has to be an exception. When we had major Amazon KDP problems it was he who helped sort it with Amazon. Anyway his Best Page Forward teaches ads, writes blurbs, and does a whole lot more that’s completely invaluable. Find out how they can help you using this Facebook link:

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Format is a recommended author who chooses and reviews 5 books on a chosen subject. My subject is 5 Books To Make You Love Istanbul – visit

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Meeting venue now The New Inn, Barwick-In-Elmet – The Arabian Horse has closed – hopefully temporarily

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Constantly amazed that having completed the hard graft of writing a book, many authors don’t research indie publishing and end up paying large sums to predatory companies whose main income comes from authors rather than readers. So my response to a Facebook request for information on using Author House (or any other such company) is reproduced below:

First rule is don’t use predatory publishers whose business is making money out of authors rather than readers. Explore and understand indie publishing online with KDP. If you then feel learning publishing skills is too much find a publishing co-operative like us which doesn’t charge you, understanding that marketing your book will be a shared responsibility.

This approach should mean as a writer you don’t shell out money unnecessarily, you have a realistic view of likely sales, and you get a good quality book out reasonably edited and with a good cover, and available at a sensible price people might be prepared to pay  (paperback £5-£9 eBook £1-£3). Job done and nobody feeling scammed.

So, author warning! Talk to New Street Authors or the Alliance of Independent Authors or someone like us ( Whatever you do avoid like the plague all the companies listed below which only exist to make money out of authors: AuthorHouse, Gatekeeper Press, Novum, United p.c., Austin McCauley, Tate, XLibris, America Star Books, Author Solutions, Archway Publishing, Westbow, Balboa Press, Delle Arte Press, Abbott Press, Lulu, Choir Press and many many more  you’ll find listed under Self Publishing on every search engine going.

For more on this subject find this page online:
The Alliance of Independent Author’s Watchdog Desk: Rating the Best and Worst Self-Publishing Services by Laurie Miller
Second paragraph has a link in green font labelled DATABASE

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