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All the latest news about indie authors and the self-publishing scene so you can stay fully informed.

It's important to keep up to date with all the latest indie author news. It's just not about who is releasing new books and getting essential tips on how to best succeed in your self-publishing journey. Knowing the latest self-publishing news also keeps you informed of new printers, changes in production costs, additional distribution models, government incentives and plenty more. It’s news that can impact your book's chances of success. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a thing.

How print-on-demand works

May 4, 2022 
If you're thinking of self-publishing, using a print-on demand-service is a very cost-effective way of distributing your book. Old Mate Media founder Kate Stead explains how print-on-demand works when using IngramSpark and Amazon's KDP to distribute your book.     Print on demand means that a copy of your book is printed on demand when […]

Author Interview with Philippa Rae

April 27, 2022 
This week's author interview is with Philippa Rae. Philippa talks about her latest book Harold Goes To School, her inspiration for writing, her tips for encouraging children to read and more! Tell us about your book? Harold Goes To School is about a boy called Billy and his pet monster, Harold.  When Billy takes him […]

What is DPI?

March 15, 2022 
If you're publishing a print book or digital book, it's important to know what DPI is and how it affects the artwork in your book. Chris Stead explains what DPI is, what DPI is best for your book, and how to ensure your book's artwork turns out exactly how you want it in the finished […]

Author Interview with Dr. Artika Tyner

March 9, 2022 
This week's author interview is with Dr. Artika Tyner. Through her new children's book Justice Makes a Difference, Artika is on a mission to inspire young people to read and lead to empower social change in their community. Artika talks about her inspiration as an author and shares tips to spark interest in reading amongst […]

What is Bleed?

March 1, 2022 
Understanding bleed is essential when designing the artwork for your book. If you're self-publishing you must take into consideration bleed before you design your book. Learn what bleed is, when bleed becomes an important factor and how to prepare your artwork for your designer in the video below. This blog post is an extension to […]

Important tips for story text in children's books

February 9, 2022 
When placing your story text in the art of your children's book, there are important tips to keep in mind to ensure you don't run into any issues. Chris Stead covers three essential tips you need to keep in mind as you plan the story text to place in the artwork of your children's book. […]

Author Interview with Marie Hernandez

November 2, 2021 
This week's author interview is with Marie Hernandez. All Dogs Don't Bite is a fantastic children's book centred around a dog lover's bad experience with an unfriendly dog and the lessons he learns to take back his confidence. Marie shares helpful dog safety tips that are relevant for all children growing up around dogs. Read […]

The launch of Northern Beaches Creatives - our exciting new project!

October 21, 2021 
If you want to find local creatives to collaborate with or support, then you need local children’s books publisher Old Mate Media’s Northern Beaches Creatives hub. Hear about our exciting new project we’ve just launched.   This week’s article is going to be a little different. That is, it’s not related to indie author publishing. […]

IngramSpark author deadlines for 2021 Christmas book orders

October 11, 2021 
The holiday season is an important time for indie authors and we have some important IngramSpark deadline updates for Christmas book orders. This year has been a whirlwind of highs and lows and most of us have had to adapt as our lives have been turned on their heads. Thanks a bunch COVID! However, normality […]

How to get your book stocked by libraries - CIP blocks and why you need one

September 22, 2021 
If you want to reach the widest possible audience, you need to have your book stocked in libraries. Ensuring your book is catalogued correctly gives your book the best chance of being selected by libraries. Here’s how. Why would you want your book stocked in libraries? In order to reach the widest market for your […]
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