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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.

The rules for art and text layout in children’s picture book design

June 24, 2021 
When creating illustrations for your children’s picture book, there are essential tips you must keep in mind to get it ready for design. Are you an author creating a children’s picture book? If so, then you’re aware that – unlike other genres – your story is more than just text. It’s also told in illustration. […]

How to register your book in Australia

June 17, 2021 
As an Australian author, registering your book helps increase its visibility to libraries and booksellers.   Where do you register your book in Australia? In Australia, registration is done before publication through the National Library of Australia. The service is called the Prepublication Data Service (recently renamed from Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)). This is a free service […]

Author Interview with Imogen Paige

Author Interview with Imogen Paige Today's interview covers a difficult topic - but a very important one. Imogen Paige's new book provides a relatable story to give hope to children experiencing child abuse at home. Discover more in our interview.   Tell us about your book? Lancelottie and the Three Scares is a modern-day, Arthurian […]

How to get a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN)

May 31, 2021 
A Library of Congress Control Number provides an important cataloguing option for print books published in the United States. Discover why it is important and how you can get one for your book.   What is a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN)? This free number is a unique identification of your work. It is […]

KDP vs IngramSpark pros and cons: Updated 2021

May 19, 2021 
Of the two giants in the indie author print-on-demand scene, KDP vs IngramSpark, which is better? Here’s everything you need to know. As an indie author, you’ve surely heard of Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s the name given to Amazon’s book publishing portal and the direct means for self-published indie authors to get their title on […]

5 ways to build a successful author brand identity

May 13, 2021 
If you want success as an indie author, you're going to have to build a strong author brand identity. Here's how you can do it. We're delighted to welcome Anna Jonak from The Elevatory as a guest author to the blog to share her 5 key elements to building a strong brand identity for your […]

KDP now printing in Australia: Why it's big news for self-published authors

May 7, 2021 
Australian and international authors can now sell print books into Australia directly via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is Amazon’s book publishing service: we’re sure you’ve heard of it. KDP enables authors to self-publish their books online and sell them on Amazon in print and digital forms. But while readers can purchase […]

Author Interview with Tony Lee Moral

April 29, 2021 
Today we're talking to Tony Lee Moral. Tony is an accomplished author who has written books across multiple genres, including mystery and suspense, natural history, young adult and now children's fiction. Discover more about his publishing journey in our interview. How many books have you written and how many have you published? I’ve written 8 […]

Our new website is live!

March 22, 2021 
Old Mate Media, a specialist in children's book publishing services and indie author coaching, has launed a brand new website. We are delighted to celebrate the launch of the new Old Mate Media website. A long time in the making, this new site will help us to bring to life many of our ideas to […]

Superheroes Wear Masks children’s picture book out now

December 27, 2020 
Award-winning author Chris Stead releases Superheroes Wear Masks, a children’s picture book that helps kids deal with their COVID anxiety. There are very few people in the world that haven’t been impacted by COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. For adults it has been hard going, but at least mature humans have a better chance of […]
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