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Top tips on planning your author school visit

Author school visits are a fantastic way to promote your children’s or YA book. They can do a lot to build your profile and sell books. But what do you actually do? How to you make it work? We’ve put together some tips to help you create an entertaining and effective author school visit. How […]
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Case study: running a free book promotion on Amazon

Many authors run use a free book promotion as an effective tool to market and promote their book. How do you run one? What do you need to consider and how much does it cost? We take you through the steps and results of our free book promotion for Follow the Breadcrumbs. History of Follow […]
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How do I use an Apple Books promo code to get my free book

Apple Books is the digital book reader for iPhones, Macs and iPads. It used to be called iBooks and basically it is the Apple version of the Kindle and Kindle App. Indie Authors frequently distribute Apple Books codes to readers to download and review their books, but how do you get the code to work […]
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10 essential book cover tips for indie authors

Every book needs a cover and in a world where a million books are created every day, your book cover needs to be outstanding. Bleed, margins, spines, embedding fonts, source files, layers, swatches and CMYK vs RGB are just some of the design terms we throw around every day here at Old Mate Media. If […]
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How to convert your children’s book into a children’s book app

If you want to increase the discoverability of your books by the one billion strong Apple iTunes audience, we can help convert it to a children’s book app.   You know what’s really annoying? Apple’s iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, provide the best digital eBook experiences on the market. However, these books […]
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How to get a free IngramSpark title setup

You're an indie author trying to self-publish your book, right? There are many costs to factor in and here we share some easy steps to save potentially hundreds of dollars in fees with IngramSpark.   Updated 3 July 2020 The more money you can save on the logistics of getting your book on sale, the […]
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How to scan your art for print publication – self-publishing tips

If you’re an indie author creating your own art, it’s important to make sure the finished file is actually suitable for publication. As part of our self-publishing tips series, we have a checklist for you to follow.   We work with a lot of authors here at Old Mate Media who create their own art. […]
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How to get a free Readers' Favorite book review

Getting book reviews is one of the most talked about topics in indie self-publishing. So how do you get started?              How do you get those pesky readers and bloggers to review your book? It's a question we all face in the self-publishing scene. We need those star ratings and blog […]
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Top 10 podcasts for indie authors

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Everything indie authors need to know about GDPR privacy laws

The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is now being enforced on all of us who sell books to European readers. So what does that mean for indie authors? A change is coming. It’s a change that impacts all indie authors who have readers that reside in the European Union. It’s called the General Data […]
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