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Burma Update

Hi Everyone, Since Alexandra kindly updated this blog to let you know that I couldn’t post anything from Burma (Myanmar) I have since arrived home – so we’re going to pretend that I went two weeks later! The posts will start in a couple of days, and take you right through the trip. I do hope you enjoy. Alexandra’s message while I was away: This is Alexandra – Rachel’s assistant. Rachel asked me to apologise for the silence on the blog. There is no internet access on her trip. She is writing the blog daily, but can’t upload it, so is going to wait until she has a decent signal. Then the posts will begin. Sorry about this – Burma isn’t quite up to speed on the internet!

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The Burma Experience – The Adventure Begins

The first stage of my trip to Burma began today with a very unexciting flight from Manchester to London. Now’s the time to wonder whether I’ve actually done everything that I needed to for this trip. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before – especially on my own, so now I have lists to check and tablets to take! 

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Reedsy and the changing world of indie publishing

I know that many of my readers are also writers who either already self-publish or are hoping to do so in the future. So when I came across Reedsy, I asked them to write a blog post to tell us all about their site, and what they have to offer. I hope it’s useful. When new writers decide that they want to write a book and publish it independently, many of them aren’t aware of just how much work it takes. Aside from the actual writing, there are so many other challenges that we face. How do you go about editing the book, or creating a cover, or getting it noticed once it is out there? As more and more writers choose to publish independently and the market becomes more crowded, it seems that these challenges will be greater in the future than ever before. We all need honest advice from people

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Sleep Tight – just $1.99 on Amazon US for limited period

This week, Sleep Tight, has been chosen for an Amazon promotion in the US and is being offered at $1.99 instead of the usual $4.99, and I just wanted to talk to other authors about why this is such a good thing. We have all seen books shoot up the charts to the number one position when they go into an Amazon Daily Deal – and it’s really great to see your book flying high. But in my experience, the Daily Deals fall as fast as they rise. The good thing is that on the way down – while they are still visible – they are earning royalties on the full price rather than the offer price.

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Self-publishing – A one day course by Rachel Abbott

If there is one email that I receive more often than any other, it’s one that asks, “Can you please tell me how to sell more books?” – and it’s a really difficult question to answer. Being successful as a self-published author is not easy. With over two million books on Amazon, it’s hugely difficult to get noticed, and I appreciate that I am one of the lucky ones that has – until now at least – been fortunate enough to sell a lot of books. According to the Daily Telegraph, I am the top-selling self-published author in 2014 to date on Amazon UK, which is a huge honour against some very fierce competition. But it wasn’t easy. I worked long hours, ate lots of biscuits, put on a ton of weight – all to try to get my first book noticed.

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Amazon special offer on SLEEP TIGHT!

I am delighted to say that as of today, Sleep Tight has been selected for an Amazon UK deal, and has the massively discounted price of just 99p (normal price £2.99).  Check it out here. For those of you who follow this blog, you will be aware that Sleep Tight is my third novel, and I am thrilled with the response of readers around the world. To those of you who have supported me with your recommendations and reviews, a huge thank you.

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A Day In The Life of Author Julie Shackman

Julie Shackman trained as a journalist, but in her own words “writing romance has always been a dream of mine.” When she doesn’t have her head in a book or is drafting one, she writes verses and captions for greetings card companies. Rock my World  is her first contemporary romance novel, but book number two is already finished, and she is busy researching her third. My typical day usually starts around 7am, in a blur of cereal, school uniforms and shouts of “Are you up yet?” and “Who’s in the bathroom?” Once my Husband leaves for work (or escapes, depending on your point of view) it’s a case of herding our two sons towards the general direction of the front door for school. During all this, I’m thinking about what writing I have to do for the day, whether it’s a guest post, novel writing or a new brief for coming up

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**AMAZON BIG DEAL** Sleep Tight for just $0.99!!

I’m delighted to say that the AMAZON BIG DEAL on Amazon.com has featured Sleep Tight for the last ten days, and it has been a huge success. But there are only three days left!! Sleep Tight has been a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, going into the UK charts two days before release, and staying there ever since. With 146 five star reviews in the US and 217 in the UK and an average of 4.6 stars in total, I am delighted to have had so much support from readers for this book.  Your feedback has been astonishing and delightful. It’s hard to pick a favourite review, but I love the heading Darkly Brilliant from one reviewer. I think one of my favourite review sections come from an Amazon top 50 reviewer who says: “The narrative is ingeniously created maintaining a page-turning tension that is riveting right up to the pulsating nail-biting climax. The characters