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Happy New Year – what’s coming soon…

I do hope it’s a good one for all of you. I’m certainly looking forward to a few exciting moments. My first bit of excitement is the fact that in the UK ALL THREE of my books are currently in the UK Kindle charts, and they are all on offer for just 99p – only a few days left now.

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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

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** Amazon Spring Sale ** Two Rachel Abbott titles for just 99p!

I’m thrilled to report that the Amazon UK Spring Sale includes two of my books – Only the Innocent and The Back Road – both for just 99p each! Only the Innocent was a number one title on Amazon just two years ago – reaching the top spot in February 2012, it stayed there for four weeks. It has over 400 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon, and was the second highest selling self-published title of 2012. A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface – so dark that a man has to die? “A brilliant novel comes along once in awhile and this is it! The pacing, the imagery and the fine writing combine to make this an unforgettable novel.”   The Back Road was launched in February 2013, and moved quickly into the top 20, settling in the top five for the whole of

SLEEP TIGHT: if you can… you never know who’s watching.

As those of you who follow the blog will know, SLEEP TIGHT was launched on 24th February, and went straight into the  top 50 in the Amazon Kindle Chart, and is currently at number 35. It’s number 1 in both the Psychological chart and the Thriller/Crime chart too, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Those of you who have read the book will know that it deals with a difficult, but very real, subject. Without giving too much away (and nothing that isn’t already mentioned in the book blurb), in Sleep Tight, some children go missing. It’s an interesting but sad fact that over 20% of child abduction cases in the UK are by a parent, and another 20% are abducted by somebody known to them. That’s scary in itself, but perhaps not as scary as the fact that the remainder are abducted by strangers. Surprisingly in 2011/2012 there were over

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SLEEP TIGHT – a story of obsession, deception and retribution

PRESS RELEASE – SLEEP TIGHT LAUNCHED TODAY Available for Kindle and in paperback from Amazon worldwide Rachel Abbott, self-published author of best-selling thrillers “Only the Innocent” and “The Back Road”, was inspired by some of her own experiences when writing her new novel, Sleep Tight, published on Monday 24th February. Sleep Tight is the story of an obsession that escalates from persistent stalking to something far more sinister – a powerful compulsion to possess. When the object of such potent emotions is slipping out of reach, tensions mount and control is lost. When Olivia Brookes disappears with her children, her car is still in the garage, and her purse on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers. When asked about the subject of this novel, Abbott said, ‘Being stalked is a