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Why we can’t give you a book layout example before you hire us

By Lis

I’ve just had to have the slightly awkward conversation about why we can’t do a sample book layout for a potential client who is still considering other suppliers, and may not end up working with us. It’s a question that comes up from time-to-time, and is generally asked in good faith by clients who are…

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Congratulations to Beryl Harris – new review for her biography of Dame Cecily Pickerill

By Lis

Marketing is a marathon not a race – our author Beryl Harris has a new review out for her biography of Dame Cecily Pickerill – a pioneering Wellington plastic surgeon. Beryl Harris freely admits she is Dame Cecily Pickerill’s “one woman fan club”: “She was my first boss and went on to mentor me, and…

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Scam, or pushy marketing… Jenkins Group

By Lis

One of our clients contacted us this week, very concerned. She′d received an email offering her a time-sensitive opportunity to have her author page enhanced on both Amazon.com and Goodreads.com — but only if she acted within a few days. Alarm bells were ringing, starting with: HER BOOK WASN’T FOR SALE ON AMAZON! I double-checked though,…

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What’s an ISBN? Do I Need One as a Self-Published Author? (New Zealand Edition)

By Lis

The conversation usually goes something like this. We’re discussing what goes on the copyright page of a book, and we ask if the writer has an ISBN. Cue the discussion whether they need an ISBN, and where they should get one. Let’s face it most of us don’t really think about ISBNs on a daily…

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Pros and Cons of Self Publishing Your eBook ONLY on Amazon (at least initially)

By Lis

I’ve a new rule — if I have to explain the same thing more than twice to different clients in the same week — I’m writing a blog post to refer to in the future, so here we go! Where you want your eBook to be sold is an important decision: it determines which formats you need, and…

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Printing Costs for Books in New Zealand are Too High

By Lis

Updated October 2018 – to reflect current exchange rates and changes at Amazon  Today, while  procrastinating on the Interwebs,  I  saw an ad on a New Zealand website for a local printer. The business involved provides an on-line calculator for the costs of printing a book with them. Curious, I ran the figures — assuming a…

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Hi and Welcome to DIY Publishing!

By Lis

Hi and thanks for stopping by! We’re aren’t quite ready yet — but what website ever is? Lis and Kris are just too excited to not talk about our little baby DIYPublishing — so it seemed we needed to get this website alive. Our aim is to inform and assist writers who want to get their book…

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