How to Write Awesome Dialogues


Today I’m going to consider one of the most interesting and at the same time the most difficult elements of the text, which is the dialogue. Perhaps, some of you will wonder, saying, what’s so hard in writing dialogues?

Often, novice authors treat dialogues to be the part of the text where they can rest after long and dreary descriptions or philosophical reasoning. But are dialogues as easy as they seem? Let’s consider signs of a poor dialogue and try to change it for the better. Continue reading How to Write Awesome Dialogues

Facebook for Self-published Writers. The good, the bad and the ugly…

Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms and automatically most people think they need to be on it to harness all the power it gives you. Unfortunately, disappointment is hard to avoid  when you do not get instant results. The truth is, it can be very beneficial, however, only if you know how to squeeze the most out of it. Here are the good, the bad and the ugly things about Facebook that I think you will find useful.  Continue reading Facebook for Self-published Writers. The good, the bad and the ugly…

The Power of an Author – Mentor Relationship and how it all Works

Have you ever considered having a mentor who could help you with your
writing? This Week at BookGarage we’re talking to Paula Marie Coomer, author and poet, who JaggedEdge_Updated-700x1083is also a long-time university writing instructor, author mentor, and vegan lifestyle enthusiast. Paula’s first novel,
Dove Creek (2010) was featured at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2011 Fall Tradeshow. Second editions of her memoir Blue Moon Vegetarian and cookbook Blue Moon Vegan have just been re-released from Fawkes Press. Her latest novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky, is a nominee for the Pulitzer, among other awards. Paula’s other books include a collection of short stories and two books of poems. She has supported many aspiring authors through her weekly Author Town Hall which you as a BookGarage member can get access to for free. BookGarage Members receive a 10% discount on her other programs. Today we are discussing the challenges of writing, author mentoring, and how to get the best use of having a mentor. Continue reading The Power of an Author – Mentor Relationship and how it all Works

What Self-published Authors Need to Know about the Book Market and Current Needs of Readers

2016 Look at the Book Market

Once a book is written and ready to publish, authors enter the book market excited to connect with readers. The reality is, it’s very difficult to reach readers and write at the same time. Aside from the time commitment involved for writing and marketing, authors have to factor in third-party companies dictating terms of sale while preventing direct relationships with customers (readers).

Previously authors had a tough time becoming published, now they have a tough time being discovered. More and more books are published every year, especially as self-publishing proliferates. As more and more content is available, readers have a tougher time finding relevant content and authors have a tougher time being discovered by those very readers.

The problem is two-sided: Authors want to be discovered while readers want to find and receive books from their favorite genres quickly and without hassle. Meanwhile, the market continues to increase in size every year adding more choices for readers.

2016 Current needs of readers

InstaFreebie has a really wide variety of readers, some who consume books daily across many genres. Some readers are avid romance readers, while others read from any genre imaginable. Ultimately, readers are always looking for new content relevant to their interests.

Readers are always looking for new content relevant to their interests.

● Read on any device or app

● Receive books quickly without hassle

● Save books to their libraries

● Leave reviews

● Escape their busy day through your story

● Discover new authors

● Enjoy rewards from authors they follow.

The biggest pain point for readers is downloading content where they want to read. Readers won’t change their reading habits. They want books delivered where they read, not where they are told. Our community members receive content how they want it –Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apps, browsers, etc.

Why sharing exclusive content with your most loyal readers is important

People generally want to be the first to discover something, which is why sharing is so important. Authors who share exclusive sneak peeks, advanced access, and special giveaways are able to engage their audience of loyal fans with special content. They feel special and are excited to get something others may not have seen yet. Readers are then encouraged to share it first with their friends because they have something new, creating authentic buzz and visibility. We want authors to be successful and we believe better discoverability is the key.


InstaFreebie is the the book world’s leading digital audience development platform for authors and publishers to deliver exclusive content to highly engaged readers, increasing pre-orders, sales, customer retention and personalised customer relationships. With an organic community of readers that grows daily in numbers and influence, instaFreebie provides unparalleled marketing reach and impact. This community is dedicated to reading and discussing literary content – making instaFreebie a platform that generates both print and digital revenue for publishers. This audience creates authentic buzz and visibility since they see a book first, recommend it first, and review it first.


Ashley Durrer is anAshley Durrer alum from Northeastern University, worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston developing and implementing programs and support for the Accessibility department. Now an entrepreneur, she is currently focused on innovating in the publishing industry for content creators in order to empower them to focus on creating wonderful written works. You can get in touch with Ashley via twitter: @AshARTGallery


Writing, Marketing and the Future of Self-publishing with Adam Croft

13001163_1143687128998119_2702305155815185719_nThis week at BookGarage we are talking to Adam Croft, one of the most successful independently published authors in the world. Adam’s latest DIY thriller, Her Last Tomorrow, has sold more than 100,000 copies across all platforms and become one of the bestselling books of the year, reaching the top ten in the overall Amazon Kindle chart and peaking at number twelve in the combined paperback fiction and non-fiction chart. Today we are discussing writing, book marketing and the future of self-publishing. Continue reading Writing, Marketing and the Future of Self-publishing with Adam Croft

Professional Help vs ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Approach with Rachel Abbott

e368e1_2d0eedb8cba74d54815b097740c1fa22This week we have a very special guest at BookGarage. We are talking to Rachel Abbott, an incredibly successful self-published author who has just completed her sixth novel. In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK’s bestsellling independent author over the last five years! Rachel launched her first novel Only the Innocent in November 2011. The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later. Her sixth book, Kill Me Again, has been recently launched, you can watch the book trailer below.

Keep reading to find out Rachel’s insights on self-publishing, the importance of a good book cover, social media, and why authors need to get professional help rather than follow a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ approach. Continue reading Professional Help vs ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Approach with Rachel Abbott

In the Corner of… Davide Giglioli

copy of 6475Today, BookGarage welcomes author Davide Giglioli to the Corner. 

Hello, Davide, and welcome here.

You’ve had the first book project done in BookGarage, which is also your most recent release…

Indeed. In November 2015 “The girl who stood up men” has been launched on Amazon. It is the English version of my first book “La fille qui posait des lapins” (published in Switzerland by Torticolis et Frères in September 2014), a bilingual fiction novel (French and Italian). Continue reading In the Corner of… Davide Giglioli

A Realistic Twitter Approach for Self-published Writers that Works!

The majority of self-published authors are quite social media savvy nowadays. If you managed to publish an e-book yourself, using twitter might look like piece of cake, however, very often it seems like rocket science instead… There is so much noise and spam going on in the twitter world that you might end up crying “Buy my book!!!!” very loud in despair to be heard without any measurable results. In this blog post we will discuss a step by step approach that you could use to promote your books and build a twitter audience rather than empty theories. I suggest you give it a good try and see if it’s working for you and if twitter is the right platform to be on. So, without further ado let’s get right to it! Continue reading A Realistic Twitter Approach for Self-published Writers that Works!

Switching from Traditional to Self-publishing

Self-publDSC_0062ishing has sky-rocketed over the past five years, thanks to the application of digital technology to the publishing process. This has made it possible for a lot of great books that have been declined by traditional publishers (sometimes without any particular reason…) to see the day light and find their readers. If you should self-publish your next book, or know someone who is considering this, you are at the right place. Today we are speaking to Louise Walters, who published her first novel Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase with Hodder in 2014. Louise has decided to switch from traditional to self-publishing when her second novel was declined and she did not want to give up on it. Louise has written explicitly about her experience at the Guardian, on her blog and is happy to share it with BookGarage readers. Continue reading Switching from Traditional to Self-publishing

Social Media Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors

Social media is one of the most powerful tools in terms of getting you and your work noticed. However, a lot of authors don’t feel comfortable promoting themselves online and feel overwhelmed with the variety of social media platforms. The truth is, you don’t have time to be sucked into Facebook and spend countless hours on twitter trying to figure out why your followers/likes are not increasing when you have a novel to finish. A lot of writers end up using marketing as an excuse for their procrastination or writer’s block but we all know that just scrolling down the Facebook feed or peeping on your friends photos will not get you very far… Let me introduce you to a couple of clear, step by step tips that will help you save time and connect all the dots in the right order when it comes to social media. Continue reading Social Media Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors