For Lockie …

It is with great sadness I read today that we lost Author Lockard F. Young, or Lockie, as we called him.
I never met Lockie – and still, I considered him an amazing friend, encouraging, supportive, always there, no matter what was coming up, to comfort, to laugh, to help…
I am very sad – and my thoughts are with him – and his family these days.
R.I.P. Lockie!
Thank you, Susan Toy, for the amazing tribute to Lockie!

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It was with great sadness and a heavy heart I received the news yesterday morning from a mutual friend that author Lockard F. Young, or Lockie as he was know to all of us, had died in hospital, surrounded by his family. I like to think Lockie was also surrounded – via the internet – by the community of writers and readers that had been drawn to him. I for one counted Lockie as a very close member among my own “family” of writers, and he was valued here on Reading Recommendations for his support of me, this blog, and his fellow authors, as well as for his writing, his striving desire to perfect that craft, and his general good humour and comraderie – in spite of all he was suffering healthwise.

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Lockie’s was one of the early promotions I posted here after I first set up the blog in…

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10 Data Sources That Self-publishing Authors Should Update Before Year End

Chris, The Story Reading Ape, published an extract of Debbie Young’s blog post about a list self publishing authors need to update end of the year. Thank you Chris – and thank you Debbie! This is very useful!

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Extract from an article by Debbie Young on Self Publishing Advice Site:

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As indie authors, whenever we launch a new book, we spend a lot of time and effort choosing and inputting marketing-friendly metadata about our new books on our accounts with our chosen distributors, such as CreateSpace, KDP, Ingram Spark, and Draft2Digital.

However, it’s easy to forget to update other records about our books and ourselves that if regularly revised will help boost our sales.

With the year end approaching, now’s a good time to take stock and get tweaking. Here’s a checklist to start you off.

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How Not to Get Overwhelmed: ISBNs

Rachael Ritchey has published a phenomenal post about ISBN’s for us new authors. Thank you very much Rachael!

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Sorry there’s been such a delay in getting on to the next chunk of this indie publishing break down! Life has been full. But you might be struggling with this whole ISBN business. I want to help you as much as I can. Here in the US, we have to buy our ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers). In some countries you do not, like Canada. It’s currently December, so I don’t recommend moving there right now. . . .

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If you’ve missed any of the previous articles in the How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing series, here is the list of what we have been and are covering:

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…self-publishing Authors… are marketing and free Auntie Amazon promos worth it?…

Thank you very much, Seumas Gallacher, for sharing your experience! I, as a newbie, am grateful to have you! 🙂

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…most of my wunnerful scribbler friends on the Web enjoy the creative writing side of the business, but that same 99.99% are also delighted when the Auntie Amazon sales pages are ticking upward… and this ol’ Jurassic is no different… those of yeez who honour me by reading these blogs regularly will know that I’m not shy in pushing my wee literary masterpieces… I’ve often pointed to the fact that in the modern self-publishingor ‘house-published’WURLD, the Author/Authoress has to be multifaceted… writer/editor/copywriter/proofreader/cover art designer/formatter/advertiser/promoter to get heard amidst the Blogosphere din… I’m not advocating spamming… far from it.. spamming turns more people off than it brings aboard… but I mean properly presented programs to put yer WURK in front of potential readers… I’ve just completed a five-day free promo on Amazon Kindlefor KILLER CITY, the second most recent of my titles… I chose that title because…

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