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Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis

Welcome to the articles of Linda Aksomitis, author, travel writer, and e-teacher. Navigate to my books using the green bar above or to other information pages using the blue tabs above. If you’re interested in taking an online class, check out the courses I teach on the right hand navigation bar. My latest blog posts and travel articles from guide2travel.ca appear below on my Rebelmouse page.

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Book Publishing Continues to Change–the Surprising Statistics from 2015 are Out

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in eBooks, Self-Publishing | 2 comments

Book Publishing Continues to Change–the Surprising Statistics from 2015 are Out

Okay, so print is really old news, as you can see from the infographic at the top of the page. However, there’s a twist to the on-going evolution of publishing. Author Earnings calls it the “the law of unintended consequences.” I call it awesome news for indie authors!
And you’re likely dying to know what happened.

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How to Take Control of Your Writer’s Brand at Mid-Career

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Self-Promotion, Social Media | 0 comments

How to Take Control of Your Writer’s Brand at Mid-Career

So let’s go through your “scrapbook” as a mid-career writer, especially if you’re just making that transition from traditional publishing to the Web. You may already have inventoried these things in a CV, or curriculum vitae, that you’ve included along with publisher submissions.

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14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blogging, Website Design Tips, Writing | 6 comments

14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets

Travel bloggers have different ideas on what they’ve done to set themselves apart–meet 14 travel bloggers who share their branding secrets. Travel writing and blogging is an enormous field–Google brings up 399,000,000 results for the term “travel blog” alone. Travel writers who try to cover it “all” end up with a little bit of content to suit a lot of people a little bit of the time. That translates into few regular readers.

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Authors Struggling in a Changing Publishing World

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Authors Struggling in a Changing Publishing World

The new wave of indie authors who’ve become publishers, taking publishing into their own hands, are excited. And why not? They can publish an ebook that appears just a professional as a traditionally published ebook on a shoestring budget, depending on what they’re unable to do themselves so contract out.

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What’s the Difference Between a Reflowable E-Book, a Fixed Format E-Book, and a Responsive E-Book?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in eBooks | 0 comments

What’s the Difference Between a Reflowable E-Book, a Fixed Format E-Book, and a Responsive E-Book?

Ebooks have come a long ways since 2002 when they had just 0.05% of the marketplace! So, it’s likely no surprise that the technology behind ebooks has also come a long ways. This infographic introduces you to the three types of ebooks we see today.

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Why Writing is Like Going to the Gym

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Writing is Like Going to the Gym

Students often felt disillusioned when I sent back edits on their work and suggestions for improvement. They’d come to class, not to learn how to write better, but for me to tell them they were born writers and to submit their work to Publisher X to start their million-dollar careers.

But all writers, just like everyone that gets on those bicycles, have to push and train those muscles to get better. It takes practice, tons of it. Maintaining the status quo may be the easy way to participate, but the most rewards come from the hardest work.

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Branding: What is it and why does it matter to writers?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Self-Promotion | 0 comments

Branding: What is it and why does it matter to writers?

Think of branding as a process of defining your writing with the hopes of creating brand loyalty. You can probably list dozens of brands you’re loyal to, from no-name tomato soup (price) to Pepsi cola (taste) to Stephen King (suspenseful experience). Each brand you favour has particular characteristics that you find consistently in the product, right? Ultimately, that product has a recipe that has been developed and marketed over time. You can do that, too.When you create your brand, you’re stirring together all of the things that make up your writing, past, present, and future.

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FREE Tools to Help You Create a Blog Banner or eBook Cover

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in eBooks, Website Design Tips | 0 comments

FREE Tools to Help You Create a Blog Banner or eBook Cover

Do you know what you want for your ebook cover or blog banner, but don’t have the tools you need? I find that software for special purposes often costs a little more than I’d like to invest–so, my first go-to place is the Web to see what’s out here for free. Here are some of the tools I’ve used that will help you create the perfect header or book cover.

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WARNING: Ignoring These Book Sales Statistics Could Seriously Impact Your Writing Income

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in eBooks, Publishing Tips | 0 comments

WARNING: Ignoring These Book Sales Statistics Could Seriously Impact Your Writing Income

So, to put the Nov/2015 ebook sales analysis done by K-Lytics in earning perspective for authors, if you had a romance novel and a nonfiction law book that both hit #1 in the period above, and earned $1 per book for each sale, you’d earn $6245 a day for the novel and $52 a day for the law book. Quite a difference, isn’t it? But there are more starting stats!

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