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Paul Teague authorWelcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 6th May, 2017.

This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.

Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.

If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at

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This Week's Talking Points

My Don't Tell Meg & Dead of Night promos

Saturday AM update – I got the book to number 1 in the USA – it has taken over 6000 books to get to Top 3 in the UK, and number 1 in the USA.

Remember, this is free books, not paid, I have to hope that I make my money on buy-throughs over the next couple on months.

I also think that you take a hit on poorer reviews when you give books away – I've no proof of this, just personal experience.

People seem to value things that they pay for more than they do if they're free.

Don't Tell Meg USA Number 1

My Book Gorilla promo – cost $50:

My eBookSoda promo – cost $15:

My FreeBooksy promo – cost $85 – always my first choice of book promo site:


I boosted this Facebook post for £9:

Boosted post

You'll need to squint to see it, but these are my 50 pre-sales:


1) This week's writing progress – 5125 words:

Dead of Night 20k words

2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader – it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:PayPal HERE device

3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway:

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4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast

Podcast promo

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May [Waiting list only]

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd

8) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast:

9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul

Also, this article is really worth reading from the (fabulous) 20boksto50k Facebook group


This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update:

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