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Amazon Self Publishing Vs Self Publishing Companies And How To Self Publish A Book – Authors In Chains Ep2

Authors In Chains - Amazon Self PublishingIn episode 2 of the Authors In Chains Podcast we cover “Amazon self Publishing Vs Self Publishing Companies And How To Self Publish A Book.”

Raymond Bayly self publishes through amazon and puts out softcovers. Robert Davies has gone with an indie publisher, so what are the perks of that? Ray Burton hasn’t got a clue other than uploading a doc to make an ebook version. JRR is in the process and looking at options. Let learn about self-publishing.

What follows are my notes, what I’ll be taking action on and of course – the podcast. You can also always get a copy of the podcast on the main site for us four monkeys at

Here are each of our twitter handles:
J.R.Rioux @JRRioux_Author
Raymond Bayly @raymondbayly
Robert Davies @rcdaviesbooks
Me – Ray Burton @RayBurton

Twitter For Authors – Authors In Chains Podcast #1

Authors In Chains - Twitter For AuthorsListen as Ray Bayly, Rob Davies, Ray Burton and J.R. Rioux discuss Twitter for authors. We talk about followers, analytics and motivations for authors to use twitter as well as tips for success and statistics on hash tagging and more.

Writer accounts seem to end up being writers following writers but does it actually reach readers and increase the bottom line? Does it put money in your pocket or is it a waste of time besides being fun?

What follows are my notes, what I’ll be taking action on and of course – the podcast. You can also always get a copy of the podcast on the main site for us four monkeys at

Here are each of our twitter handles:
J.R.Rioux @JRRioux_Author
Raymond Bayly @raymondbayly
Robert Davies @rcdaviesbooks
Me – Ray Burton @RayBurton

This is the only book I’ve ever bought of twitter based on marketing: The book collapse – Collapse (New America-Book One) by Richard A Stephenson @StephensonRATX

Evan – The Last Librarian on Twitter (@FromTheWastes)- Reads a lot of post-apocalyptic books. Gives great advice if you are looking for something to read.

We also go over tips and tricks on reaching readers outside the writing community and the magic of twitter analytics.

Now if Twitter doesn’t increase the bottom line for you, is there any reason to bother with Twitter other than fun?

Some would say because publishers want to see that you have a platform before they consider taking your books. Which begs the question, “Do publishers have anything to offer you that you can’t get by self-publishing?”

We tackle that.

Do you know what the prime time for tweeting is? Apparently it’s 12-6 PM. Is there a way to automate that? Yup.

The Hashtag websites mentioned: RiteTag and Hashtagify

I’ll add more notes as on what I am personally putting into practice and the results I get from them. Update: You can see how I feel about twitter marketing for authors in my response to Evan below.

This has been a big step forward for me in my story of becoming a writer. Getting to know others in the self-publishing industry is a cool thing and can help you learn things faster.

Any questions about this podcast or suggestions for what to cover next?

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How To Become A Better Writer And Why You Should

This is the next part on writing. So it’s a work in progress. While it’s about how to become a better writer, it’s also a timeline flow of how I started to sort some shit out.

First things first. If you don’t have mutiple books, then your marketing dollars are unlikely to turn a profit for you. You won’t be able to ever break even on what you pay for advertising and what you get paid back in book sales.

So what does that mean?

It means you need to have several books so that when you market the first and lose money, they may buy the rest in your series.This is where you make money.

So in the hierarchy of things, I realized I didn’t have enough product to make a profit. I needed to write faster, more predictably and with better quality.

No small feat I know.

I started studying books and the first solid piece I found to stop waffling on my books and wasting so much time with abstract bits of writing that fit together was this:


In order to start efficiently rocking on a new story that’s going to sell you must know these things
Situation of distress (the reason this story is happening)
Protagonist who moves us through the story.
Objective that is the solution to the shitty situation
Opposition that directly impedes an easy solution
The climax where the situation is sorted out or everyone burns in a fiery crash.

That’s it for now. I’ve got things to write and sorting those above elements out isn’t as easy as it seems. Check your story. You got what you need?

How To Stop Being A People Pleaser Ignore The Opinions Of Others

how to stop being a people pleaser like a cat that doesnt careToday’s car philosophy time is about how to stop being a people pleaser. You must ignore the opinions of others. I’m sitting outside Pier One Imports right now, waiting for them to open. I’m dictating into my phone so this will be more raw than usual. Not really safe for work. To add your thoughts, comment below.This is actually the unedited rough first draft.

I thought I would have a little chat with you ’cause I heard something today that really was cool. That was, from Gary Vaynerchuk. He says so many cool things like sometimes, I guess when you hear things that apply to you sometimes, like you get called out on your own shit? You hear like, “That guy’s an asshole.” Those are probably the people you should be listening to sometimes, I think.
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Cullers War Fan Page Monthly Free Read And Podcast

Welcome To The Monthly Pulp Fiction Free Read.

Do you like action, adventure, and mayhem? How about a post-apocalyptic wasteland with soldiers protecting walled cities from radioactive creepy crawlies?

Cool. Me too but you’ll have to supply your own heavy metal soundtrack. I’ve got Judas Priest playing over here.

Anyway… you can get all of the above with the FREE monthly adventure podcasts and kindle downloads. Think old time radio and pulp fiction. You can get it all here on this page by clicking the link at the end of this article.

I hope to see you around here more often and here’s a little about the series below…

-Ray Burton

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The Barrens is a vicious post-apocalyptic wasteland where battles rage between Union Forces and a mutant Hoard army. It’s a dystopian world where you must choose between the safety and rules of living inside the wall, or the danger and chaos of the freedom outside.
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How To Prepare For A Bodybuilding Competition

bodybuilding competition preparation bookHow To Prepare For A Bodybuilding Competition is the guide I wrote for winning my second show after losing my first bodybuilding competition.

Let’s get started…

What in the world were you thinking? Do you really want to spend twelve weeks starving yourself and going through every mental twist and turn of pre contest prep for your first bodybuilding competition? The only reward being to get a pat on the back or a silly little trophy? Continue reading

How To Start Working Out At Home And Get In Shape

how to start working out bench dipsThis is a series of articles, videos and podcasts on how to start working out again after you’ve lost most, if not all of your gains. Leaving the military has been the real test of keeping in shape when you are not forced to. Same with high school or university athletes. I’ll also post articles and resources related videos for more depth and to answer specific reader questions as they come in to me:

For example: Answers to “What are sets and reps?”

Lots of tips and answers for subscribers on how to start working out in the monthly free newsletter which you can sign up for at the end of this article.

If you would prefer to read this on your kindle, you can purchase a copy of this on amazon here: “How To Start Working Out” by Raymond Burton.

There is also a helpful podcast with lots of answers on how to start working out below. It’s after the newsletter sign up.

If you don’t find answers to the fitness questions you have, ask me in the comments after this post.

How To Start Working Out: Step 1

Thoughts lead to feelings, causing actions that create your results.

Change is hard. Let me set the record straight right here right now. You absolutely have the ability to improve your fitness and health. If you are human (and I hope you are, if not “live long and prosper”) then you can get in shape, lose weight, build muscle or whatever. But it will take work. Read that again. If you are human, you can get in shape.

I only say this because some people believe they are born a certain way and cannot improve. “It’s genetics,” they say. Genetics do matter. But effort, consistency and focus matter a whole lot more.
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The Truth About Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow

Ray Burton believes you can do what you love and the money will followThere are two truths about the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow.”

These two truths are in opposition but are still both correct.

Let me explain…

How nice would it be to view your work as a blessing instead of a curse, instead of a necessary evil that you trudge through to enjoy your nights and weekends?

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Wouldn’t it be great to LOVED your daily work?

  • What if your work was an extension of yourself and your talents?
  • How nice would it be to know and feel that you’re doing the work you were meant to do?

You may have heard this before and so we know it’s not enough to say – “Do what you love.” The thing is, you must LOVE not, in particular, the label of what you do, but the overall feeling of the work and workload required to produce a product that the market wants. Continue reading