50 Habits of Highly Effective Grey Tabby Cats book cover

Selling Books on Amazon Using Lots of Keywords – 50 Habits of Highly Effective Grey Tabby Cats

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More and more book sales are moving to Amazon and that means that book titles and keywords have become almost as important for sales as the content of the books. Perhaps even more so.

Arctic Circle cartoon about wrting a book stuffed with keywords like 50 Habits of Highly Effective Grey Tabby Cats

After coming up with the idea for today’s Arctic Circle comic, I thought it would be fun if the book existed for real, or at least digitally. 50 Habits of Highly Effective Grey Tabby Cats is now available on all ebook stores, mostly free (Amazon won’t let me price it for free initially, but may price match the other stores eventually).

The book sets out to answer the question, “why are cats the most popular pets in the country?” with lots of cartoons, of course.

 

 

Pick up your copy now: books2read.com/u/bP1OAY

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Boardwalks make even industrial estates look good

In the Newsletter This Month: Skiving and Sketching

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We have had some unseasonably warm days this month, so I have downed tools for some proper skiving (English English for not working when you should be). One sunny Friday, Duncan, Billie and I took the ferry across to France (a five minute ride) and walked from Hendaye, around the estuary to Irun to have lunch before taking the bus home. There were some lovely views across the Bidasoa to Hondarribia, a bar that we could stop at for a beer and plenty of pee-mail for Billie to get his nose into. A very industrial section was transformed by an enormous stretch of boardwalk, paid for by the EU. It was a definite highlight and I don’t know why…

Read more of this month’s illustrated epistle at http://eepurl.com/cGYRmn and sign up for more using the form at the bottom of the page.

 

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wombat cartoons by alex hallatt

ALLi’s Indie Author Fringe 2017 – How to Hire a Book Illustrator

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ALLi Alliance of INdependent Authors Indie Author Fringe at London Book FairI’m a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and have found their website to be an incredible source of advice, tutorials and discounts for self-publishing my books.

ALLi is behind the Indie Author Fringe 2017. It’s an online author conference that updates self-publishers with the latest tips, trends and tools, with a great line-up of speakers. The “Fringe” relates to the book fairs it runs concurrently with. The first one runs from March 18th, at the same time as the London Book Fair. Unlike the LBF, you don’t have to pay to get in.  You also don’t have to be a member of ALLi to take part.

I’m working on a video presentation for the Fringe:

Alex Hallatt will present How to Hire an illustrator at ALLi Indie author fringe 2017

 

It’s going to cover the essentials of what an author needs to know when hiring an illustrator.

And it’s going to feature lots of wombats.

wombat cartoons by alex hallatt

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On the Drawing Board: A Lot of Hamsters

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Being a cartoonist is (mostly) fun. Yes, you have to deal with unrelenting deadlines, odious tax forms and computer meltdowns (the only things I miss about working in an office are tech support and the stationery cupboard), but mostly it is ace. This week, I got to draw a lot of hamsters.Hello hamster

Every two weeks, I try to come up with about 21 Arctic Circle ideas. Being a daily comic, this means I can build up a backlog for when I’m travelling, or deluged by other clients’ deadlines. To come up with ideas, I read a lot of news, blogs and other posts about the environment, science and technology. This week, I read that French hamsters are becoming cannibalistic because of eating too much corn. It’s lucky that doesn’t happen to humans, else some people would be in trouble, given the Western diet. So there will be a couple of AC comics about that for sure.

The other hamster I had to draw was for a lovely Australian client of mine, CSIRO. I illustrate their puzzles page and it happened to feature a hamster (not a cannibal in this case).
This is an extract from my monthly-ish illustrated epistle. For more, sign up at the bottom of this page.

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Hoover the hungry dog types on a laptop

Isn’t it Great to Get Letters?

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I love getting letters. The real ones are best, but very rare. I have a friend who I have written to since we were in school. During the summer holidays we would often exchange 3 or 4 letters over the six weeks. Now we write once or twice a year, but I relish getting those pages of news, views and illustrations.

Arctic Circle cartoon about writing letters

Email letters aren’t quite the same, but when I see one from a friend I haven’t heard from in a while and open it up and find it is more than a couple of lines, I make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy being transported into their world for a few minutes.

I subscribe to a few email newsletters. Some of them are good for getting information (Amy Lynn Andrews’s Useletter is full of technology tips for those who work from home) and some of them are fun and lovely to look at (the illustrator, Wendy MacNaughton’s is a personal favourite).

My Illustrated Epistle probably won’t have much useful information, but I hope you find it fun and worth making a cup of tea for.

You can sign up for it at the bottom of this page.

 

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Fan art from Louis aged 5 who loved FAB Club

FAB Fan Art

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It made my day to get this FAB Club fan art from five year old Louis.

Thanks, Louis!

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FAB Club is Available as an eBook

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I finished turning FAB Club into an ebook (thanks to Vellum software. More on that later).

It is now on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks. To celebrate, I am giving away 100 copies of the ebook, using InstaFreebie.

Update: thanks to everyone who downloaded the free books on instafreebie – I hope you leave reviews!

instafreebie FAB Club book giveaway

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I’m making my website a little more mobile friendly.

To visit the old (but not very mobile-friendly website), go to alexhallatt.com/index.htm

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