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Writing and Reading for Pleasure (June 2019): Douglas Burcham

Writing and Reading for Pleasure (June 2019): Douglas Burcham

Douglas writes his first post for 2019 in his “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” series detailing how grieving for a sentimental attachment from childhood has kept him busy writing differently since February 2019. Sunday 1st June 2019 marks the same date nine years ago when I started writing. A few weeks ago I reviewed the

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Writing Fiction? These 5 Contemporary Short Stories Will Inspire You – Emily Marchant | Guest Post

As an aspiring writer, or even one who has successfully had work published, you are constantly on the search for inspiration for that next story, and inspiration can be drawn from a multitude of eclectic sources. Nothing should be considered off-limits in that, if your voice is genuine, the original source of the story, as

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Simple Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Ever since the first third-party publisher book was released, most authors didn’t have to worry about legal issues. The publisher was responsible for taking care of all copyright, and the editors would probably sniff out any legal issues before the book went into print. With the rising popularity of self-publishing in the 21st century, a

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Kicking Off My First Book with Kickstarter – Jonas Ressem | Guest Post

By the spring of 2019, I had received 17 rejections from the publishing industry. No literary agent wanted to consider my work, or me. I kept hearing, “It’s not the right fit.” Although this particular outcome wasn’t too surprising, as I’ve heard all about how tough the publishing industry can be, I nevertheless felt like

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CJK Group Agree to Purchase of Printer and Self-Publishing Service Provider Thomson-Shore

Following a March Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy, the CJK Group has agreed to the purchase of the assets of Michigan-based printer and self-publishing service provider Thomson-Shore. The employee-owned company has been in existence for 47 years and over the past ten years has expanded far beyond printing services into an array of offset, print-on-demand, handcrafted books, pre-production, and distribution services for large traditional publishers, small

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How to Keep Your Legal Rights as a Self-Published Author – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

Under the copyright laws in the U.S. and any other country in the world, a writer has authorship rights to their original work. If someone wrote a book too similar to yours after you publish your work, you would be protected by copyright law. Published authors usually have legal representatives. The publisher takes care of

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12 Female Literary Characters Who Are Total Role Model Material – Hannah Chamberlain | Guest Post

Whether they’re delivering sick burns to unwanted suitors, surviving unbearable conditions against all odds, sticking to their values in the face of harsh opposition, or smashing the patriarchy with their legit goddess powers, it seems like there’s nothing these female literary characters can’t do. And, because life is like that, you can bet these literary

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Self-Publishing: Book Cover Design Mistakes to Watch Out For – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

There are quite a few things to do before you self-publish a book, and most writers know that this list includes steps like thoroughly checking the manuscript and writing an engaging book description. However, many of them forget an aspect that’s an equally essential part of the process: designing an attractive book cover to represent

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5 Psychological Benefits of Writing by Hand – Josh Carlyle | Guest Post

Not so long ago, people were inseparable from paper and pencil. This clerical couple helped them literally in everything: keep a budget and arrange business correspondence, take notes and save cooking recipes, congratulate loved ones on holidays and in many other things. Today, for these purposes, we use electronic documents, press the share button on

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials

When you see a younger person using their phones, it’s easy to associate it with social media or mobile gaming. But what if I tell you there’s a good chance that they’re reading? Would you believe it? Well, maybe not, but the data from a new infographic from The Expert Editor tells another tale. Research

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