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7 Emotions You Will Feel After Publishing Your First Book – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

7 Emotions You Will Feel After Publishing Your First Book – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

It is often said that the greatest human endeavor is that of creation, where a human being goes beyond his or herself in order to give rise to the existence of something that was previously not there. Whether you’re creating a new piece of software, a new painting, a new book, or simply a good

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8 Tips on Handling Criticism for Beginner Writers – Serena Dorf | Guest Post

Many of us at a point in our writing career wonder what the journey to the top must have been like for the writers we so much admire. You have read several works of your writing mentor/role model and your writing seems to be at par with theirs. Despite this, your editor has rejected your

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Marketing Your Book: 8 Mistakes You Need to Avoid – Joel Syder | Guest Post

Now that you’ve spent weeks, months, and possibly even years writing your book, paying special attention to each and every word and seeing each character grow and develop, having just started as a small spark of imagination in your brain, there comes a time where your book can make its way out into the world.

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Damning with Quaint Praise: The Five-Star Descent of Book Criticism into a Children’s Sports Day for Adults – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

Understatement is British. It is ours inherently. It is our nature to describe abject misery as ‘a little bit of a bother’. We can denounce Tony Blair as ‘a tad disingenuous’, Susan Boyle as ‘no oil painting’, and damn eternally someone we despise as ‘not exactly charming’. Ironic litotes is our Excalibur. That is why

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10 Ways Authors Can Collaborate to Sell More Books – Bonnie Baguley | Guest Post

Want to sell more books? Try collaborating with authors in your niche. Collaboration is a powerful tool for growth. Networking with authors in your genre is an invaluable way to reach new readers and build a supportive writer network, especially important in times of self-doubt or rejection. Collaboration leverages the benefits of multiple perspectives, problem-solving

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Spiderwize UK – Reviewed (Updated, September 2018)

Spiderwize, a division of print and creative and development design company Bonacia UK, describes its services as ‘assisted self-publishing’ and though based in Peterborough, England, the services are available to UK and US authors. Spiderwize has become more prominent in recent years, particularly in the UK, and now has more than 200 published titles. We

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Amazon Confirms that CreateSpace and KDP Print will Merge into a Single Platform

Not in the least bit unexpected, Amazon has informed authors that its CreateSpace platform is set to merge with KDP Print soon. This has been on the horizon for more than 18 months since Amazon launched KDP Print in 2016. Authors have been receiving an alert notification on their CreateSpace dashboards over recent days and many

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Why Self-Published Authors Need Libraries – Silvia Woolard | Guest Post

With all the e-book and Kindle craze in recent years, many of us started to think that libraries have become a thing with an expiry rate. However, despite the digitalization of the book as an educational tool, we still haven’t found anything like the library in that form. Public libraries have a long history of

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Improving Skills: 9 Best Blogs to Follow About Writing – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Being a writer – be it a creative writer, technical writer, journalist, blogger – is fantastic. However, as every profession, writing comes with its burden, as well. Namely, we all have faced a writer’s block, lack of inspiration, creative stagnation, and similar culprits at some point when writing. In fact, these things are very common,

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ALLi’s Orna Ross Interviews Darren Hardy – Amazon’s UK Manager of Kindle Direct Publishing [Video]

Orna Ross of the Alliance of Independent Authors interviews Darren Hardy, Amazon’s UK Manager of Kindle Direct Publishing. You can view the full interview transcript here.

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