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8 Tips for Writing Realistic Characters – Lucas Cappel | Guest Post

8 Tips for Writing Realistic Characters – Lucas Cappel | Guest Post

Today, more novels are being published and read than ever before. Around 407,000 novels were published in the US in 2007 alone. One of the ways to make yours stand out is knowing how to create realistic characters. So how do you do this? The following eight tips will help you   1. Make Your

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10 Key Tips for Writing and Publishing a Coffee Table Book – Samantha Rosario | Guest Post

Coffee table books – they fall into that category of ubiquitous items that seem simple until you stop to look at them closely and discover art. A good coffee table book, that is. If you don’t put together a meaningful work, or fail to publish it, a coffee table book will just remain a creation

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Matador Announce Launch of Audiobook Publishing and Distribution Service for Indie Authors

Press Release Matador, one of the UK’s most widely recommended self-publishing service providers, is delighted to announce that they now offer a complete audiobook creation, publishing and distribution service for self-publishing authors. With an emphasis on top quality production values at a realistic and affordable cost, all the audiobooks will be narrated by professional actors

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Crowdfunding Publisher Unbound Makes Four Editors Redundant

As part of a strategic reorganisation, Crowdfunding publisher Unbound is making four of its editors redundant. The news was first confirmed by commissioning editor Simon Spanton this week via his Twitter account. Spanton tweeted: So; my dream job is not to be as long a dream as I hoped. Due to cost-cutting I am one

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Radio Espial: Publishing, Self-Publishing and Technology with Jeremy Thompson (Troubador and Matador) [VIDEO]

Jeremy Thompson of Troubador and Matador Publishing joined presenter Mick Rooney on Radio Espial to discuss all things publishing, self-publishing, digital publishing and technology.

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Publishing Service Index: April 2018 [With Notes]

This is the first PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our last one was  released in December 2017. The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of another two companies, though they were very small players in the service field. I now intend to compiled the index three to four times across the calendar year, so we can monitor seasonal

5 Reasons Why I Am Not Writing This From The Beach

5 Reasons Why I Am Not Writing This from the Beach – Warren Fowler | Guest Post

Everyone dreams of a writer’s life. You book your trip to Seychelles. You pack your laptop and light beach clothes. Sunglasses and flip-flops are a must. You enjoy at least two months of vacation there since you can afford it. How can you afford it? Well, you’re working right there, on the beach. You’re making

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Troubador Publishing Rolls Out its New Website

Troubador Publishing, one of the major publishing service providers for indie authors, has significantly redesigned its website with some impressive improvements. From the Press release: The redesigned Troubador Publishing Ltd website brings together all the imprints associated with Troubador for the first time, from the well-respected Matador imprint to the independently-minded Book Guild – while

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How Technology is Affecting the Writing Industry – Laura Thompson | Guest Post

Technology has reshaped our lives in a drastic way. Looking back on the technological advancements of the last few decades, we can’t help but be astonished by the giant leaps humanity has made and we can’t help but wonder what else there is in store for us. From solar energy to self-driving cars, from AI

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Three Ways to Revive the Fortunes of a Dying Book – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

Many writers know the frustration of putting their time, effort and hope into a book, only for it to fizzle out after launching. It can be incredibly disheartening when books don’t perform as well as expected. One response is to simply move on to the next project, giving up any hope of the previous book’s

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