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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part Two) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part Two) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product. (Part One, here.)   At one point around December, about a month after I had moved to the tiny office run by this black-hearted publishing concern, I had gone for one of my lengthy walks around the pier around midday

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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part One) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product.   It is difficult, and probably unnecessary, to describe the existential panic that descends on you once you are cast loose from university to fend for yourself in the adult world. In my case, the general misery that descends with

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How the Internet of Things Changes Publishing – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

Anyone today can tell you how connected we are to the internet. After all, most of us keep our internet access at our fingertips. The internet isn’t something used solely for necessity anymore, either. Once upon a time, the internet was utilized mainly for finding information. Over time, though, it has become continually more involved

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Google Play Books Platform is Open Again to Indie Authors for Direct Uploads

The Google Publisher Program allowed independent authors and small presses to sell ebooks in the Google Play bookstore. When the program was active it become a cesspool of piracy. Fake authors would sell ebooks they never wrote and  publishing companies would rename all of the main characters in Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey and

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure (June 2018) | Douglas Burcham

This is Douglas’ first post in 2018 in his Writing and Reading for Pleasure series with updates on his productive writing activity so far this year.   My eight-year journey  I am typing this post on Friday 1st June 2018, which is eight years to the day I began writing. As I have commented before,

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Does Self-Publishing Demean the Art of Writing? – Steven Mehler | Guest Post

Every writer understands the attraction of self-publishing. It’s incredibly frustrating to invest a swath of time in a story for it then to be rejected by a dozen magazines and other publishing houses. Even worse, not much later you see stuff published by authors with a recognized name and their content is worse than yours!

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The Future of Publishing – Kestell Duxbury | Guest Post

‘Simply putting a book into the cloud and onto a screen doesn’t make it anymore superior than a paper book.’ Marcelino Elosua said this to me when I first went to meet him at BlueBottleBiz. He is the CEO and Founder of the company, a collaborative learning platform, and LID Publishing, which turned 25 in

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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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