Author Archives: Mick Rooney

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Why Writers Should Join Book Clubs and How to Make the Most of Them – Grace Carter | Guest Post

Why Writers Should Join Book Clubs and How to Make the Most of Them – Grace Carter | Guest Post

Most authors find themselves in an industry utterly inundated with all sorts of competition. There are enormous numbers of other writers competing within the print and online publication industries and as such, it requires everything you have as a writer to stay ahead of the curve: and even then, it cannot be enough. There are

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7 Attention-Grabbing Publishing Trends That Will Define Books In 2019 – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

Industry-altering book publishing trends have been a feature of the publishing industry for a while now but heading off into 2019, new and modified old trends jostle to be the attention grabber of the year. One startling fact is that the number of Americans reading for pleasure has fallen by almost a third since 2004.

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Caveat Author – Robert L. Barclay | Guest Post

I have a long history of publication, beginning with a career in museum conservation and musical instrument technology. The segue into writing fiction was an easy one, but my access to publishers was limited by severe competition at a time when word-processing meant that many writers could aspire to produce a novel. After a considerable

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How Writers can Use the Power of Instagram – Chrys Fey | Guest Post

Instagram has gained in popularity and is now one of the most popular social networks worldwide. Although Instagram is most popular with teens and millennials, people of every age, race, ethnicity, and location use it. There is something so unifying about Instagram, more so than any other social media platform. And creative types of all

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: December 2018 | Douglas Burcham

This is Douglas Burcham’s second post of 2018 in his Writing and Reading for Pleasure series with reflective updates on his productive writing activity this year.    Writing  As I have said many times before, my first advice to people I meet who want to write a book is to make a start, set a

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Troubador Publishing Roll out the Festival Bookshop

For self-publishing authors, it’s the selling of their books that often proves to be hardest. Many self-publishing companies offer simple print ‘on demand’ distribution through online retailers; a few others offer distribution through ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers. But selling books to readers in a market that is increasingly competitive and dominated by the major publishers

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Publishing’s Double-Edged Sword: The Pros And Cons of Technology – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

There’s no denying how technology is rapidly changing the world of publishing. I still remember my first Amazon order like it was yesterday. It seemed incredible! It was so convenient and such good value. Not to mention the first time I saw a Kindle. All those books on such a small device. Plus the incredible

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Secrets No One Mentions About Book Publishing – Martina Sanchez | Guest Post

You may have your fantastic idea, your manuscript and even your agent in place and ready to go, but the world of book publishing is far from straightforward. In fact there are many secrets about book publishing that anyone wishing to go into this field should bear in mind.   It’s Not Easy Having a

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6 Emerging Book Genres We Bet You Haven’t Heard Of – Ester Brierley | Guest Post

Literature is diverse. It evolves because people are always looking for new ways to express themselves. New styles appear, being influenced by existing genres, and serving as an inspiration for future generations of writers. Our society also doesn’t stand still. New cultural and philosophical concepts have a direct impact on literature. Some genres quickly become

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How to Combine Being a Blogger and a Writer – Sara Williams | Guest Post

Nowadays, the blogging environment has skyrocketed up to the point where every passionate individual can immediately set-up a website, design a quick theme, and make his or her writing visible. A few years back, before the digital landscape exploded, only a few lucky people were able to expose their ideas and passion to the masses.

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