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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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