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Kicking Off My First Book with Kickstarter – Jonas Ressem | Guest Post

Kicking Off My First Book with Kickstarter – Jonas Ressem | Guest Post

By the spring of 2019, I had received 17 rejections from the publishing industry. No literary agent wanted to consider my work, or me. I kept hearing, “It’s not the right fit.” Although this particular outcome wasn’t too surprising, as I’ve heard all about how tough the publishing industry can be, I nevertheless felt like

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How to Keep Your Legal Rights as a Self-Published Author – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

Under the copyright laws in the U.S. and any other country in the world, a writer has authorship rights to their original work. If someone wrote a book too similar to yours after you publish your work, you would be protected by copyright law. Published authors usually have legal representatives. The publisher takes care of

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Happy Hybrid – Susan Moss | Guest Post

In the autumn of 2018, I celebrated becoming the owner of two passports – and thus two citizenships – German in addition to my native British. I’ve always enjoyed being something of a mongrel, and I believe that in the future, having experience of both cultures, languages, and ways of doing things will stand me

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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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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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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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