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Writing and Reading for Pleasure (June 2019): Douglas Burcham

Writing and Reading for Pleasure (June 2019): Douglas Burcham

Douglas writes his first post for 2019 in his “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” series detailing how grieving for a sentimental attachment from childhood has kept him busy writing differently since February 2019. Sunday 1st June 2019 marks the same date nine years ago when I started writing. A few weeks ago I reviewed the

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Simple Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Ever since the first third-party publisher book was released, most authors didn’t have to worry about legal issues. The publisher was responsible for taking care of all copyright, and the editors would probably sniff out any legal issues before the book went into print. With the rising popularity of self-publishing in the 21st century, a

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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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Self-Publishing: Book Cover Design Mistakes to Watch Out For – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

There are quite a few things to do before you self-publish a book, and most writers know that this list includes steps like thoroughly checking the manuscript and writing an engaging book description. However, many of them forget an aspect that’s an equally essential part of the process: designing an attractive book cover to represent

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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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