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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: Looking for Gold | Douglas Burcham

Writing and Reading for Pleasure: Looking for Gold | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure posts by looking for reading gold.   “I’m going to Waterstones to look for gold,” I announce to my wife. “You would do better to go to a jeweller for something for me, or pan the rivers of Yukon or South Africa and if the latter I

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Royalties: The Seduction of Self-Publishing

Royalties: in a publishing world where there are so many new and old business models, the word gets some serious abuse and misuse and can leave authors pretty confused. In the strictest sense, royalties or a royalty paid to an author is a percentage of revenue earned on book sales. Most traditional publishers pay royalties

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Writing and reading for pleasure – The Narrow Road to the Deep North | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure with a follow up to last month’s post – A picture is worth a thousand words?   The Narrow Road to the Deep North In my last post I mentioned the start I had made to reading Richard Flanagan’s 2014 Man Booker

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Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend | Intelligence Squared Debate [VIDEO]

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Advent Edition: Dec 8th – 24th | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham completes his 2014 advent post.    Monday, December 8th – Use different points of view and tenses Ever since reading about Joe Lampton… “There wasn’t a damn thing I couldn’t do!” in John Braine’s Room at the Top, I have loved using the first person in my writing. I do this almost by

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Advent Edition: Dec 1st – 7th) | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series: How to write fiction – Part two. Back to writing and reading for pleasure. I cannot put off the content of this writing for pleasure post any longer. The nitty-gritty technical aspects have to be faced. In the previous posts in this series I have urged readers thinking about being

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Preface) | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure. We had agreed a deadline of 1st December for posting but I have accepted good hearty reasons for a delay as detailed in the following story as a preface to further deferred parts of his post later in the month.   Advent

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