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The Week That Was: Ethics Are Not Just for Authors

The Week That Was: Ethics Are Not Just for Authors

The Ethical Author code was launched just over a week ago at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference by Orna Ross, founder and director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. Ross introduced the new initiative during a special Big Ideas panel presentation and discussion. The Ethical Author code is something any author can sign up to regardless

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Six | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure. This month part six is about a shopping spree of book buying related to memories of school economics.    The two sub elements of my writing and reading that give me the most pleasure are: Meeting with other writers face to face

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Five: Who for, Where and When to write | Douglas Burcham

[Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure starting with a fantasy short story about yet another life of Henry Cross the main character in his fiction writing.] Henry watched the red sun slip down below the calm sea horizon from the balcony of his home on his island estate

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The Future of Publishing 2020: Connect (or Be Damned) – Laura Fredericks | Guest Post

Not too many years ago, we all relied on bookstores and libraries for our books. Publishing, or what is now solely referred to as traditional publishing, was curated and prestigious. Gatekeepers made sure that every step of the way, from a writer’s manuscript to the printed book to the store shelves, only the best of

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Going Hybrid after Fifteen Years – Harry Bingham | Guest Post

I’m a traditionally published author, with a dozen or more books released over fifteen years. At one time or another, I’ve published with three of the current big 5 publishers, and also with Bloomsbury, a large British independent. If you count projects where I’ve had a major behind-the-scenes editorial/ghost-writing role, then you can add another

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Authors Must Be Marketers – Neil Raphel | Guest Post

Authors don’t like to promote their own works. Here are actual quotes from some of the authors we published:               “I’m a writer, not a marketer.”             “I’m uncomfortable asking people to buy my book.”             “I don’t really understand social media.”            “I’ve put a ton of effort into writing my book. Why do

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Four: How to Write Fiction (One) | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure. “I enjoy thinking about how to write a good novel. It is a huge question and one that is impossible to answer completely; perhaps that is its fascination. So much is required from a novelist:  Originality, imagination, dedication, skill with words, sharp

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Three: Reading for Pleasure (One) | Douglas Burcham

[Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure.] First, an apology! My third post for August was going to be a first instalment of How to Write Fiction to follow my June post – Why Write > Make a start and July – What to write > What you enjoy writing and

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part 2: What to Write? | Douglas Burcham | Guest Post

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure.  Part Two: What to Write?  “You will have to write what readers want and not write a story already written by another author.”  “Can you fly me to the moon and remember to come back?”  Of the two statements each is probably

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