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Reading and Writing for Pleasure (June 2018) | Douglas Burcham

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

5 Reasons Why I Am Not Writing This From The Beach

5 Reasons Why I Am Not Writing This from the Beach – Warren Fowler | Guest Post

Everyone dreams of a writer’s life. You book your trip to Seychelles. You pack your laptop and light beach clothes. Sunglasses and flip-flops are a must. You enjoy at least two months of vacation there since you can afford it. How can you afford it? Well, you’re working right there, on the beach. You’re making

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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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Why You Shouldn’t Limit Yourself to Deadlines When Writing? – Warren Fowler | Guest Post

Whether you are a freelance writer, an author, or a student, knowing how to handle your time is crucial. Tasks can be demanding and time can be short. Thus, asking yourself, “is there anything I could improve in my work approach?” is a good start to developing better work habits. If the answer is “yes,”

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Success as a Self-Published Author: Some Hints and Tips – Alex Norwood | Guest Post

With the big publishing houses amalgamating within each other more than ever, it seems harder and harder for budding writers to seek their work accredited through the traditional mass publication model. With this in mind, self-publishing can be an easier way to get your work out there and make a name for yourself. It comes

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8 Things You Should Avoid as a New Writer – Catrin Cooper | Guest Post

Hard work, passion and imagination are the key ingredients you need to succeed in writing. Along the way, however, you’ll make mistakes and have your ups and downs. But most mistakes won’t break your career, as long as you learn from them. If you’re still a newbie and want to become one of the best,

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The Five Common Mistakes to Avoid as a New Author – Jordan Ring | Guest Post

All new authors struggle with the same basic questions. Most jump into the Kindle marketplace with passion and gusto, but end up with meager results due to a lack of forethought and planning. But you don’t know what you don’t know right? The good news is that you don’t have to fall into this same

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: December 2017 – Douglas Burcham

I’m delighted to say Douglas joins us for his year-end post “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” column with details of activities in 2017 and his thoughts for 2018.   On writing My writing for pleasure year in 2017 has been more productive than in 2016. Completion of the self-editing process for drafts up to a final read

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