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5 Mistakes You Make as a Self-Published Author – Rachel Bartee | Guest Post

5 Mistakes You Make as a Self-Published Author – Rachel Bartee | Guest Post

A good article, essay or book with a unique title and relevant content will attract an endless stream of excited readers and vice versa. The truth is, self-publishing requires more than just putting words together to impress your targeted audience. Unless you are planning to read your article or essay alone, you need to prioritize

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: June 2016 | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series for June 2016 with reflections on six years of writing and the future.   I woke this morning Wednesday 1st June 2016 at around 3.00am calm and fed up with my normal sleep patterns ruined by medication. Almost exactly six years ago, I woke in a

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: A Visit to IngramSpark – Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series for May 2016 with ideas for publishing success and an account of an eagerly awaited visit to IngramSpark/Lightning Source in Milton Keynes.   When I pushed through the exit doors of BBC Broadcasting House, I felt elated. I did not need to pay for the enormous

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The Process of Writing – Howard of Warwick | Guest Post

I’ve written eight historical humour novels so far. Six of them were in my Brother Hermitage series and two very un-straight histories. Each time I start to write a novel I need a “conceit”. What is the core idea around which the tale will be spun? Is it that a character holds a simple but

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How to Write Powerful Flashbacks – Marry McAleavey | Guest Post

Flashbacks are an effective way to share background information about your characters and the story as it’s playing out. It’s more interesting than a linear timeline alone, and keeps readers engaged when written well. When writing flashbacks for your stories, take the following elements into account to execute them successfully.   Is Your Flashback Following

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: April | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with thoughts for April on writing matters in the news, work in progress, reading and publishing.   Several years ago, I watched a TV programme showing Sir Terry Pratchett at work in front of a number of computer monitor screens. Then a little later, the news

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How Independent Authors Can Grow their Following on Twitter – Jessica Davis | Guest Post

If you’re an independent author, you probably already know that maintaining a good online presence and building a readership is crucial to your success. This is all the more important when you’re primarily self-published, and need internet buzz for people to engage with your work. More than any other type of social media, Twitter is

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Foolproof Methods to Avoid Authorship Problems – Rose Scott | Guest Post

Have you ever thought of book piracy as a good way to promote your writing? Lots of indie authors tend to give their eBooks away through torrent sites. But what they fail to do is properly take care of and protect their intellectual property. The reason why many authors give their books away seems logical

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Finding the Right Editor – Sarah Barbour | Guest Post

A good editor should know the norms of the genre and edit to those norms—not try to turn a story about vampire space aliens battling zombies into Faulkner.  —Survey respondent  A couple of years ago when I was writing my first book, The Copy Editor’s Guide to Working with Indie Authors, I ran a survey

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: March | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with some leap year thoughts for March on work in progress, reading and publishing. “How do you plead?” “Guilty.” “Mitigation.” “I just need time to find the right words and then place them in the right order.” Being locked up in jail before a big drop

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