Selling to your local book shop

Have you got your eye on selling to your local book shop?

Don’t just assume that because you are a local, don’t assume that they will want to stock your book.  You are more likely to be successful if you see the transaction from their perspective, as this post booksellers’ objectives explains.

And of course, you should make sure they know you are local already, by being a well established customer.

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Best writing advice of 2018?

While we are still in the mood for summaries of the year, here is one that might help your good intentions.

The Alliance Of Independent Authors’ best writing advice for 2018.

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Have you been writing a short story over the holiday?

Well, if you have, you are in pole position for entering one of these competitions.

Especially if yours revolves around food and drink, in which case it might qualify for the one that closes on 7th January.

But the deadlines come thick and fast, so check what you could go for now, before you forget…

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Does your book need a map

Lots of books benefit from having a map.

And if you have ever had a go, you will know that it isn’t as easy as you think. It is all very well deciding you need help, but where do you start? This post gives some useful guidance about how to work with map artists.

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27 writing competitions to enter before the end of 2018

As if things aren’t busy enough in December, here are 27 writing competitions to enter before the end of the year

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Self publishing large print books

Self publishing is all very well if you just want to produce a basic book. But if you want to make your work more widely available, you need to explore more channels.

I’ve seen several posts about how to produce an audio book, but this is the first time I have seen one about producing a large print book.

Which is very strange, when you consider the size of the market. But it makes it all the more important to share.

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Book marketing time

Most authors don’t like marketing. But the sad truth is that if you aren’t going to do any marketing, there wasn’t much point in going through the trouble and expense of getting published.

So here are some posts to help with marketing your book.

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The origins of English place names

I’ve always been fascinated by place names. Annoyingly, I’m not very good at remembering the information.

When I lived in North Yorkshire, there were many pairs of places that did not quite join up with each other. I lived in one village, Asenby, that was very close to its neighbour, Topcliffe. That is a slightly unusual case, because even if the two villages had expanded to meet each other, they would still have been kept apart by the river Swale. Apparently, when the Vikings arrived, they set up their settlements near to existing places, but they kept them slightly apart. The Viking settlements all ended in “by”. The area is littered with examples:

  • Thirsk and Sowerby
  • Nothallerton and Romanby
  • Knayton and Borrowby

And there are many more.

But without this post on English place names to remind me, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which of the pair is Viking.

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Support the campaign to axe VAT on digital publications

Publishers’ Licensing Services are running a campaign to modernise the law which charges VAT on electronic books. Even though the budget is over for this time, it is still worth making the point. There are many reasons why this tax is unfair and unjustifiable, as you can see from this post, which also has a link to the petition.

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Why do we say tiptoe?

There are some interesting linguistic meanderings in this debate. Why do we say tiptoe, not toetip?

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