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Ideas and links to help with getting your book out there

How to get your self-published books into book shops

Getting your book into local shops is a good strategy. Here is a post about how to get book shops to take your self published books. It is a good idea to pay particular attention to the section on how … Continue reading

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Converting a Word document into an ebook

This is a subject that causes trouble all the time. People like to control the way their book looks. Well, that is perfectly reasonable, after all the effort you have put into it. With a hard copy, you can control … Continue reading

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How to calculate your book’s length before writing

Are you planning a book? Planning is a useful process, giving you direction, helping you stay on track, and letting you see how far through the process you are. Some plans are reasonably standard. You can pick a template, and … Continue reading

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Using book design elements in your marketing

Any marketing bod will tell you that branding is important. The trm brand coves all sorts of different things, but one of the main visible aspects is a consistent image. It is useful if people can tell it is you … Continue reading

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Embracing audio books

This week, I’ve found a piece about whether you should make an audio book of your work. And if you agree that the answer is yes, here are some links to previous posts to help you create one: Using Amazon … Continue reading

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Publishing poetry in the digital age

In all the discussion about self publishing, the main focus is usually about novels. The theory seems to be that everyone has a novel in them. Occasionally there is a discussion about non-fiction. So this post is particularly useful due … Continue reading

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How to respond when a reader claims there is an error in your book

Here is an odd concept. 25 words are their own opposites. How many can you list before you click on the link? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Writing opportunities in May and June

This week the emphasis is on opportunities for writers. Some of these competitions are quite specific, and will need some work to refine an entry. Others will just be right for that piece that only needs a final polish. Why … Continue reading

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What exactly is a short story?

If you are new to writing shorter fiction, you may find it difficult to define your work. Is it a short story? Is it a novella? This post has a handy table to guide you through the process of identifying … Continue reading

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How to write first and last lines

First lines are important. They grab attention. Last lines are important too. They stay with the reader. So here are some tips for first and last lines. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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