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6 Tips for Writing Faster

I’m always keen on different techniques I can use to maximise my writing time, especially since starting my own App business this year. While I don’t necessarily agree that writing faster gives you a better, more concise manuscript, I do think that it gives you something to work with and fix up much quicker than if you ‘let the muse come to you’. Which is why when Stephanie approached me with this piece I jumped at the chance to add a new technique or two to my […]

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The Benefits of Box Sets & Collaboration

There is an idea I have been toying with for a while, one I’ve seen many successful indie authors at the top of their game try and pull off successfully. I am of course talking about joining forces with other authors to create ‘Box Sets’, something unthinkable in traditional publishing. As with many independent author innovations, a box set is very simple in set up and execution. You approach authors who you feel are of a similar calibre and thematic […]

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A Simple Way To Build Your Author Brand

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One of the greatest mountains an independent author has to climb is the Mountain of Legitimacy. In the past, if you were traditionally published, you were a real boy (author) and your work was clearly of ‘high quality’. This idea of quality is still a strong motivator for the reading public, particularly with the number of poorly produced self-published words equalling (or out numbering) the professionally produced self-published works. While many readers are happy to read the work of independent authors these […]

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3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Skype To Connect With Readers

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The best thing about being an indie author is that your book is available across the world! But unfortunately, until teleporters are invented and we voluntarily agree to being broken down into itty-bitty particles and reassembled on the otherside of the world, actually connecting with readers face-to-face is still a big hurdle. So in this video I’m going to cover three ways indie authors can use Skype to connect with readers. In this video I discuss digital book signings, Skype […]

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Help Me Choose The Title For My Latest Novel

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On Wednesday I talked about rewriting the blurb for my first Facebook comedy novel, ‘The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’. Now I need your valuable opinions on the second book in the series. I plan to bring book two out in the next two months, so keep an eye out for giveaways and prizes in the lead up to the launch as well as polls on the cover design of both this book and the redesign of book one. Which […]

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HELP! On Rewriting Blurbs

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So I’ve recently been examining why my Facebook comedy novel ‘The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’ isn’t selling like a newly released Stephen King novel on speed. Apart from a) it not being a horror novel and b) King having an 25 years extra experience on me, I realised it’s been about twelve months since I revisited my book’s description and cover. When I looked back on them I wasn’t as enchanted as I was when I created them last […]

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Lessons Learnt From Fiction Unboxed

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This is how successful indie authors do it y’all!   Welcome to the first video in my little vlogging experiment, where I break apart the Fiction Unboxed writing series presented in June by the guys from the Self-Publishing Podcast, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David Wright. This course, which I had the pleasure of taking part in live, shows writers the processes Sean, Johnny and David used to create over 1.5 million words last year. Just a disclaimer, I am […]

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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep 17: Blurb on Self-publishing Illustration, Photo & Graphic Heavy Coffee Table Books

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While Independent publishing has opened the way for thousands of authors to quit their day job to write and make a living from their ebooks there is still one area that indies are find it hard to crack, and that’s print books with colour illustrations and photos. This puts some authors, in particular those who write children’s books, graphic novels, comic books or books that require colour photographs to help illustrate a story, at a disadvantage. It’s not that there […]

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