BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED PART 3

You’ve done it. Your e-book is published and out there in literary cyberspace. And of course everyone will spot it immediately and snap it up, you’ll earn a legion of devoted fans and make a truckload of money. And it goes without saying it will be a best seller. Stop! Wake up!  It’s a dream, […]

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Writer V Author. Author At Work

Writer V Author – What’s The Difference?

What’s the difference between a writer and an author?  According to the dictionary, a writer is ‘one who expresses ideas in writing’ or ‘one engaged in literary work.’ An author is ‘a person who writes a novel, poem, essay etc, the composer of a literary work.’ On the surface there doesn’t seem to be much […]

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USEFUL TIPS FOR PUBLISHING AND MARKETING YOUR E-BOOK

  If I’d known how much work was involved in publishing and marketing my own book, I might have thought twice about it… But only for a couple of minutes. Seriously though, it’s a full-time job and my head is spinning from all the research I’ve done, blogs and how-to manuals I’ve read, and advice […]

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NOVELLAS – THE NEXT BIG THING IN SHORT FICTION

Short is good. Short black (as in coffee), short speeches, making short work of shortbread, short cuts, shorthand, making the shortlist, and so on. The list is far from short. And in the final stages of the marathon of novel writing I’m seriously considering trying my hand at short fiction. Not short stories, although I’ve […]

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REWRITING – PLEASURE OR PAIN?

This post is part of my BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED series, in which I promised to share with you my journey of self-publishing and marketing. At the moment I’m in the process of rewriting and editing my romantic comedy manuscript, Perfect Sex. I must admit I love this process. Writers are divided into two […]

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It’s a New Year so Bring on the Birthdays!

  Maggie Counihan is an inspiration – not only to older people but to anyone who is allowing fear or uncertainty to prevent them from pursuing their dream. At the age of 60 Maggie, a divorcee, left her home, her family and friends and comfortable life and backpacked solo around the world for the next […]

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DOWN WITH NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS!

It’s that time of year again. And I don’t mean Christmas. While I’m trying to unglue the end of the roll of Christmas wrapping (Why do they do that? By the time I’ve unglued it I’ve torn half the roll), spraying the cat with Santa snow or up to my armpits in alcohol-drenched dried fruit, […]

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BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED PART 2

In my last post I promised to share with you my start-up marketing plan, which is based on three principles. Start as early as possible, even before you begin your novel. This gives you plenty of time to immerse yourself slowly into marketing waters and build up your confidence and expertise. Start simple. If you […]

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BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED PART 1

Marketing – a word avoided and even feared by many writers. Most of us are shy retiring types to whom blowing our own trumpet is akin to running down the main street stark naked. But it’s more important now than ever. Even if you’re published by a legacy publisher, there’s a limit to how much […]

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How to fall in love again with your trunk novel

How To Fall In Love Again With Your Trunk Novel

So you’ve dragged your manuscript from the depths of the trunk or bottom drawer, tucked away for the last few years under a pile of warranties for goods you no longer own and a bundle of  birthday cards you haven’t had the heart to throw out. Or maybe, like me, you’d sentenced it to literary […]

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