Pelf – Emily’s Men of Greed : Money, murder and greed make very good bedfellows …

New Book Release: Pelf – Emily’s Men of Greed Within the space of a few chaotic days, Emily Rhodes not only uncovers the truth about the serial philandering of her husband, but also loses her job, house, marriage and her sense of self worth, as a result of her husband’s lust, greed and lies. While she …

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The Rush To Publish

The Rush To Publish

While self publishing, especially ebooks, offers writers an incredible opportunity to get their books under reader’s noses, one of the most common mistakes made by those new (and sometimes not so new) to self publishing, is to get caught up in the euphoria of publishing a book, and rushing to hit the publish button. It …

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10 Tips & Tricks To Improve Your Writing

10 tips for better writing

As social networking is predominately text driven, it really is a good idea to make sure your writing is up to an acceptable and readable standard. There’s nothing worse than reading a tweet, Google+ or Facebook entry or blog post that is full of errors. It really gives an impression to the reader that you are a either careless, …

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Louis – The Life of a Real Spy

As a child and a young teenager he would tell me stories and mysterious tales of far off lands and people. Singing strange songs in mysterious languages. At the time, I had not heard of the word enigma, but now I know my friend Louis was exactly that. Louis never lied to me. Only telling …

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The Glothic Tales Trilogy : For those who have wondered why things are as they are …

The Glothic Tales by Derek Haines

The Glothic Tales Ever since that fateful decision was made to descend from the trees, stand on two legs and eat fewer bananas, humans have looked back on the decision with regret. It was at that very moment in time, when we began feeling that we were being controlled. By who, why and how is …

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One Last Love : A powerful story of love, forgiveness and acceptance …

one last love

One Last Love Life has the habit of delivering its perverse twists at the most unexpected times. For Bonnie his life had been lived, and the bitter sweet memories of his wife, along with the never ending sorrow of losing his son so young remain with him, but were now ebbing slowly with the passing …

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Short Story : Frankie and Juno – A Fable by Danielle de Valera

Frankie and Juno She was a beautiful cat with fur the colour of moonlight. Four times a week she worked out at the gym, determined to keep her fabulous figure. Ah, the power of it. He was a grungy-looking tom. He came from a broken home, had no money. His mother cleaned rich animals’ houses …

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Paying To Bully And Insult Writers

Authors and writers beware! While it has been a long held wisdom that commenting on relevant book related sites and blogs can be useful in building an online presence and promoting your author brand, I have to warn you of a trap I fell headlong into last week. When I came across a short story post, …

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Short Story : The Kid by Danielle de Valera

The Kid I was on my way to the ocean to drown myself when I decided to say goodbye to Ron; he’d been a good neighbour. I didn’t intend to tell him what I had planned. “Want a cup of coffee?” he asked. I thought, Wot-the-hell, the ocean would wait. Ron made the coffee and …

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On Self Publishing by Derek Haines

On Self Publishing

On Self Publishing This is not a definitive guide about how to self-publish or how to write to make money. It is an insight for those new, or relatively new to self-publishing and who have a passion for writing. By reading this book you will hopefully find sound advice, helpful hints, advice and at times …

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Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

Bored Reader

I started reading a novel recently that I picked by chance, and I have to say that I was left with feeling that a potentially terrific story had been wasted. The first chapter was quite well written with a tempting plot setting and this was what hooked me into selecting this book after reading the …

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Winslow Eliot : The Happiness Cure

The Happiness Cure

The Happiness Cure Happiness for sale! The Happiness Guru offers everyone’s dream… for a price. For Kairi, he offers even more. Much more. Will she bite? Will a charming stranger save her … or lead her deeper into a trap? Is love better than happiness? As whirlwind events escalate, Kairi is plunged into intrigue and …

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Whizbuzz – A Three Year Long Overnight Success

whizbuzz

As some Vandal readers may know, I also operate a book promotion website. Whizbuzz is a ‘soft marketing‘ site and operates on the book marketing principles I have often written about on this blog. These principles are based on ‘discovery‘ and not on ramming a book down readers’ throats with incessant ‘buy my book‘ messages. …

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The Acquisitive Author

The Acquisitive Author

It started quite slowly a couple of years ago, but unfortunately it has now become a pandemic. The insidious contagion? The acquisitive author affliction. Self publishing has given absolutely anyone the right to write, be published and be read. The gatekeepers have been removed and without exaggeration, it has delivered the basic right of freedom …

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Book Marketing Tips For Self Published Authors

Book Marketing Tips For Self Published Authors

Self publishing is not a new phenomenon anymore, and it has now become an integral part of the publishing landscape. However, there is one component that remains a stumbling block. Getting your book to sell. Book marketing is tough, hard work, time consuming and can even be dispiriting. If that’s not enough, it can also …

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Paid Book Promotion – Yes It’s Necessay, But Beware

Whizbuzz Hrefs data

As many Vandal readers may know, I also run a book promotion website. Whizbuzz has been operating successfully for over three years, and has taken a ‘soft marketing’ approach to both promoting books and authors, as well as itself. During this time, Whizbuzz has attracted a large following and has just recently been launched on …

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How To Use Twitter – Tips and Tricks

Understanding Twitter

Twitter is the strange animal in the world of social media. It operates on such an undefined set of rules that are so vague, it is even unclear if Twitter itself is sure as to how it all works. The best I’ve been able to calculate is that there are no rules at all, until …

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