How To Use Twitter – Tips and Tricks

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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The Two Faces Of Self Publishing

An all too forgotten side of self publishing is the humble book. Yes, that’s it. The thing with a cover and pages. Cast aside by many in the last year or two, the book survives however, and I’m sure that passionate authors still want to see one with their name on the cover. Oddly enough, …

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How To Buy An Ebook – And Keep It

When you buy an ebook, do you buy it, or do you really only rent it? Then after this consideration, what restriction come with either choice? In recent months, the issue of ebook ownership has been discussed at length in both the news and on publishing blogs. The most popular ebook platforms, although very convenient, …

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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

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 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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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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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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Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

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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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

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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