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Do chaos and good writing go together? This is a question we are about to avoid but not entirely. Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best posts on the Author Buzz UK network. In case you are wondering, a certain amount of chaos is normal for the creative mind […]

Chaos and Good Writing


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Getting published is not easy. Getting a literary agent helps but getting an agent is no easy task. This article is an update to one I published on the now retired Thanet Creative Writers website which has now moved into the Author Buzz UK blogging network. The advice in “How to […]

Getting a good literary agent


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A mistake new authors make is to hide what they are doing in fear that someone might steal their ideas. No one is going to steal your ideas – here is why. To illustrate the point, we told Tumblr what we were going to write before we had even written it. […]

Relax, no one is going to steal your ideas



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Researching where to submit short stories can be something of a chore but if you happen to be looking for Sci-Fi magazines accepting submissions (and paying) then you might well be in luck – we have five of them. UK Sci-Fi magazines Interzone Interzone was founded in 1982 and counts Michael Moorcock, Sir Arthur […]

5 Sci-Fi magazines accepting submissions


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With a book, readers know what to expect because the author’s intentions are clear from the title, the cover and the blurb on the back. Are you doing the same with your blog? Recently, we talked about author blogging and what authors could blog about. One thing we did not talk […]

Authors, are you making your intentions clear


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Should authors blog? If so, what should we be blogging about? Blogging, like social media, is often touted as the golden ticket to book sales. It rarely delivers on this promise. Of course, they don’t – there is no such thing as a magic bullet to make sales happen. However, […]

Should authors blog? What should they blog?



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We have given our developer blog a make over and you are the ones who benefit. The fresh new look for our dev blog will help promote you, the members of Author Buzz and your groups. It will do this by showcasing the featured, recently active, and popular members and […]

Site News: Dev Blog Makeover


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It is the most common question I encounter when talking about this stuff, so today we are going to answer the question of how to become an author. At least according to the Internet. We asked Google “How do I become an author”. This is what we found. Write something […]

How to become an author (according to the Internet)


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Beta Reading is perhaps the most poorly understood craft of writing. If you might ever find yourself offering feedback to a writer, this guide might help you give the best feedback you have ever given. Beginners and expert writers alike frequently take part in mutual critiques and yet, for all […]

A Rough Guide to Beta Reading



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Beta reading, an editing, or proofreading – how do you pick the right one? With so many services on offer for authors it can be confusing when trying to identify which is right for you.  Author Buzz UK is here to help demystify these terms and help you learn what […]

Proofreading, Copy Editing, and Beta Reading


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Many an author has said “I don’t have the time to learn Twitter” not knowing that there is an approach to Mastering Twitter that requires no more than five minutes a day. Twitter is one of those social media sites that a lot of people seem to find incomprehensible. There […]

Mastering Twitter in 3 easy steps


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Have you ever heard of this thing called an author platform? It is supposed to sell books, right. The dream of being an author is highly compelling for us writers. We spend hours and weeks and years writing our book. Finally, it is ready to go. There is just one […]

A comprehensive introduction to author platforms