Over the course of the last twenty-four hours, we have more than trebled the number of themes our blog users have available to choose from. Writer and book review themes All our new themes have been selected specifically because they would be good for author or book review blogs. One […]

Lots of new themes to choose from

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As a writer, you need to respect yourself and your work by demanding fair payment. The world of writing is already horribly underpaid. The last thing you should be doing is accepting commisions that drive it any further into the ground. If a publisher likes your work, they should be willing […]

Respect yourself and your work: Expect fair payment

Book review blogs are a nice way to find new books. If you find a reviewer that you trust, that blog can become a rewarding source of fresh book titles. 8 Book Review Blogs This is list is in no particular order. I think these blogs are equally as good. […]

Book Review Blogs for you to read

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As an author, what can I do to increase my readership base? Are there things I should (or should not) be doing to get more regular readers? This is pretty much the question that I recently attempted to answer. Vishwa asks on Writers’ Stack Exchange: I recently started writing a […]

How do I increase my readership base?

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How authors blog successfully is supposed to be a mystery but I am about to give you Seth Godin’s secrets for beating the mystery. I don’t know about you, but I find most author blogs instantly forgettable. All you need to do then, as an author, is not be instantly […]

How authors blog successfully (according to Seth Godin)

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If you have ever run an Author Page on Facebook, you will know that getting views can be very hard. Here are five tips for authors trying to get a bit more attention on Facebook. 1. Start conversations Facebook has realised that there are now more posts than people can […]

5 Facebook tips for authors

The response to our post about the possible effects of Brexit on UK publishing was so astounding that I felt it deserved a post of its own. To recap, we reported that publishers in the UK are worried about the effect of Brexit on the publishing industry. Currently, the UK […]

The response to our Brexit post

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William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker who went pretty much unnoticed during his own lifetime. Later, of course, things change. Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. William Blake’s work was neglected for a generation after […]

William Blake remembered

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In part one, we started to look at the world of self-publishing. In part two we are going to look at some of the many disciplines needed to make a success of self-publishing. Self-publishing is here to stay. As a growing part of the publishing world, self-publishing is not something […]

Self-Publishing: Everything you need to know – part 2

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According to The Guardian, Brexit could usher in a dark chapter for British authors. They report that Nigel Newton, the chief executive of Bloomsbury, is deeply concerned that Brexit could mean a much worse deal for all but star authors. British publishers will be forced to focus on keeping their star […]

Brexit may be bad for authors

As the new year starts and we are all focusing on new things, I thought we’d take a look at some new books out at the moment. There Was A Time by Frank White There was a time is a novel set in an English village at a turning point of […]

3 New Book Releases

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One of our longtime members, Bob, asks, “Must one have a blog before one publishes a book?” Bob, goes on to ask if a blog is the same as a platform. I’m going to answer that right now. Do I need a blog? There is no rule in the world […]

Do authors need a blog before they publish?