Newton by William Blake
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?

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Authors, before you had a following, do you remember how that first comment felt? What about your first subscriber? Or realising you had your first true fan? The chances are those first felt pretty good. If you have your head screwed on right, what you did was pay attention to […]

A secret for building a following

As authors, we are inclined to think that we know how to write – the truth is most author blogs fail. The fact is most people will not see the end of your article and a lot of people will never scroll at all. That means that you must get […]

Why author blogs fail

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There is an alternative funding model for authors. We are all familiar with the standard author funding model. Write a book, promote the book, sell books… But that is not the only game in town. The alternative funding model takes a little outside of the box thinking and is not […]

An alternative funding model for authors

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There is a powerful tool for book promotion that, as far as I can tell, most authors (and publishers) seem to have missed entirely. This tool can get more people to book signings. It can sell more books. It can even help improve your blog’s position in Google. And it […]

An underappreciated author promotion tool

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Neil Gaiman is legitimately an amazing author. Even if you are one of the few people that don’t enjoy his work, you have to respect the sheer breadth of the man’s success. So this post is a tribute to the amazing advice that Neil Gaiman has freely offered to others […]

Neil Gaiman on how to be an author

At what point can you say that you are not just a writer but an author – in other words, makes you an author? The cut-off point for a writer is easy. If you write then you are a writer. Yet we could hardly say if you “auth” then you […]

What makes you an author?

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In one of the many online groups that I am in someone started a discussion about blogs. Before you could say “I blog too” there was a huge list of blogs being shared. If ever there was a hint from above and beyond that now was a good time to […]

10 Author Blogs you’ve probably never seen