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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

Authors vs Universal Credit
At Author Buzz UK, we tend to stay away from matters of politics but Universal Credit is one of those topics that cuts to the heart of what it means to be an author. Being a full-time writer is hard already This is something we have covered before. Earning a […]

The Danger of Universal Credit

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The 2017 H. G. Wells Short Story Competition shortlist has been announced. The Short Story Competition shortlists were posted Thursday 21 September, H. G. Wells’ Birthday. There are two prizes on offer. The Junior Competition with the Margaret and Reg Turnill Prize of £1000 The Senior Competition with The Grand […]

2017 H. G. Wells shortlist announced

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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