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Weekly News: 3rd May 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Heart-pounding romance doesn’t have to include sex scenes.
  • Your protagonist should be sympathetic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be likeable.
  • World building isn’t just for fantasy and scifi authors.
  • The writing process: Putting your stories in “the drawer“.
  • Struggling to find topics to blog about? Here are 54 ways to find ideas. One for every week of the year, plus a couple of bonuses.
  • This is a rather fun way of combining two books back-to-back.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 3rd May 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 26th April 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 19th April 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Scammers are now using big publishers’ names and trademarks to convince people that they’re legitimate.
  • Ways to use audio for marketing (not just podcasts and audiobooks)
  • Make sure you aren’t making these mistakes with your passwords.
  • Characters are central to a novel. Make sure you get their development right.
  • How being a guest on a podcast can help you to sell books.
  • Lessons you can learn from binge-watching TV series.
  • Why you should hire a formatter to create your print book interior and ebook file.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 12th April 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • You’re a creative person. Use that creativity in your marketing.
  • Have you considered publishing your book on Medium?
  • Writing a thriller? It’s important to get the pacing right.
  • Amazon recently added new tools for those writing a series. Here’s how to use them.
  • Authors own the copyright on their work as soon as they write it, but it can be hard to prove. That’s why the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations (UN), created WIPO Proof.
  • Even in this age of social media, an email list is still important.
  • Are you on Instagram? If not, you might want to be after reading this.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 5th April 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • It’s natural to compare yourself to others, but don’t be too hard on yourself.
  • If you’re writing and selling children’s books, this article from the Alliance of Independent Authors should be very useful.
  • Suing for copyright infringement can be an expensive business, even if you win.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing a pen name.
  • Publishers (and indie authors) need to embrace the opportunities that digital provides, including subscriptions.
  • There are lots of benefits to hiring a proofreader.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 29th March 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Watch out for copyright scams claiming that you’re using copyrighted images on your website.
  • Amazon made some very smart decisions in the early days, which are now largely forgotten.
  • Grammar tip: To italicise or not to italicise?
  • Don’t forget your protagonist’s sidekick.
  • A new email promotion list has launched: Hello Books.
  • An interesting discussion of NFTs, and their similarities to DRM.
  • Everything you need to know about launching a book.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 22nd March 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Amazon have stated that they will not sell books that “frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”
  • NFTs (digital tokens stored on blockchain) have been in the news a lot recently. Plagiarism Today has a useful primer.
  • Eleven ways to rewrite clichés and turn them into something more interesting.
  • Why not add an animal character to your novel?
  • Should you have a blog or an email list? Or both? Jane Friedman shares her thoughts.
  • You may not have realised it, but you’ve always led a writer’s life.
  • BookBub have analysed data on their price promotions to see if running them on different days of the week makes a difference.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 15th March 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • If you write crime fiction, or would like to, you should listen to this podcast (or read the transcript).
  • Draft2Digital’s Account Sharing feature does exactly what it says on the tin, and it can be very useful. This article explains what it is, why it’s useful, and how to use it.
  • The rapid demise of Recipeasly highlights the tension between the desires of content creators and consumers.
  • Demographics are useful, but what you really need to know is what your readers care about.
  • Amazon now cares more about advertising income than customer experience, and they’re not alone.
  • Is there really a distinction between “popular fiction” and “literature”?
  • Plan your marketing in advance to reduce your stress.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 8th March 2021

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

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