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Weekly News: 31st January 2022

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

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Weekly News: 24th January 2022

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

  • Amazon UK was due to stop accepting Visa credit cards on the 19th, but for now at least, they will continue to take Visa payments.
  • When a group bought a copy of the book Jodorowsky’s Dune, they apparently thought they’d bought the rights to the content.
  • Lots of tips and ideas for ways to get the mass media to notice you.
  • Useful tips for anyone writing a domestic thriller.
  • How to avoid distraction and get on with writing.
  • Conflict is important in a story, but only if it’s relevant.
  • Make sure you finish the book that you’re writing.

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Weekly News: 17th January 2022

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: 10th January 2022

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: 20th December 2021

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

  • You want to see your books on a bookstore’s shelves, but beware of scams.
  • An overview of the year in self-publishing from Alliance of Independent Authors.
  • All about gratitude marketing.
  • Publishers are starting to realise that there’s more to book marketing than having lots of social media followers.
  • There’s a perception that young adult fiction is more diverse than adult fiction, but it’s not entirely true.
  • Copyright is fundamental to everything that authors do, so this comprehensive guide from Alliance of Independent Authors. is invaluable.
  • It can be hard to choose a book title, but these tips will help.

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

Thank you, and happy holidays!

It’s been a great year for Author Help and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of it.

At the start of the year, we officially became a limited company under the name Shilka Ltd. We got a shiny new logo, tidied up the website, and made all sorts of behind-the-scenes changes to accounting and so on.

Later in the year, Robin and Jen both successfully completed a diploma in proofreading and copy editing with distinction. Just as we were starting to use our newly polished skills, we realised we’d grown to the point where we couldn’t manage all the proofreading ourselves. We’re now working with three lovely subcontractors: Mel, Paul and Charlotte. With their help, we’ve improved turnaround time massively while still giving a great quality service.

We’ve also started working with Formatted Books, who help us with books that need something a bit special on the pages, such as children’s books or where the author wants a very particular look for their chapter headings. We’re still doing straightforward formatting in-house, and thanks to a recent software upgrade we’re expanding the range of options.

Last month, we added up the books we’ve helped to publish and realised we’d done over a hundred! This is a magnificent milestone for what started just a few years ago with Robin just doing what they love.

And of course, throughout it all our cover designer Henry and copywriter Cat have been absolute champions.

We’ll be taking some time off over Christmas, so responses to emails sent after 21st December may be slow. We will try to keep an eye on the inbox and respond to anything urgent, but otherwise things will be picked up in January.

We wish you all a peaceful and safe holiday season and a joyful new year.

Robin & Jen

Weekly News: 13th December 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: 6th December 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: 29th November 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 have writer friends, take a look at this list for gift ideas. Or just drop hints that you’d like some of them 🙂
  • Amazon UK will stop accepting VISA credit cards in January.
  • Why NFTs for authors may be a rush for fool’s gold.
  • Make sure your thriller is thrilling, not boring.
  • Use the Pomodoro technique to manage your time more effectively.
  • The NFT Bay” is a website created to illustrate that owning an NFT doesn’t stop anyone else downloading the attached artwork.
  • All about email bounce rates and how to reduce them.

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

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