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How to (actually) read more books?

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
How to (actually) read more books?

Have you ever thought it would be nice to read more books? Yep, us too. Now, there’s just the matter of freeing up some time to actually read them. Here’s a handy tutorial packed with ideas on how to achieve just that in your life.

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Great writing & productivity software for authors.

May 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Great writing & productivity software for authors.

A bad craftsperson usually blames their tools (apparently), so let’s remove that excuse from the list and crack on with this great piece from authors Joanna Penn and Orna Ross about what the best software tools are you’ll need to cope with the writing world. Everything from writing, editing, formatting, productivity, marketing, sales, and accounting software for writers is covered. Interestingly enough, I use about 80% of what they talk about here, myself.

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Using Kickstarter campaigns to fund your books.

May 8, 2020 | By | Reply More
Using Kickstarter campaigns to fund your books.

Here’s an interesting hour long video interview with epic fantasy author Nicholas Kotar who funds his novels using the Kickstarter web site to crowd-fund money for each release.

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Editing your novel: how to do your initial self-edits?

May 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editing your novel: how to do your initial self-edits?

In this short six-minute-long video, fantasy author Joanna Penn explains how to tackle your first round of edits, what to look for in the manuscript, and other helpful tips for your self-editing process.

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Romance author Rachael Anderson interviewed (video).

April 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Romance author Rachael Anderson interviewed (video).

Romance author Rachael Anderson started out with a traditional publishing contract and later shifted to indie-publishing. She’s a rare beast in that she still puts her books together inexpensively (DIY covers and editing swaps with other authors), even though she sells very well. In this interview with the Six Figure Authors Podcast crew, Rachael chats about the state of the romance genre for authors, and how hard marketing novels is in the various romance subgenres. 

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Good mental health for writers (video).

April 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Good mental health for writers (video).

People are eager to seek help whenever they suffer a physical sickness, but can be less quick when it comes to mental health. Stress, anxiety, depression – these can all take a toll. Author James P Sumner, discovered this the hard way. The problems started when he was stuck in a poor relationship and, with nowhere to escape to (when your hobby is your job, your problems are always only a room away), his mental health began to suffer. It all crescendoed when he had a heart attack at 37. Something needed to change. Here’s an interview between James and fellow author Mark Dawson, where James details his tips for good […]

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Google resources to take lessons online during the pandemic.

April 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Google resources to take lessons online during the pandemic.

This is a quick alert for all you hard-pressed teachers and educators out there. Google have just published their guide to their systems for taking lessons and classes online during the period of Covid-home learning. You’ll find it over at https://edu.google.com/intl/en_uk/latest-news/covid-19-support-resources/

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Facebook Live. You know, for authors.

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Facebook Live. You know, for authors.

The historical romance author Cecelia Mecca interviewed about the joy of using Facebook Live broadcasts as a writer to interact with your readers. 

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How to format your book using the Vellum software.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to format your book using the Vellum software.

In this video, author J Penn looks at formatting options for e-book and print books, and demos the Vellum software (for Apple Mac only: sorry, no PC version, yet). She tackles importing from Word, different style options, cover and titles, image auto-resizing, various formatting options for fiction and non-fiction, hyperlinks and how to switch them for the print version, making an e-book boxset, and generating for Kindle, ePub and print-ready PDF. 

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The art of book cover design.

February 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
The art of book cover design.

Book cover designer Stuart Bache has illustrated covers for authors such as John Le Carre and Stephen King, as well as many others. Stuart Bache talks about a new course he has put together to help authors design their own professional-looking book covers. He gets into why book covers matter so much; considering genre when designing a book cover, and mistakes authors make when they consider book covers.

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