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Six Mistakes To Avoid When Self-Publishing

April 4th, 2016

barcode-blogWhen I first started watching this clip I must confess to having reservations. I thought the content might by ‘too American’; I felt that Grace spoke rather too fast and she seems fond of a pet hate of mine – using your fingers to put ‘inverted commas’ around what you are saying.

But when I’d watched it through, I certainly warmed to her and I think the advice she gives is really sensible. Here are the main points she makes, and you can’t argue with any of them. Read the rest of this entry »




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That’s The Way To Do It!

June 8th, 2015

R.Belligerence-BlogOur kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.

My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.

“Are you the author?” I said.

“Yes,” she said

And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »




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Can You Really Get Rich Self-Publishing?

March 13th, 2015

STRANGER_MASTER_02_blogAs usual, thanks to David for last Friday’s blog. I love the fact that he feels working with Writers Bureau is like being part of a big, extended family. I’ve been with the company for over 30 years and still feel the same way!

Before I go any further I want to share a site I’ve found with you, in case you’ve not discovered it yet. It’s called AdviceToWriters and it’s a veritable goldmine of useful (and not so useful) information.

There is a daily quote – I liked this one by William Zinsser:

Repeat after me:

Short is better than long.

 Simple is good. (Louder.)

 Long Latin nouns are the enemy.

 Anglo-Saxon active verbs are your best friend.

 One thought per sentence.

Nothing like following your own advice! Read the rest of this entry »




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It’s a Complicated Business

September 22nd, 2014

Self-Publish-blogThey used to call it ‘Vanity-Publishing,’ but that was back in the days of rotary telephones and four channel TV. These days it’s ‘Self-Publishing,’ and it’s quite the thing. There’s loads of ‘Book-Making’ websites out there, Amazon even has one of its own. But are they any good? What do they actually provide? Do you have to pay them up front? And do they take a cut of your profits? (should you ever make any). Read the rest of this entry »




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Do You See Yourself As A Performance Poet?

August 22nd, 2014

Performance-Poetry-blogFirst, thanks to Andy for last Friday’s blog. It’s great to hear that he’s having so much success with his books. But it just goes to show that once you’ve finished your book you can’t just rest on your laurels. These days you’ve got to be proactive if you want to make an impact – especially if your work is self-published. Read the rest of this entry »




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