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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 17 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about the sudden cessation of business by ebook distribution platform All Romance. Dan also talks about the Kindle milestone, Nook, crowdfunding potential, ebooks in libraries, and Digital Book World Indie Day. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Fog

From the fog / white-ribboned in and out push / of the waves. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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This Week’s Book Extract: from Creativist Compendium

Letting Go An extract from Creativist Compendium Conscious Creation is not about working relentlessly hard to meet goals. Though effort is needed, it’s not the conventional effort of striving, stress, or strain, and intentional rest is very much part of the process. This extract from Inspiration Medi- tation, introduces the concept of such intentional rest. Creative rest is not time off from the creative process: it is the creative process. Every productive writer and artist talks about how the best ideas, the ones with most depth, resonance and coherence, surface during downtime. “When I am… completely myself, entirely alone and…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 10 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about this week’s bookstore controversy from the North of England. Dan also talks about the resilience of print sales, book platforms: Kobo, Nook, Medium, and the new award for British BAME writers. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Your Monday Motivator: Conscious Creation

So, it’s 10 January. How are those new year resolutions coming along? If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Or replying will-based discipline to creating what you want to create in your life. If you’re like most people you’ll be find those resolutions are already fraying at the edges. According to market researchers Opinion Research Corp., 92% of us go about our daily lives failing to create what we most want. Whether our desire is physical (as, in their study, 38% of the desires); emotional (31%), financial (34%) or, interestingly…

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Children flit / In and out of sun and shade / Smiles flashing. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 3 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about resolutions. Dan also talks about ‘that article’ in The Huffington Post, Amazon smashing its Christmas revenue, traditional bookstores decrease in sales,  All Romance Ebooks, and the arrival of a new piece of reading technology available for iPad’s and iPhone’s. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Her Secret Rose Book Covers Orna Ross
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Would You Like To Help Launch A Bestseller?

I’m writing a film script based on my book Her Secret Rose, my historical novel drama about the love triangle between the Irish poet WB Yeats, his muse the revolutionary feminist Maud Gonne, and her daughter, Iseult. (Yes, you read that right, and yes, it is a true story, though told as page-turning fiction. Believe me, you couldn’t make it up). The book won recently the inaugural Carousel-Aware prize (best novel) and I’m almost ready to ask my agent to send the pitch out to film companies. If I can also make it a bestseller on Amazon, it stands a…

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I have some gifts — three freebies and three discount offers — that I hope will put a smile on your face this holiday season. All of these make a good gift for yourself — or to pass on to a friend who is interested in such things. THREE FREEBIES  FREE EBOOK: A Compendium For Creativists This is an anthology of advice for creatives and creativists and anyone interested in conscious creation: Get your free book here   FREE MOTIVATOR MAIL: Weekly creative reminder Each week through the year, I send a motivator mail on Mondays with maps and logs…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Dec 20 2016

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway closes the year with a request to ensure the longevity of indie authors for future generations. Dan also bids farewell to Galleycat, talks about Books on the Underground devoting a day to self-published books for the first time, the ongoing colouring book VAT debate, and the security information all WordPress users should read. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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