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Hello and welcome to my blog. You may know me as a novelist, as a poet, as Director of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, or as a creative facilitator. I do posts here wearing each of these hats. Scroll down to browse.

Sundays are for poetry, Mondays for creative motivation and inspiration. Thursdays offer a self-publishing roundup from ALLi and Fridays are for fiction. Anything can happen in between.

Latest News and Resources from ALLi - Week 21 2020
Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Latest News and Resources from ALLi – Week 21 2020

In this week’s highlights: The Most Useful Tools, Software, and Services for Independent Authors; Howard Lovy interviews Liza Perrat, a truly international indie author…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 21.

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Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast: How To Feature Your Poetry
Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast: How To Feature Your Poetry

Are you maximising all opportunities for attracting attention to your poetry? In this special #AskALLi Poetry Salon about how to feature your poetry and poetry books, Dalma and I compare the traditional way, and the new way, of attracting attention to your poetry. Traditional way… – submit to literary magazines – competitions – eventual establishment of reputation and publication of a collection New way… – feature on podcasts and social media with other poets – sharing your audience and growing your readers – publishing your own chapbooks and books While exploring the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches, this salon…

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Latest News and Resources from ALLi – Week 20 2020

In this week’s highlights: How to Boost Your Book Sales Through Marketing Using Traditional Media and P.R; Howard Lovy interviews Edward Trayer about his career as children’s author ‘Billy Bob Buttons’…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 20.

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Latest News and Resources from ALLi – Week 19 2020

In this week’s highlights: Build an Engaged Mailing List of Fans; Howard Lovy interviews Sonja Dewing about living on the wild side while she writes about it…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 19. Self-Publishing Advice Roundup: In this week’s, AskALLi Fiction & Nonfiction Podcast, Sacha Black and I discuss how to manage your mailing list to build an engaged readership. This week’s Inspirational Indie Authors podcast sees Howard Lovy interviewing Sonja Dewing. Sonja is an adventure writer who enjoys living on the wild side…

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poem for patrons: full flight
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Full Flight

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Full Flight I was going to post a different poem for the exclusive this month but then this one arrived. Though I was thinking of a dear friend as I wrote, I think it’s born out of lockdown too. How are you coping with lockdown? I have to admit, my online life is keeping me going. I was part of a panel discussion for US National Poetry Month this week and will feature three wonderful indie poets I got to know there in the next podcast… along with some of the great submissions on…

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Alliance of Independent Authors Blog Roundup 2020 Week 18

In this week’s highlights: What if a Hybrid Publisher Wants to Charge me a Ton of Money?; Howard Lovy interviews Cody Sisco about how he lives and breathes the indie publishing spirit…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 18.

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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

International Poetry Circle

I wanted to tell you about a fantastic social media initiative that is also a great example of the kinds of things that are being born out of the creative conditions created by the lockdown. Tara Skurtu, wonderful poet and writer had the idea for The International Poetry Circle in March. She wanted to create a place to bring poets, poetry readers and poetry lovers together as we headed into sheltering, cocooning, quarantining and socially isolating ourselves. “People often turn to poetry in tough times,” she said, “so I’m starting Poetry Circle—a growing thread of people reading their poems and…

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Alliance of Independent Authors Blog Roundup 2020 Week 17

In this week’s highlights: Productive Self-Publishing During COVID-19; Howard Lovy asks the other AskALLi podcasters, and a few previous guests, to talk to us about how they’re coping during the COVID-19 crisis…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 17.

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

Alliance of Independent Authors Blog Roundup 2020 Week 16

In this week’s highlights: Friends don’t let friends use vanity presses; Howard Lovy interviews Clare Flynn, a novelist who recently won a Selfies Award for best adult fiction…..and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 16.

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