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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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Want to know the latest news in self-publishing? Click over to my creative Alliance of Independent Authors partners and friends blog at the ALLi Author Advice Centre and discover what has been making the headlines in our regular Friday ALLi news post. This week’s top story is the  Author Earnings Report for February 2016. But don’t let all those stats and graphs put you off, this is a user-friendly guide packed full of good news, including how self-published e-books now account for almost 45% of sales online in the US. Not bad, is it? And apart from the latest stories, there…

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Creatives can keep up with all that’s happening in the ever-growing self-publishing industry with a quick click over to my partners and friends at ALLi. In our regular self-publishing news post this week, are reports on how digital technology has revolutionized publishing in independent authors’ favour,  and also  the impact growing smartphone take-up globally is changing the way we read. Worth checking out on the informative ALLi Advice Centre blog,  this Friday – and every Friday!

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Indie authors who want to keep ahead with all things happening in the creative world can get the latest ALLi self-publishing news from my partners and friends over at the Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Centre. The blog is open to members and non-members alike, filled with super-informative advice for authors each day, while every Friday news and developments self-publishing related are covered in regular posts. This week’s news reports on how audiobooks are now the fastest-growing genre in publishing. It also hones in on some of those thorny issues many indie authors will identify with and which are now…

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Click over to the latest self-publishing news from my friends at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Advice Centre blog in this regular, lively post for indie authors. This week’s reports cover new developments in the industry, including a look at a recent NYC cross-cultural literary event, Festival Albertine;  ALLi’s upcoming new Members Rights’ Guide;  plus Amazon’s Kindle Scout reader-powered platform’s extended global availability, and much more. Keep up with the news, this Friday, and every Friday!

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Discover how e-books by independent authors continue to sell in greater numbers than trade-published works in our weekly round up of self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Author Advice Centre. The post highlights the competing sales data analysis on digital books, with headlines in the press giving incomplete figures. ALLi news also looks at how independent bookshops – recently seen as a threatened species – are making a comeback, and with a whole new look. Check out the regular news stories, and much more, each week from my friends and colleagues at ALLi – your first click for…

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Publishing events of interest to indie authors are an increasing fixture on the literary calendar, and the self-publishing news from my friends at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)  this week highlights a two-in-one conference coming up in London at the end of November (with ALLi members enjoying special discounts on tickets). Along with those details of Author Day and FutureBook 2015, other news featured by ALLi reporter Valerie Shanley is the buzz around Amazon’s new bookstore (not online, but the real thing) in Seattle this week, plus e-book subscription services – great value for readers, but a good deal for…

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Take a click over to the latest self-publishing news post this week with reports on a new ebook distribution partnership, the result of a long-running battle over author copyright, and Amazon’s legal action against fake reviewers online. ALLi reporter Valerie Shanley gathers all the weekly news on the blog from my partners and friends at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) – and well worth a regular Friday read.

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Take a quick click over to the latest self-publishing news, brought to you by my colleagues and friends at the Author Advice Centre by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). One story that has the media as well as writing forums buzzing is the announcement by a major bookstore chain that it will no longer stock Kindles due to “pitiful” sales. This hones in yet again on what some view as the competition between  print books versus eBooks. But are we not all ‘hybrid’ readers now, with everyone enjoying both to get their literary fix? Find out with our ALLi…

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As we head into the busiest book-selling period of the year, there is Self-publishing News a-plenty from my ALLi partners and friends at the ALLi Author Advice Centre. Skip on over to this week’s post to discover new data on how many indies are making a decent living from their work, plus much more (this Friday, and every Friday).

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