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Self-Publishing Authors At Amazon Academy

I spent Wednesday at Amazon’s very cool Fashion Studio in Hoxton, speaking about the author journey and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), for the UK’s first Amazon Academy. Enterprise Nation, partnering with Amazon and the Guardian Small Business Network, delivered a day of insights into how small business owners can use digital technology to increase online sales and exports. More than 200 creative entrepreneurs gathered in London on 23 November for the event, including lots of aspiring and emerging indie authors, and a number of ALLi members. Three bestselling authors — Mark Dawson, Talli Roland and Joseph Alexander — were speaking…

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You entered school brimming with physical, artistic, musical, spiritual and practical intelligences only to have them boxed into standarised testing. And two categories of achievement: clever or not so. What you learned there, alongside (if you were lucky) how to read, write and solve logical problems, was our society’s accepted rules, spoken and unspoken. And how to

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Ideas of the Decade

Having taught in art schools for most of my four decades in the classroom, I am [also] used to having students who work with their hands—ceramicists, weavers, woodworkers, metal smiths, jazz drummers. There is a calm, centered, Zen-like engagement with the physical world in their lives. In contrast, I see glib, cynical, neurotic elite-school graduates roiling everywhere in journalism and the media. They have been ill-served by their trendy, word-centered educations.

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It's A Job Not Just A Dream.

Maya Rudolph always wanted to be a comedian. Yet in college, she says: “I was studying everything but comedy: photography, women’s studies, filmmaking… Then… my father asked me what I planned to do after I graduated, and I told him point blank:’ I want to be on Saturday Night Live…’ He just said, ‘Great. Now you need to figure out how to get there.’ After that talk, I realised that becoming a comedian is Read More

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