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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Apr 25 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about the fabulous Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival. Dan also talks about Amazon’s expansion within Australia, Audible’s suspension of one of its mechanisms, a self-publishing masterclass in September, and the return of the indie author focused Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival.  And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Inspirations: Imogen Heap and Mycelia For Music

It was wonderful to meet musician and creative activist, Imogen Heap, at one of the Creative Industries Federation‘s breakfasts last week in London. (Love being a member of the Federation, which does sterling work here for creatives of all kinds here in the UK) I’m hoping to have Imogen on the Go Creative! Show soon to talk to our growing band of creatives and creativists about her inspiring initiative Mycelia For Music and what we might be able to learn from it that can be applied to publishing. Musicians are a few years ahead of writers, I think, when it comes to awareness…

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The Key Question For Artists And Creatives

Are you creating mostly for you or mostly for others? At ALLi, all the advice in our guidebooks, online conferences and other education assumes that the writer reading them wants to entertain, inform or inspire others. Ideally, as many others as possible. But not all do. Some writers just want the joy and pleasure of writing. It’s completely valid for a writer, an artist, or any kind of creative, to create only in order to create. Nothing is more valid, more pure than making your stuff, your way, for yourself. TRY THIS: Creating For Self Where do you fall, on a…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Grounded

Plane grounded / we stay seated. On all sides / fields of fog 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: Apr 18 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway asks you to stop and remember why. Dan also talks about the Association of American Publishers’ latest figures with an interesting development in audiobooks, Kindle Unlimited’s fascinating survey, more stats coming from the Netherlands, and upcoming focus days. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Welcome Home

Waves churn, sun / shines and the gulls are screaming. / Welcome home. 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: Apr 11 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway welcomes the warmer, sunnier days. Dan also talks about the change BEA have made to this years trade show, what Livejournal’s recent takeover means to us indies, an excitement development in the World’s Indiest city, the new ebook format and the addition to BookBub’s categories. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: Setting Your Core Intention

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mail is “Setting Your Core Intention” Each week I send a Monday mail as a reminder to creatives and creativists. The pull of the outer,  conventional world is strong, with ever more distractions, so we all need reminding to turn inwards, and focus on what we most truly want. This is a weekly reminder to do just that. I share what I’m making this week and tips, tools and techniques from the Go Creative! books to motivate and inspire you, together with the latest episode of the Go Creative! Show, a free-writing prompt around our theme…

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This week’s Go Creative! Show sees the last of this series about the pre-intention phase of the creative process. setting a creative intention Sondra has been talking us through her experience of setting a clear money intention to get her financial life where she wants it to be.  Ready now, after some weeks of preparation, to set her core intention, she is surprised to find the intention she finally sets isn’t one of her Significant Seven wants, nor one of her Top Three. We discuss how change is the only constant in the creative process and how, in the words of the…

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From their rocks / seagulls watch nightfall stir in / the water 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 time,…

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