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Creative Writing: My Poetry

Creative Writing: Poems To Inspire: Welcome Dear Guest

Can anyone say how we came to be here in this human hotel? • Each day greeting new guests who come in with their bags, expecting their welcome and to be served (even as others remain). • Whether they’re wanted or we’d rather they moved along, we must bow, smile if we can, even when they’re too • too demanding, taking more than their turn, making us fear they may steal, fleece us, sweep us away from this place or just take more than we can bear. • We’ve had a few bad ones in, in our time, though most…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

This Week’s Highlights from the Self-Publishing Advice Blog

Each Tuesday I take a look here at  highlights from my other blog, at the Alliance of Independent Authors‘s Self-Publishing Advice Center. This week, Sukhi Jukla’s been explaining why she went against the advice given and took a deep dive into following her dream. Why Indie Authors Should Quit Their Day Jobs Like I Did. Debbie Young shared ALLi’s monthly round-up of less obvious book promotion ideas – 4 Creative Book Marketing & Promotion Ideas for Indie Authors and Self-published Books We revealed 1 Easy Way to Cut Production Costs on Self-published Books Without Compromising on Quality Ann Wilson gives us 6 Good Reasons to Write a…

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator, uncategorized

Creative Living: Your Weekly Motivator

So what are you creating this week? Creative writing wise, I’m working on On the Creative Living front, What about you? Each Monday I send a reminder email to creatives and creativists around the world. The pull of the outer world is strong, with ever more distractions being put our way, so we all need to be reminded to turn inwards, and reconnect with what we most truly want to do. Which is rarely what the world tells us we should want to do. The Monday Motivator reminds you to prioritize what’s most important to you this week and offers tips…

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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing

Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross: New Cover Reveal

A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. This week we made some exciting progress when we received the final proofs for the new covers for The Irish Trilogy. Orna is delighted with the new covers and we both think they are a significant upgrade on the old versions. The old covers felt slightly outdated and they didn’t reflect the strong storylines in The Irish Trilogy. So, a few weeks ago, Orna and I made the call to have them redesigned. Having looked at other covers on the market in the historical fiction genre we decided on some key…

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Creative Writing: Poems To Inspire: The Tao Te Ching

From Tao Te Ching (The Tao). Before the universe is born something formless and perfect exists. Serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. Unnamed and unnameable. It is the Mother of the universe. For want of a better name, I call it the Tao. I call it great. Great meaning boundless. Boundless is eternally flowing. Ever flowing, it is constantly returning. And so the Way is great, heaven is great, earth is great, people are great. Thus: to know humanity, understand earth. To know earth, understand heaven. To know heaven, understand the Way. To know the Way, understand the great Mother…

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing: Judging the Amazon Storyteller Competition

I’ve written before about how I love being part of a book club for how it makes you read books you wouldn’t usually choose for yourself. Judging writing competitions is the other way this sort of reading is thrust upon you. For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading widely across the indie author scene, as one of the judges of the Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award. Launched at the beginning of the year, the award was open to debut and experienced authors in English, across any genre, for a book published on KDP UK between 20th February and 20th May. The…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Creative Publishing: Highlights from the Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Blog

Every Tuesday, I bring you the Self-Publishing Advice Blog highlights of the past seven days. This week, our intrepid news editor, Dan Holloway’s, news round-up begins by congratulating Kathleen Jowitt on being the first indie author to win the Betty Trask Award. (Huge well done Kathleen!) He also includes the latest Smashwords survey, Elsevier winning their court battle, a warning about Publish America, a series of events aimed at indie authors you won’t want to miss, and he announces our revamped AskALLi broadcast schedule. I attended an event in London where Joanna Penn – colleague and friend – spoke on the topic: The Author As Publisher: Opportunity or Vanity?…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Creative Living: Create Date with Artist Keith Tyson

For this week’s create date, I took a last day with Keith Tyson, 2002 Turner Prize Winner, at Jerwood Gallery’s Turn Back Now exhibition, before it left Hastings. Tyson is an unassuming Northerner with a beard and specs, who uses the universe as his muse, creating art in almost every form, from painting and drawing to sculptures and machines. And he’s inspiringly prolific. The Jerwood was featuring the Studio Wall Drawings he calls “headline of the day”, a daily outpouring which he began back in 1997, as a way to explore creativity within the confines of a small studio. He continues to do…

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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing

Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross: Improving Your Book Description

A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. Last week, I spoke about blurbs, also known as book descriptions, and the importance of utilizing their full potential. I posted the original blurb for Orna’s book After the Rising and explained that we were going to improve it, using the techniques that I mentioned. To recap, some important points we considered were: Easy-to-read. Use spacing rather than bulky paragraphs HTML. Use HTML to make the blurb more eye-catching Length. Search engines use blurbs to direct readers to your book. Use the power of your full word allowance. Comparable titles. As…

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Creative Writing: Creative Presence, My Poetry

Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds

I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on another one, takes out a guitar starts to strum. Above, on the promenade the runners have begun to run. On the road, the traffic is starting to thrum. Down here where the waves whoosh and turn, we sit on, the young singer and I, two faces upturned, warmed by the same sun the same sky and the sound of the sea underscoring his song. For me, a poem is a key,…

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