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: Indie Author Fringe

One of the 100 Most Influential People in Publishing? Me?

So… sat me down with a soya latte around 11, as is my wont, and the browsing material this morning was The Bookseller’s “100 Most Influential People in Publishing”. I was enjoying the read when I suddenly found myself nearly spitting out my coffee. For there, on the page of Rs, (alphabetical order) was…  me? Sharing space with the likes of Charlie Redmayne, CEO of Harper Collins; Amanda Ridout, Head of Zeus, and a certain Ms Rowling. Huh? It was for the work done by The Alliance of Independent Authors, of course. I’m still stunned, but also of course, so chuffed….

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The Three Sides to Every Tool

Margaret Atwood: “Every tool has three sides. The sharp side (the upside). The blunt side (the down side). And the stupid side. The side you didn’t anticipate, whose consequences you did not intend. The side that sees you Read More

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Five Things I Want To Do

I’ve been writing a lot about creative intentions and thinking about my own for 2012. Now that the new year is settling in, I’d like to share some of what I’ll be up to over the coming 12 months. 1. PUBLISHING. It’s no news that I’m a convert to indie publishing, and have taken my rights back from Penguin so I can publish my own work as ebook titles and print-on-demand (POD). Just before Christmas, I Read More

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Five Tips to Go From Blog to Book.

Think your blog can be the next bestseller? Here are some tips for aspiring writers from editor Iris Blisi:
1. Consider your category. The web is a goldmine for humor writers in particular. “If you’re funny and your voice is unique, people will come to it,” says Patrick Mulligan, editor and blog scout.
2. Pay heed to tradition even in a digital environment. The best way to catch the attention of an agent or editor? “A good,

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Note to Beginner Writers

If you want to be a writer, not just a hack, you’ve got to make writing top of your heap. It has to be, or become, more important to you than two of the following: money, family or friends. It definitely has to be more important than TV. You’ve got to do the work. Lay down sentences and paragraphs, like an athlete lays down miles. Put words through your fingers, like a musician drums scales. Go on your metaphorical knees to the mystery of inspiration, like a priest before an altar.

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