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Self-publishing Author Advice about the art and craft of writing great books

How to write creatively

What Is Creative Writing?

A number of ALLi advisors and members, including Joanna Penn, Alison Baverstock, and Jane Dixon-Smith are making  their way to Manchester in August, to  take part in The Guardian Masterclass in Self-publishing  (August 4th). I’m going to be talking about Writing Creative Fiction and Nonfiction. The title of that workshop always leads somebody to ask first, what is […]

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Front cover of Disposable People by Ezekel Alan

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Ezekel Alan.

“My novel Disposable People became the first self-published book to win a major prize.” Jamaican indie author Ezekel Alan shares the story of his groundbreaking achievement. What’s the secret of your success? I wouldn’t as yet consider myself successful, but I hope I am getting there. Winning the Commonwealth Book Prize Regional Award gave my […]

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The author Raymond Bean

Writing for Reluctant Readers

Children’s author Raymond Bean describes how he discovered and researched the perfect subject for books to engage reluctant young readers. No publisher was interested so he self-published, resulting in a series of best-selling books now being translated and sold around the world. I’ve taught elementary school for fifteen years. There are many challenges when you teach […]

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How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: CJ Lyons.

“It’s all about the reader.” CJ Lyons talks about the writing and publishing strategies that have led her to her to sell more than two million books so far, with five new releases in 2013. What’s the secret of your success? I try to always put my readers first with every decision I make. Whether it’s editorial, […]

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Best-selling indie author Mel Sherratt

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Mel Sherratt.

“Twitter changed my life, it really did.” Mel Sherratt talks about the writing and publishing strategies that have made her a bestselling indie and led her to her to signing a two-book deal with Thomas & Mercer this week. What’s the secret of your success? Bloody-minded stubbornness, I think! I’ve always wanted to write books […]

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Cellphone novel, anyone? One of the new literary forms ripe for self-publishers

New Literary Forms for Self-Publishers

One of the least discussed benefits of ebooks and digital publishing is how they are giving rise to interesting new literary forms. Self-publishers, being more nimble and less constrained than trade-contracted authors, are finding fruitful niches and changing what it means to write and read a “book”. Short And Sweet. The greatest difference between an […]

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Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion

All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion, writes Bella Puglisi one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. It lies at the core of every character’s decision, action, and word, all of which drive the story. Without […]

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