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

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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Beyond The Book

Your book Is only the beginning, says writing and publishing expert and ALLi Advisor, Joanna Penn.  Technology and online tools now enable any author who is willing to learn a few simple skills to turn their book into a variety of multimedia products. Non-fiction writers in particular have the opportunity to make their books the basis […]

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Writer: Who Are You? A Guest Post by Dan Holloway.

OK, I’m the first to admit I’m subject to a not insubstantial influence from Ginsberg, Cassady, Patti Smith and various other parts of late mid twentieth century American countercultur — but this really has nothing to do with navel-gazing, primal screams or the Age of Aquarius. Just like those slightly awkward elements of hippydom, though, […]

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