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You Have Decided to Write. Now what?

Congratulations you have made the decision to write. Now you have to make it happen. Publishing a book can open up a wealth of opportunities. Bear in mind, however, that in the writing world being creative does not necessarily mean you will be successful.  A healthy...

Crunching The Numbers – How Long Should Your Book Be?

Have you ever been put off a potentially good read by the length of the book? Similarly have you dismissed a much lighter offering as probably not being informative enough?  If you have, then you will appreciate the importance of getting the length of the book right....

How To Promote Your Book on Social Media

Social media is by far the most commonly used tool for book promotion. But are you using it in the right way as an author? When used in the right way, social media is an incredibly powerful tool. Build your social media strategy thinking about three stages....

How to get reviews for self-published books

The value and legitimacy of advance reviews is often debated. Although in percentage terms it’s hard to assess their contribution to sales, positive reviews send powerful messages to the public and can be a catalyst for success. Good quality, appropriate endorsements...

Spell Check – what it is and what it is not

What is “spell check” or “spell checker”? It is a software program designed to identify misspelled words and notify the user. This notification, if using Microsoft Word, displays as a red squiggly line, and with a right click of the mouse, will have suggestions if the...

The best workspaces for authors to write

Just as a house depends on solid foundations, establishing a good writing environment forms an important base for your development as an authorpreneur. Although literary circles abound with accounts of people writing best selling works in libraries, coffee shops and...

Deciding between a hardcover or paperback book cover

Hard or soft sell? Choosing your book cover A substantial heavyweight that needs its own table or a frequent flyer that fits easily into cabin baggage? Your choice of a hard or paperback book cover will largely be determined by cost, print run and genre. Before making...

The devil is in the details – why good grammar is important

People often exhibit disdain towards the use of good grammar, dismissing it as anachronistic, irrelevant, and boring! After all is there really a place for it in our fast- connecting world and the abbreviated way in which we communicate with one another these days?  ...

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