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Writers’ guilt syndrome

  Well, having not long finished and published my latest book, I thought I’d take a little break from writing. Am I enjoying it? Hell no! I’ve scrolled through Facebook, ’til I’m sick of cute animal pictures, images of someone’s dinner (why?) and various other inanities. I’ve done the same with Twitter, Pininterest and so […] Original link
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How productive are you, as a writer?

It’s often said that authors will do anything but write, and to a certain extent that’s true. Why is this? Well, there are numerous reasons such as: kids, shopping, work – the general logistics of day-to-living. Put simply, it’s time and the disposition to sit down and get on with it. I suppose I’m luckier […] Original link
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Do you judge a book by its cover?

In the past, I’ve read some great books that’ve had terrible covers and conversely I’ve read, or tried to read, some dire books with great covers.  Nowadays, with the rise of self-publication, it’s more important than ever to present your work in its best bib and tucker, and although it should go without saying, that […] Original link
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Being Cocky in the Social Media Age

Originally posted on Tricia Drammeh : By now, most of you have heard about #Cockygate. If not, let me catch you up to speed: Romance author, Faleena Hopkins, filed a trademark on the word “cocky.” Once her trademark was approved, Faleena allegedly sent cease and desist letters to other authors who happened to have the word… Original link
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The Keyboard Tap Dance

Since I retired last year, I’ve re-edited and republished The Silver Flute trilogy, written three new books of short stories, and am now working on my current WIP Book I of The Songstress Trilogy, Elawyn.   My writing output has increased enormously, when compared to my previous activity, mostly because my time is now my own. However, I […] Original link
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Fantasy fiction fans! It’s easy peasy to grab a freebie!

http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate Calling all speculative fiction fans, if you love reading and you love freebies, why not combine the two and download a copy of my collection of short fantasy stories? Visit my swishy, revamped website today and subscribe to my emails list, also for free, and claim your copy today.  You can also browse, and […] Original link
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Why a great book…

…can really lift you up. As an avid reader, I really appreciate the effect a well written novel can have. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, getting stuck into a brilliant read lifts me up. Discovering new writers and stories that I really enjoy, is like hitting the mother lode.  I’m pretty eclectic […] Original link
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To review or not to review?

As a reader, when you purchase a book, do you bother to leave a review when you’ve finished it? I do, as I think it’s important to share your opinion with others. Why? Well, if I’ve enjoyed the work, I want others to enjoy it too. If I haven’t, I must admit I chicken out […] Original link
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Do you have a writing routine?

I do – of sorts. I’ve had the same writing routine for years, but now I’ve made some changes. See if you can spot them. Early start. The alarm goes off at 5am and after a lot of swearing, I switch it off and lurch my way to the bathroom. Feed the cat. The next, […] Original link
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Everyone likes freebies…

…so here’s one for all you lovely readers out there 🙂 Land of Midnight Days, book of The Silver Flute Trilogy, will be free to download for the next five days: 15th of January to 19th of January.  myBook.to/downloadnow And if you’d like another freebie, subscribe to my website and get A pocketful of Stories, a collection of short fantasy […] Original link
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The Essential Self-Publishing Guide


Originally posted on Tricia Drammeh : This is an exciting week for me! For the past several months, I’ve been working on putting together a self-publishing guide. My original plan was to compile previous articles I’d written, but the project got away from me and turned into over 170 pages. The Essential Self-Publishing Guide is for… Original link
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New worlds, new stories.


Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful […] Original link
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A Word On Literary Agents To New Authors


Originally posted on Scribe's Scribbles : If you are writing your first novel I want to share some advice with you. Whatever you do, once the manuscript has been polished to perfection: DO NOT APPROACH AN AGENT WITH IT. EVER!!!! Join writers groups and have them critique it. There are many very good editors out… Original link
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Looking for a Halloween read?


Here it is, available from:  http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate/books From horror, ghosts & fantasy, fifteen stories to entrance, scare and enthral. http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate/books Advertisements Filed under: Book Club Tagged: fantasy, ghosts, halloween, short stories, witches Original link
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Why Indie Writers are Important to Readers


Originally posted on J.D. Adamsson : There’s been some publicity recently about the lowering standards of books, about how indie writers have an overblown opinion of their abilities. Generalisations like that are rarely accurate, things are just never that simple. There are many writers in this world. The natural geniuses, who still nevertheless need a… Original link
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An interview with author, William Macmillan Jones


Welcome to my guest author today, William Macmillan Jones. Will lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just turned sixty lover of blues, rock […] Original link
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How do you learn to write?


I started writing when I was about fourteen. I’d always been good at writing essays at school and very much enjoyed it. I made stories up in my head too and this graduated into putting my day dreams down on paper, to feed my ever growing imagination. However, apart from the essays, I had no […] Original link
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Creating your own world view


As writers, we’re all aware of the need to build believable backdrops to our stories. In the case of speculative fiction, ie: science fiction or fantasy, they don’t necessarily need to be based on real places, but they do need to constructed in a way that aids the reader to suspend their disbelief.  Personally, when […] Original link
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To Self publish or not?


Free to download from: Amazon UK Amazon.US kobo itunes Smashwords   A lot of today’s writers seem to gravitate towards self publishing, rather than going the traditional route. Why is this? Well apart from the hassle of finding a traditional publisher to take you on, there’s also the freedom involved in owning the rights to […] Original link
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What is your word count?


As a writer, how many words a day do you churn out? Some authors can create whole chapters each day, others go long periods without producing anything at all. So why is this? Well, it could be due to lack of time, especially if you have to work full time, or run a household, or […] Original link
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