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The Story is Complete!

Today marks a big day! Nearly nine years ago, I had the notion to turn my family history into a novel. Not because I’d always wanted to be an author – the thought had never crossed my mind before – … Continue reading

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How writing a book can take over your life…

It was way back in 2010 that I had the idea of writing a book based on my family history research. I’d never done any creative writing before and had never imagined being an author, but I had a story … Continue reading

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From Story to Book: Nearly There!

When I made the decision to write a book out of my family history research, I literally had no idea what I was doing. Not about writing fiction, not about Victorian-era England, nothing. All I knew was that I had … Continue reading

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Twelve Things to do Prior to Launching a Book

If I’d known then, what I know now, would I have ever written a book? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself repeatedly over recent weeks and if I’m being perfectly honest, I think the answer would be no! That’s … Continue reading

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5 Reasons I Chose to Self-Publish

There’s a lot written on the relative merits of traditional vs self-publishing. There is a view that many authors only self-publish after failing to secure an agent or traditional publishing deal. While this may be the case for some, more … Continue reading

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When Writing Fiction Based on Real Life – Should you Change Character Names?

When I started my writing journey, I used the real names of the characters. It wasn’t because I was being lazy, it was because I was writing about  my ancestors and I wanted to ‘connect’ with them and know who … Continue reading

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Self-publishing and the snobbery issue

Originally posted on Alison Williams Writing:
I work with all different types of authors, those who are hoping to secure a publishing deal, those who are chasing the self-publishing dream and even a couple who have gone on to secure…

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Do I need a proofreader, an editor, or both?

Originally posted on Perfect Prose Services:
Do I need a proofreader, an editor, or both? Well, it depends on the level of help you need with your manuscript. In an ideal world, the response would be both. However, many authors…

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Building an Email List: The Value of a Short Story

For anyone embarking on self-publishing, one of the key things to develop is an email list. There are numerous websites giving advice on how to do this, and in theory they all sound very reasonable. There’s just one problem: Content Marketing The vast … Continue reading

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Plan for Success: How Indie Writers can become Successful Authors

The number of hats a self-published author has to wear to give their book the best chance of success is staggering. I’ve listed 14 that have come onto my radar so far. Continue reading

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