My Writing Life: Pauline Baird Jones

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When did you first discover a love of writing? Is there a particular book that made you want to become a writer? I fell in love with books first, of course, but I think it was Georgette Heyer's books that caused me to pick up a pen (back in the olden days when that's all I had to write with) and write what I now know was fan-fiction. Then it was just a case of: "I don't want this book to end, so I'll write more so it won't end." Where do you get your story ideas? My ideas seem to happen in this weird part of my brain. Sometimes it is a jungle I must pass through. Others a locked room with a combination I have to figure out. And always it is an adventure I pass through with my characters. I can see external triggers every now and again, but the story that results doesn't usually … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 026 – Important Things To Know About eBook Publishing

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  Kobo and Kobo Writing Life have long been known for being open, social and collaborative. And this episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast is no exception. In fact, to start 2015 off on the right foot, we thought it would be useful, in our ongoing communication with authors regarding the importance of making your work available on multiple platforms, and not just on Kindle, to help with that. This episode contains a collection of tips curated from the Author Marketing Podcast by Author Marketing Institute founder Jim Kukral covering tips and things you might not know about publishing a book to Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble), iBooks (Apple) and Google Play. Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre sets up the various clips from Jim's fantastic podcast. The tips that Jim … [Read more...]

Is Your Funny Flabby? Better Hit the Comedy Gym

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By Jefferson Smith Humor is one of the most powerful implements in the writer's tool kit. A quick wit can be a spark of light to balance dark times; shared laughter can unite uncertain allies against insurmountable oppressions; the quality and content of a joke, and the reactions to it, can illuminate the character and intellect of every hero, villain, or bystander who hears it. Yet authors rarely wield this weapon with any facility, and even fewer attempt a conscious study of it, which is a shame. Because even if you write more like Tennessee Williams than Robin Williams, you can beef up your funny muscle. All you need to do is find the right gym. I found my gym entirely by accident. Like most writers, I started young, developing my chops on short stories in high school and then … [Read more...]

Financial Freedom on the 8.15: How to Make the Most of the Writing Time You’ve Got

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By Mark Dawson You might be reading this on a train or a bus. If you are, have a look around. What do you see? People with their heads in newspapers. Some listening to music. Others reading books, asleep, staring out of the window, or watching something on their tablets. Of those with laptops, I’d bet a small number will be writing a novel. And some of them might be making pretty good money. I have a full time film industry job in London’s Soho and a young family in Wiltshire. Writing almost exclusively on the train, I have written and launched eight novels, novellas and collections this year. From an underwhelming beginning, those books are now downloaded, on average, more than 20,000 times a month. They will have made me nearly three times what I earned in my day job in the last … [Read more...]

whitefox presents “The Amulet of Sleep”

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whitefox are pleased to announce UK publication of the first volume in Andrea Atzori‘s fantasy YA series: The Amulet of Sleep     The Amulet of Sleep is the opening book in the Iskìda of the Land of Nurak trilogy, a series of epic fantasy novels for YA readers. Already award-winning in Italy, Andrea Atzori’s home country, the books look set to join the booming market for genre fiction. Having found success after publishing traditionally in Italian, Atzori turned his sights internationally.   Andrea saw the UK’s ever-increasing appetite for magical fiction as the perfect fit for his venture into independent, foreign self-publishing. Set in an elaborately constructed world rendolent of The Lord of The Rings and The Hunger Games, The Amulet of Sleep will not … [Read more...]

Ann-Marie MacDonald On Writing Aspects Of Yourself Into Your Novel

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By Jenn Shenouda It’s hard to be a writer and not come across that old cliché “write what you know” at least once in your career. If you are strapped for time or looking for inspiration however, there may just be a bit of gold left to mine in that overused piece of advice. Look at it this way: your life history is already at your fingertips.  You are probably the most fleshed-out character that you’ll ever meet.  And because your research is mostly in your head, All you have to do to access it is to remember—to do a bit of snooping into your own psyche and see what’s there for the taking. Just ask, Ann-Marie MacDonald—author of the widely acclaimed new novel Adult Onset. More than a decade removed since her last novel The Way the Crow Flies, Adult Onset is just as much a … [Read more...]

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