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[ 6 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]

 Life is short, right? The world is large, the opportunities are never-ending, so to make the most out of things, one must cram as much as possible into the finite number of years we are accorded. I suppose that must be the basic reasoning behind my urge to combine a 50-60 hour per week day-job with four children and a time-consuming – if utterly addictive – side-line as a writer of historical fiction. (Seriously: what was I thinking? That I was Superwoman? Err… yes)
I could have chosen to write romance …

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[ 2 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
How do I publish my book? #selfpublishing #crowdfunding #publishing

Do you have a book in you? If you have written your first draft you might now be at the stage of trying to decide how to get your book published. In this article, Antonia Chitty, author of more than 20 books, explains your choices and the pluses and minuses of self publishing and working with a publisher. 
Almost anyone can publish a book nowadays, and I would say the main difference between those who dream of getting published and those who have a book in print is simply persistence and …

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[ 23 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]

Your Name and Age: Hazel Davis, 38
Tell us about your family
I have a long-term partner, Bob, who I have been with for 15 years (!) and we have two daughters, Clem (nearly 3) and Gilda (18 months). We live in West Yorkshire.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
I was going to be an academic and was studying for a PhD in linguistics at Leeds University but my heart wasn’t in it. I loved writing and had started getting a …

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[ 19 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Julie Howell
Everyone knows how hard it is to get a book deal. JK Rowling is a prime example. Jo’s manuscript was rejected by 12 publishing houses before Bloomsbury gave her the break she desperately needed. While it is comforting to know that perseverance can pay off the brutal truth is that it is harder than ever to win a publishing contract. Many authors persevere for decades with little or no interest from publishers. When I decided to write a book I knew that I didn’t want to …

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[ 10 Jul 2013 | No Comment ]

Have you dreamed of writing a children’s book? Read this profile from Melanie Doré – Author of the Elephant Tree and discover how she did it. 
I live in south west London with my husband Colin and two children Charis 18 and Josh 12. Up until three years ago I worked as Teaching Assistant and a Play worker. Then one day on my way to work I had a car accident and because of my injuries meant I had to take time off work to recover.
It was then I finally had time to …

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[ 24 Feb 2013 | No Comment ]

If you are copywriting for your own business, there are some common pitfalls that I see time and time again. Read this article and you’ll be able to avoid them:

Your / you’re: Use ‘your’ when showing ownership, as in ‘your blog’ and ‘you’re’ when you mean ‘you are’.
It’s / its:  It’s is short for ‘it is’, while ‘its’ is a possessive pronoun. E.g. ‘It’s going to be a long day’ or ‘My blog has rather lost its way’.
There / their: there is a place, ‘their’ is something belonging to them.
Practice …

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[ 4 Jan 2013 | No Comment ]
Want to kick start the New Year with your own ECourse?

Want a new way to build a list of people interested in your business? ‘Create an eCourse’ they say! If you’ve been advised to create an eCourse, you might be wondering
What an eCourse is?
Why you should create one?
And how to do it?
Our 7 Step Ecourse Workbook is what you are looking for. We will take you step by step through creating an ecourse.
The workbook covers:
Researching possible niches
Carrying out market research
Planning your eCourse content
Building your following
Creating content
Selling your eCourse
Creating further content and complementary products
Sign up for our FREE 7 Step Ecourse …

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[ 24 Oct 2012 | No Comment ]

So you wa.nt to write a short story? A great one? When I was first asked to provide a list of tips on how to write a terrific short story I drew a blank. I’ve not written a short story since high school, so I’m no expert. I’ve not even thought about writing a short story. But then I realised that, like you, I read. I read a lot. And what I mostly read is short fiction. So, it’s possible I might have picked up an idea or two.
1. Write
This …

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[ 9 Jul 2012 | No Comment ]
Allan Plenderleith, Silly Sprouts, eBooks and apps

Last week I interviewed Allan Plenderleith, author of The Smelly Sprout, Tiny Tinga, The Boy Giant and Princess Chocolate. At Britmums Live so many people who I spoke to after my session on writing an eBook wanted to know about writing and publishing illustrated  and children’s books that I thought I’d talk to an expert.
You may have seen Allan’s books in stores, but it is more likely that you will have downloaded on of them as an app – there have been over 3 million downloads of his books in …

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[ 21 May 2012 | No Comment ]
Do you want to be an author?

Earlier this year we ran ‘From Knowledge to Profit’, a course to help anyone who wants to write an eBook. Some of the course members are still working hard on their books, others like Chloe Asquith have already seen success – Chloe has completed her eBook and now has a publishing deal for her next one.
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