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Too late for this year but perhaps next…? A competition for self-published authors

August 31st is the deadline for the Kindle Storyteller Award which Amazon celebrates the best self-published story in the UK with a £20,000 cash prize. I know that is still … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

One million self-published print books in 2017

It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

Self-publishing news: print books will be sold in 640 American book shops

Barnes & Noble, America’s biggest bookshop chain, has annouced that it will now give self-published authors the opportunity to have their books in their stores. Authors will also be able … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

How self-published authors can stop shooting themselves in the foot

A lot of self-published authors ruin the book they have worked so hard to create by thinking they can design their own cover. Many want to shoehorn in a lot … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

What the Opportunity of a Lifetime did for Me

Guest Post by writer Laura Sleep In late 2011 something happened which was either a huge coincidence or fate. Depending on how life is going I pivot between these two … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Does this novel have the best feel-good title?

French writer Agnes Martin-Lugand self-published her first novel in December 2013. People started reading it. And then more people and pretty soon it was at the top of the French … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

I need advice and if you’ve ever bought a book, you’re qualified to give it

Four months ago I self-published BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL – an ebook of 30 writing exercises that I’ve developed over nine years of teaching on university undergraduate courses and … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 34 Comments

Route to Publication by Danny Kemp – the self-published London taxi driver with a film deal

Today I’m handing over my blog to Danny Kemp, a self-published author who came to writing almost by chance. Over to you Danny… I wrote my first book when I … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 13 Comments

Guest Post – THE ROUTE TO PUBLICATION Seumas Gallacher on how he discovered that he had to make social networks work for him if he wanted to be a self-published author

I’m handing my blog over today to Seumas Gallacher, a Glasgow banker turned crime author who says that finishing his first novel was one of the best feelings he has … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

First official UK ebook chart

If you’ve ever wondered how ebook sales compare with ‘real’ books The Bookseller – a London based magazine for the book trade that’s been going since Dickens was in his … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Self-Publishing Advice for Writers — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

BOOK DESIGNER is a blog offering practical advice to independent authors who want to self-publish. It is written by Joel Friedlander who must have print ink in his veins. His … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a writer … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

Why you SHOULD judge a book by its cover

Self or indy publishing offers a of lot of possibilities to writers, but there are many pitfalls too. A recent article on The Huffington Post explores the depths that the … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

50 Shades a Self-Publishing Success Story? I Don’t Think So

Random House have just announced a massive increase in profits for the first half of 2012 – over 20% – and a lot of those percentage points are down to … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · Leave a comment