Ten Reasons Your Book Is Not Ready To Publish – from Self-Publishing Review…


When to know your book is ready to publish…

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You’ve had the line edit and worked on the notes your editor gave you.

You’ve had the manuscript proofread.

Then why is the biggest issue with self-published books is that they get published too early in the process?

Editor Cate Baum gives you ten reasons why your book may not be as ready as you think it is.

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72 Free Image Sources for Authors – by Shelley Sturgeon…


Free Image Sources for you…

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on The Book Designer:

Nearly ten years ago, not long after Joel first started The Book Designer, he wrote an article entitled 4 Incredible Free Sources for Photos to Use in Your Book or Blog.

As you can imagine, that article is somewhat out of date and we have been discussing for a while now that we should update it.

So today I would like to present our new and expanded list of 72 free sources for photos. These images can potentially be used for book covers, social media and blog post images.

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Book Marketing: How to Set Up an Amazon UK Ads Account – by Rachel McCollin…


Setting up your Amazon UK Ads Accounts

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on Self Publishing Advice:

Whether you’re in Kindle Unlimited or your books are “wide”, Amazon ads are a key tool in your marketing toolbox.

But figuring out how to set up an Amazon UK ads account, especially if your “home” account is in the US or another country, can be tricky.

In this post, ALLi member Rachel McCollin teaches us how to do just that.

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How To Help Stop Somebody Stealing Your Blog Posts


Just brilliant. A must read to protect your work…

Hugh's Views & News  

I recently stumbled upon a blog where the author had copied and was using my blog posts. No pingbacks or mention that I was the original author, just plain copy and pasting of some of my posts and images. It left me feeling angry, yet I also felt honoured that my work must be good enough if somebody wanted to copy it.

Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com

Unfortunately, with the internet being such a vast and open space used by billions of people worldwide, the chances of that happening to any one of us who publishes anything on the internet is a distinct possibility. Whether it be photos, fiction, reviews, poetry, recipes or gardening tips, everything faces the chance of being copied and somebody else taking full credit for your hard work.

Take action

In my case, I contacted the blogger concerned and asked them to remove all of my…

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The one Literary Agent interview all writers need to read – by Bryan Hutchinson…


Literary Agent Interview…what you need to know.

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on Positive Writer:

I recently had the good fortune of interviewing the literary agent, Mark Gottlieb, who has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on Publishers Marketplace.

This interview was an eye opener for me.

If you’re an author, trust me, you’re going to want to read it.

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5 Ways Writers (Try to) Fake Their Way to Good Storytelling – by K.M. Weiland…


Ways writers try to fake their way to good storytelling

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On Helping Writers become Authors:

Last week, I found a meme on Pinterest that showed someone dispensing two different soft drinks into the same cardboard cup. One of the drink buttons was labeled “Feeling stressed out when writing” and the other was labeled “Feeling stressed out when you haven’t written.”

It’s funny because it’s true. The writing life is constantly high-tension. Every moment we spend writing (and many that we do not) comes with the demand that we remember and successfully execute dozens of different concepts. It’s no wonder the stress occasionally gets to us! (Pour me another soft drink, please.)

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What’s Your Author Persona? How to Be Yourself Online—Only Better – by Anne R. Allen…


Something to remember whether we are Authors or in Business.

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 I blog often about an author’s online presence and the importance of keeping your image squeaky clean, especially when you’re starting a writing career. That image is sometimes called your “author persona.”

Artists have always had personas—an image they project when they are in public. It may involve a way of dressing or a way of speaking, or subjects they like to talk about. It’s what they present in interviews and personal appearances. Until the Internet age, authors didn’t have to think about it much except at book launch time.

But in the age of social media (and Google) we are out there in public every day. It can be hard to remember we’re always “on stage” out here in Cyberia, even while we’re sitting home in our jammies. But we still need to be aware of our image at all times and make sure what we say and do…

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