Authors Should Think Twice Before Signing A Book Contract – by, Derek Haines…

Please be careful out there. I have assisted three or four clients who have been bitten by greedy or publishers not doing thier job correctly.

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Getting a publisher is every author’s dream.

But beware of book contract nightmares.

Never sign a book contract with a publisher without doing your homework first.

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Why You Should Support Your Local Independent Book Store.

After approaching three different bookstores in NZ where i used to live…I had no real joy. They seem to turn into Grammar geeks….as if non of the trad books in their store have errors. Another one hated anything not printed in the town..aka Createspace….Even though all their Trad books were printed overseas…Maybe i’ll have btter luck in the UK…Who knows.


Yesterday was somewhat traumatic. Having confronted a face from the past that I’d really rather not ever see again, I was left with time on my hands and too much on my mind. So I defaulted to my usual sanctuary – books. I didn’t have my device with me, so I headed to my favourite book store to find something to read. My need for ink on paper and a pretty, nicely textured cover in my hands was just too strong.

It’s a luxury, you know, having a local bookshop. The town in which I live doesn’t have one, but the larger town in which I work has two, as well as a fantastic place that sells second hand and antique books.  2018-04-06 12.01.50

For me, the choice is simple. I will always support locally owned, independent businesses rather than larger chains or big department stores.

As an Indie author, I know…

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A Writer’s Lessons in Failure – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

FAIL – First Attempt In Learning…

Author Don Massenzio

Heather Webb

Failure. Hmmmm. Well, I recently entered two contests and wasn’t selected. I’ve had agents who didn’t want me, editors who didn’t want my book(s), and enough negative reviews to be christened an author. I’ve also had the illustrious pleasure of receiving a small handful of emails from Wikipedia Historians telling me why I’m wrong about some research. Failure indeed. I’ve had lots of it, and suspect plenty more lies on the horizon.

For writers, failure is a four-letter word. We fear it, we dread it, and we try to avoid it at all costs. But perhaps we give it too much power. Maybe it’s best to run straight at it, helmet on. Learning how to cope with “failure” comes through loads of practice (sadly), but it also comes through two important skills a writer needs to survive:


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Debunking Common Myths About Writing

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Debunking Common Myths About Writing

myths about writing

Have you fallen for any of these myths about writing?

Posted by Melissa Donovan on April 5, 2018 ·

Myths abound in the world of the arts, and writers are not immune to them. Many of us succumb to the fallacies that are floating around about what it means to be a writer or what it takes to become a writer.

So what’s the matter with falling for myths about writing?

Myths about writing lead to unrealistic expectations. Some of us end up believing that becoming a writer is easy. Others believe it’s impossible. We think writers are poor, drunk, or living in a state of perpetual despair. After all, one must struggle to become an artist, right?


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How to Get Over Your Fear of Criticism So You Can Be a Better Writer

Fearing Critisim and dealing with it.

Meg Dowell Writes

Are you afraid of people you do and don’t know picking apart every detail of your writing? Does the fear of anyone even commenting on your hard work stop you from even getting any of your work done at all? Here are a few tips to help you get over that.

Don’t worry about what someone else might think until you’ve actually written something

Most writing roadblocks only become problems when they prevent you from writing. Everyone worries about what other people might think about the things they’ve created. But if you’re so worried about someone else’s future opinion that you can’t sit down and write your novel, you’re not in a good place.

Before you can worry about the possibility of receiving feedback you don’t want, you first have to finish writing the thing that other people might criticize — constructively or otherwise. No one can judge a book…

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Book Marketing Q&A: ISBN Numbers and Self-Publishing

ISBN information

How To Ebook

Question: I am pondering publishing a book through Ingram Spark and would like the book in bookstores. When should you use ISBN numbers to self-publish?

Answer: Every book you publish, whether self-published or done with a major publisher, should have a separate ISBN number. In fact, each version of the book you publisher should have a separate ISBN number: hardcover, paperback, audio, ebook.

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How to make a character more real to a reader

Tips for making your character ROUND

Jean's Writing

Now that you’ve decided on a terrific name for your characters, what next?

Real or imagined. Memoir or fiction. Doesn’t matter. Same rules apply.

Turn flat into fabulous!

The characters must come alive in a manuscript and jump from the page into a reader’s heart. If not, they stop reading.

So how do we go about breathing life into these flawed creatures?

  • Each character must have a defining description. Something unique to them.
  • Make comparisons and/or contrasts with another character. Plain Jane is best friends with Fanny Fashionista.
  • Give them something to collect, obsess over, or talent.
  • Everyone has a pet peeve, even a small one. Don’t leave it out of the story.
  • What’s in her purse, pocket, car, closet? What will she not leave home without?
  • Don’t forget her diary, journal or the divorce decree. Search out and include legal and private documents.
  • How does your character talk? Texas twang, Southern…

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