Why “Get Your Book Edited” is not always the answer

If you’ve followed me around for a bit, either here or in real life, you will know that I’m not in favour of the blanket “get your book edited” advice that’s being given to many-a beginning writer who is thinking about self-publishing. Make no mistake. I think editors do great…

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Thoughts on female protagonists in YA fantasy

The other day, may daughter finally bought an ereader. It’s a bit sad that my kids wanted to read “real” books long after I’d gone digital, but the physical size of a particular book that she wanted to read on public transport finally won her over. Anyway, having read said…

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Self-publishing: Weatherproof your sales

Looking at the future in an author’s career, the most important thing you can do is to weatherproof your sales. Weatherproofing your sales is: Diversification Taking control of your own audience Building an innate level of sales that does not rely on the vagaries of retail site algorithms In the…

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Writers, especially when they don’t see immediate success, often get told “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!” and this statement often leads to a discussion at least as heated as whether quality and speed are mutually exclusive or whether there needs to be one or two spaces after a full…

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Calling a Rabbit a Smeerp

Calling a Rabbit a Smeerp is one of the items listed in the the Turkey City Lexicon in the section about worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy. It is phrased in terms of making reading unnecessarily hard for readers by adding “unnecessary” strange names for the sole purpose of ramping…

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Self-publishing For Beginners

A quick checklist on self-publishing for beginners. I get asked quite a lot of questions by people who want to self-publish but have no idea where to begin. Here is a list of some points to consider: 1. Educate yourself. No, don’t google “self-publishing” because you’ll come up with a…

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How to sell on non-Amazon platforms

People are constantly surprised to hear that Amazon doesn’t take up the lion’s share of my sales. They often ask how to get sales on those other platforms. Of course I do not have the definitive answers, but here are some thoughts about selling on other platforms. It’s a big…

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Hell on Earth: the European drought of 1540

Cora Buhlert tweeted a link to a very interesting article in the German magazine Spiegel Online. The article is in German, but I found an English article about the German article, with some of its own conclusions. This is not a translation, rather a commentary. Unlike the English article, I’m…

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