Feb 23

What every reader wants

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I was absolutely delighted to be asked to guest blog for Lizzie Lamb, author of Boot Camp Bride and Tall, Dark and Kilted.  She wanted to know how a reader thinks and as I am not an author and only a reader I was very pleased to be able to share my thoughts with her. You can read …

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Nov 19

Top 7 Reasons why you should write an ebook for your business

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You should write an ebook, I’m serious. Smart people with good ideas worth sharing can get a lot out of this exercise.    Seth Godin This is what Seth was saying way back in 2007 when far fewer ebooks were being sold, but it is even more relevant today. Financially there is nothing to stop you …

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Oct 13

How to keep a journalist on your side – and how to infuriate them

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I am very pleased to include a guest post on my blog today from Martin Warrillow who is a freelance journalist, copywriter, national magazine editor and blogger. Martin Warrillow on the do’s and don’ts of trying to get newspaper publicity for your book So you’re an author with a new book to promote. You’ve got …

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Aug 31

The Princess Diana Conspiracy: The Evidence of Murder – Virtual Book Tour

The Princess Diana Conspiracy

Alan Power’s much talked about and explosive book, The Princess Diana Conspiracy, is going on tour with VAforAuthors.  If you haven’t yet heard about it through the media then here, in Alan Power’s own words, is a brief synopsis: The Princess Diana Conspiracy This book seeks justice for Diana and presents extremely incriminating evidence that …

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Aug 27

How to use the Pomodoro Technique to your advantage.

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I recently came across a blog post on writetodone.com explaining how the Pomodoro Technique could help you draft your book in just 3 weeks – while still having a life. I thought this could be interesting for not just writing a book, but for any other written tasks, writing blog posts, for example!   If you …

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Aug 19

How to save time with Social Media Shortcuts (infographic)

Social media shortcuts make working online so much easier.  Here are some useful ones for using with your favourite social media accounts.   Do you have a favourite shortcut which has not been mentioned?

Aug 12

How to start tweeting when your followers are listening!

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Have you ever wondered if your tweets are actually being read?  Do you want to maximise the chances of being retweeted or getting a response from your followers?  If you do then you need to know when the majority of your followers are listening. What time of day should I be tweeting? I asked myself …

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Aug 04

Ten rules for writing fiction

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Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts.     Here PD James and Michael Moorcock give us their top dos and don’ts for …

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Jul 16

What does your handwriting say about you? (infographic)

Have you ever wondered what your handwriting says about you?  What are you giving away?  Or perhaps you are trying to hide something?  I came across this fascinating infographic recently for you to test your own writing and those of your friends or family perhaps?     So, what did you discover?  Were you surprised …

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Jul 02

Leicester and Loughborough Book Club gets a mention on Fullsquare.net!

Full Square

  I was delighted to read an article by my good friend Claire McFadden of Fullsquare.net recently which mentions me and my new book club.  Looks like she is enjoying our first book, I have included part of the article here, but if you would like to read on then click the button below and …

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