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Why the term 'self-publishing' is no longer an accurate description of, erm, self-publishers.
Booklinker is a brilliant url shortener for your Amazon books and Amazon author page.
The registration desks for the London Book Fair 2017 are now open! In this article I discuss what I get out of it, and why I go every year -- and how that relates to my recent foray into Kindle self-publishing. And details of the Fair itself of course!
I've just published my first Kindle book. Here are a few brief reflections.
A handy hint for writing on the move.
Being able to produce chunks of text very quickly is useful to see what the appearance of the finished piece of writing will look like, or to test how many words you can get on the page with a particular font. It's easy enough to generate random text in Word, but what if you don't use Word?
For those who edit and proofread texts in Word, here are details of a free book of macros -- built-in programs -- that can make many of the tasks much quicker and easier.
I've been trying out a free utility for Word that cleans up a load of formatting errors in one go. It's pretty good!
Here's a great utility for Windows users. It enables you to rename loads of files at once, in various ways.
I love my Kindle, and there are 7 features of it that I find exceedingly useful. Here they are.
A quick heads-up about a newsletter I find quite useful, and mention of a couple of books.
If you have an ebook reader or app, especially the Kindle, then you're in luck. Here are 5 free and low-cost services from which you can obtain new books every day!
It's hard enough writing for money, but writing for nothing, on your own blog? It sounds silly, but it can actually be a very worthwhile investment of time.
Here's a reason that doing an MA in Creative Writing could be quite useful -- a reason I'd never considered before.
How useful is writing advice?
Why do some writers write badly?
Is it a good idea to lock down your ebooks to prevent piracy?
How to get a paper document into a digital (pdf) version -- and how to correct it if it comes out upside down.
When it comes to writing book reviews books, I've found that a one-size fits all approach not to be very useful. Here are the 5 types of review I write, ranging from the full length, everything but the kitchen sink version, to zero words except to say "This book exists"!
Check the readbility of your writing with this free online tool.