Caveat Venditor—Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Rise of the Machines Human Authors in a Digital World, social media authors, Kristen Lamb, WANA, Rise of the Machines

All right, it’s about to be a brand new year and many of you are wanting to finally see your books published. ROCK ON! But, I am the friend who will tell you if there is toilet paper hanging out of your pants. Writing isn’t all glitter and unicorns and I want to warn you of the most common stumbling blocks, because I really DO want you to succeed.

When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost fourteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you.

Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish. In fact, my last book Rise of the Machines (cover above) is much…

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Originally posted on the inflectionist:


By Tom Hill:  Political Editor


Infrastructure is the most powerful driver of the modern political economy. Each developed country is built on a firm infrastructural network. In development theory, it has been accepted for at least a decade now that the best method for the development of infrastructure is state investment followed by private control. In simple terms, the state should plan and develop infrastructure for the private sector to use. Here we highlight this particular development theory simply because it is the one currently adopted by Western governments and non-governmental organisations.

In practical terms, such development has come to dominate the thinking of most successful developing nations – China, Japan, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. – explaining its dominance in the academic field. This topic is exceptionally important now because developed nations often feature populations (particularly those of the UK and USA) who are unsure…

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Originally posted on International Book Promotion:


Are you a bookworm? How frequent do you read and how many hours a day do you spend on reading?

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Bending The Boyne by J.S.Dunn

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient IrelandBending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland by J.S. Dunn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bending The Boyne is set around 2200BCE in Eire (Ireland) Here live simple folk, stone-cutters, potters, weavers and Star-watchers. These people live with the land and learn from the stars. They have mounds built and carve on stones, they celebrate the Equinoxes and plot shifts of the moon and the sun.

The people of the river Boyne watch as invaders come in boats across the sea in search of copper and gold. The invaders are harsh, brutal and do not understand the simple star-watchers, they declare ownership of the land and tax the people of their crops and animals.

Boann and Cian are the future of the star-watcher people, they both realise that progress is inevitable and change happens, but they go about helping their people in different ways. Boann marries the invader…

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Book Marketing Karma

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:



Wouldn’t you love it if you had anonymous advocates for your book?

People who read your book and enjoyed it so much that they are telling people they know and meet about your book. They might even recommend your book on Facebook or Goodreads, without ever having interacted with the author. They did so because they loved the book and wanted to share it, not because they were asked to promote it.

Such word-of-mouth support would just be golden.

Guess what.

You could be the anonymous supporter for wonderful books that you’ve read.

If they are, in fact, wonderful books, they very much deserve your support. If also you paid very little for said book, while deriving much enjoyment from it, your support would be a great way of leaving a little tip for all the time and effort that must have been put into making that book wonderful.

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Behind the scenes (Part two)

Originally posted on KATE JACK'S BLOG:


In relation to my other post, Behind the scenes part one, today we’re looking at giving substance to the characters that will populate our books. When I embark on a new piece of work, I already have a sketchy idea of the people I want in my story; all I need to do now is “flesh” them out. So how do I do this? For me it’s a step by step process.

Firstly, I have the main location fixed in my mind. In the case of Land of Midnight Days, being a dystopian urban fantasy, it needed to be set in a city – one I knew well. Therefore, what better place than the great city of Liverpool, where I was born and grew up, with a little poetic licence, here and there.

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So what characteristics did I need for my main protagonist, Jeremiah Tully? I need a combination…

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Behind the scenes (Part one).

Originally posted on KATE JACK'S BLOG:


When writing a novel, some authors compose character profiles, listing each individual’s characteristics, physical apperance, and so on. This gives the writer something to refer to, in order to maintain consistancy. It’s especially useful if the author has a dodgy memory, or there’re a lot of characters; it builds a solid foundation on which to build the plot.


I may be stating the obvious, but what about a character’s back story to add to your authorly tool kit, as well? Creating a character’s background, helps to make that “person” three dimensional. It keeps in mind why this individual does what he/she does, what their purpose in life is, and what goals they hope to achieve. Like the character profiles, this is an aid to enhancing the plot and giving the readers something solid to latch onto.

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All the characters I’ve created for The Silver Flute Trilogy are very real to…

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