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We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.
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Staying hungry and foolish

October 6, 2011 – 9:10 am | No Comment

We awoke to the news this morning (in the UK at least) that Steve Jobs had died.  A revolutionary, he’s actually quite relevant, even without all of the tech that he’s famous for, to indies.  And I thought today, given that he was an icon of the times, that I’d share something that I wrote in 2005 after his legendary Stanford address.
“Stay Hungry, stay foolish”
It’s …

Should You Quit the Day Job?

October 3, 2011 – 2:10 pm | 2 Comments

Ummm… I hate to disappoint you, but… probably not.
Before you make that decision, though, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll have to live with it, which may be harder than you think. Take it from someone who has been there, and knows.
Can you really do without your income in this economy? No job is truly secure …

For a writer, does spelling matter?

September 12, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

…or any other form of grammar, in everything you do? Yep, I’m afraid it does. Even more so for indie authors who are often condemned as poor writers based on their spelling and grammar skills, or lack thereof. It’s your face in the world.
I can already hear the howls calling me a purist, reminding me the English language is a fluid one that’s changed tremendously …

Five minute fix – blogging from your desktop

September 6, 2011 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

One of the major areas I get lots of questions that I’ve had about blogging, that can be answered succinctly in the five minute fix, and isn’t in the book about blogging (which is due out soon…ish), is ‘how can I blog with ease, if I’m managing more than one blog?’
The short answer
The ultra short answer is grab a blogging software that lets you blog …

Burnout city – population – me?

September 4, 2011 – 10:15 pm | 8 Comments

This was a hard post to write.  Not because I didn’t know what to write, and not because I couldn’t work out the slant, but because this week has been one of the hardest of my writing life.
And I’ve been writing for close to thirty years.
Burnout?  What’s that?
First, I’d like to address a couple of misconceptions about burnout.  It’s not ‘simply’ writers block, which, in …

Press Release

September 2, 2011 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

Fall in love with reading this Labor Day
And let an expert writer lead you all the way through till Christmas…
Place and date   Multi published Author Valerie Douglas is dipping her toes into sizzling, breathtaking thrillers again with her latest book, Nike’s Wings.  Available from Labour Day weekend, this book will set your heart racing and pull you into a world of desperate intrigue.  A substantial …

How to Create a Book Cover – Cheap and easy

August 30, 2011 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

Cover art requires a little creativity but if you’re a reader (and you must be if you write) you have lots of samples around you in the books you’ve read. Find a cover by a writer whose style is similar to your own, or the style of book you wrote, and look for art like it. Google can help you here.

Google the general description you’re …

For New Writers – What I didn’t know – Basic Self-Editing and Polishing

August 29, 2011 – 9:43 am | Comments Off on For New Writers – What I didn’t know – Basic Self-Editing and Polishing

First, please hang in there and read the entire blog, there is some good stuff here. Okay now, that being said, before you do anything else, before you research agents, write the perfect query letter for this spectacular idea you have and get all excited – write your book. Yes, all of it. (It never […]

A Simple Guide to Creating a Basic Book Trailer – Cheap

August 26, 2011 – 5:39 pm | Comments Off on A Simple Guide to Creating a Basic Book Trailer – Cheap

So you want to create a book trailer/video but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? It’s easier than you think but be prepared to spend some time on it. At least a day. Thanks, though, to some basic computer software that might already be on your computer – if you have a […]

Five minute fix – setting up your gravatar

August 25, 2011 – 8:53 pm | 3 Comments

One of the major areas that indie authors have problems with is social networking and marketing.  Part of the reason for this is in many cases, we use tools that require repetition, or don’t work for us.  Which is what the ‘five minute fix’ articles are all about.
What’s the buzz?
On WordPress based blogs, if you’re commenting, a small image comes up next to your comments.  You …