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Your Online Platform: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s one of the most important tools of the modern writer, and yet so often poorly-defined and misunderstood. It’s your author platform, and it’s both a useful way to promote...

Finding the Time: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Easily the most common question I’m asked about my writing is “How do you find the time?” To put this into context, I have a day job Monday to Friday,...

Taking the Tension Out of Tenses by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Not many first-time authors pay much consideration to deciding what tense to write in. Exactly which tense an author feels most familiar with will largely depend on the books they...

Handling Criticism: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It happens to the best of us; someone doesn’t like our work and they decide to let us know. Maybe they tell us in private, maybe they leave a scathing...

Culture Shock: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I love learning about different cultures. The food, the customs, the geography, the history. The food, again. And it can be tempting to use cultures different to our own in...

Writing for the Screen: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I tend to focus on writing fiction here, so I thought it would be good to change things up. This week, I’m looking at a form of writing with its...

Building a Scene: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Scene-building is one of the most important skills you can have as a writer, and yet it’s so rarely discussed. It can be easy to assume a scene is just...

Promotion Tools and Services: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Self-promotion is a key part of any author’s work. In today’s high-distraction, high-demand world, you need to make sure your promos stand out and catch your audience’s attention. And that...

Avoiding Common Mistakes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Mistakes happen. Even the best of us will make typos, place a hotel in the wrong part of a city, put a car park at a sports stadium that doesn’t...

Collaborative Digital Marketing: Sell Your Books, Not Your Soul by Laurence O’Bryan
Posted by Laurence O'Bryan in , .

One of the many challenges facing writers in our new age of broken barriers and floods of books, is how far we all go with our self-promotion. Some of us...

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