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Inspiration From Real Life by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Everyone takes their inspiration from different sources. Some of us have ideas pop into our heads just by listening to music or overhearing a conversation, while others struggle to come...

Crowdfunding Tips by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Short in .

Crowdfunding is a major force for all kinds of businesses these days. Authors, being the entrepreneurial types, have latched on to it and it’s allowed many to explore publishing in...

Promotion Tricks and Trip-Ups by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Self-promotion is an essential skill for authors. The days when an author could toil in solitude, send away their manuscript, and let the booksellers do the job for them are...

My Book Got Published… So Now What? Catherine Ryan Howard
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in .

Waiting, waiting, waiting… If you want to get published, learning how to wait is almost as important as finishing your book, because you’re going to be doing an awful lot...

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews…Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Authors need reviews. It’s really that simple. Even in the age of fast-streaming information, social media, paid website adverts, blog tours, and in the face of long-standing traditions like book...

Finding The Perfect Title by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in .

“Do you have a title for the new one yet?” someone asks me at a recent book event, which is my cue to start laughing perhaps a little manically. Oh,...

Killing Your Characters by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

“George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, and Joss Whedon walk into a bar. Everyone you’ve ever loved dies.” I’m sure you’ve all heard that joke. But choosing to kill off characters...

Publishing in Audio Via ACX

Publishing audio books has become much easier with Amazon’s ACX (Amazon Creative Exchange) platform, and as Pandora White, audio publisher at Orion told The Bookseller last year, “Audio is the fastest-growing...

Writing Time and Distance by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

  There’s a common criticism that authors, particularly science fiction authors, have no sense of scale. No one person can know the relative size, distance, and time taken for every...

The AI Sheet: The Essential Tool for Marketing Your Book
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , .

I work with lots of authors who self publish as well as authors who are published with small presses or publishers abroad unfamiliar with the Irish system – in every...