Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso

30 December 2014 / Leave a Comment
Every child is an artist the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up picasso

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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life, Pablo Picasso

19 December 2014 / Leave a Comment

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life Picasso

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About Leanpub with Liz Madrid

17 December 2014 / Leave a Comment
I came across Leanpub on Liz Madrid's Wattpad profile. It sparked my curiosity ... I hadn't heard of Leanpub before and wanted to find out whether it's a hidden gem that indie authors should be considering ... Liz is an author and poet and is using Leanpub for her fiction work. Here she tells us about how writers can use the platform to get feedback on their work, build an audience, publish and how it allows the reader to pay the author more than the book is marked for ...

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Aunty Arty and the Disquieting Muses is released!

15 December 2014 / Leave a Comment


The first book in my Aunty Arty series for junior readers is released today! In Aunty Arty and the Disquieting Muses Aunty Arty takes Frieda and her sister Mona into Georgio de Chirico's painting 'The Disquieting Muses'. Will they be able to save their new friend Fibula from Cupid’s lead arrow, sentencing her to a lifetime without love? The statue of Venus is suffering from lovesickness, she’s lost her common sense and her keys, but will she be able to help them?

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Writing tip for the day ...

25 November 2014 / Leave a Comment
Honoured to have been invited as one of the 30 most influential writers on ‪Wattpad‬ to share my best writing tip ... The best advice I've ever received as a writer actually came in a rejection letter from a publisher! It was a harsh piece of criticism, that I've been grateful for ever since ...

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A pop-up story

12 November 2014 / Leave a Comment
I've posted my new novelette 'The Illness' on Wattpad as a pop-up story - for 4 weeks only! Gene wakes up in a hospital but no one will tell him why he's there ...


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How to choose a good small press

10 November 2014 / Leave a Comment

I recently had to part ways with one of the small presses that was publishing one of my books. It was a tough decision to make, but I’d been feeling uneasy about a few things for a little while. I asked to be released from the contract and luckily they agreed.  However, it’s a stressful situation that I don’t want to find myself in again, so I’m going to be more careful about who I send future manuscripts to. Here are some of the things that I’ve learnt from now working with three small presses about how to choose a good one:

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Aunty Arty is now on Facebook!

29 October 2014 / 2 comments
Aunty Arty is a series of books for junior readers who love art ... written by me, illustrated by Narelda Joy and soon to be published by Jet Black Publishing. Here's a little about the first book in the series Aunty Arty and The Disquieting Muses:

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About booktubing with Megan Olivier

28 October 2014 / Leave a Comment

I might be living in a bubble world, but I only just came across this 'booktubing' phenomenon a little while ago. A booktuber is a person who posts videos about books to YouTube. I've now watched quite a few of these booktuber videos, from people reviewing books, to unpacking boxes of books, to showing us what is on their bookshelf. Megan Olivier is an eighteen year old booktuber, writer, and filmmaker from the North West of England. Her videos are charming and beautifully shot and she has over 10,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel. Here I ask her about booktubing ...

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Writ Poetry Review - Alexis Lateef

21 October 2014 / Leave a Comment
Writ Poetry Review is a new online poetry journal that aims to showcase 21st century Australian poetry. Published out of Perth, Western Australia, it seeks to connect the poetry community in the West. Here I ask editor Alexis Lateef more about the journal. Alexis is a West Australian poet, freelance editor and poetry enthusiast.

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Happily Ever After ... a Wattpad ending

17 October 2014 / 1 comment

After about eight months of serialising my YA novel 'Silver' on Wattpad, I posted the final two chapters this morning. Along the way I've accrued over 200,000 chapter reads and a dedicated group of readers that pounced on new chapters as I posted them. I was quite happy with my ending. It was inspired by a film called Marwencol (watch it - amazing) and I practically cried with joy when I wrote it. But I knew my ending wasn't going to fulfill some readers. I personally like when a story gives me more questions than answers, but I knew that some might be dissatisfied.

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Writer's digital toolkit 2014

14 October 2014 / Leave a Comment
From animation and book trailer creation programs, a thesaurus and a hormone horoscope app, here are a few of my favourite things in my writer’s digital toolkit right now ...

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Jenna Moreci's advice for writers on using YouTube

30 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
I came across one of Jenna Moreci's videos in one of those Paper.li newspapers that people keep linking my content in (what on earth are those newspaper things? I need to interview someone about them in a future blog post! ...) Anyway, I happened to click on a Jenna Moreci video and I'm really glad I did. The video was called 'The Consequences of Taking Risks'. I found Jenna to be engaging, dynamic and, even more importantly, she had interesting things to say ... like 'being ambitious often means being lonely' or if you take risks 'you're going to have to do things that make you uncomfortable.' Jenna is a model, sci-fi writer, blogger and YouTuber ... here she has some great advice about how writers can use YouTube ...

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Small press pop quiz - Penner Publishing

29 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Penner Publishing different to other publishers?
Unlike a lot of small publishers that have emerged in the last few years, we are an advance paying publisher. While we agree that eBooks are the present and likely the future, we don't want to shun print books. We're planning to do a simultaneous or near simultaneous print release. We're also seeking out opportunities to feature selected titles in bookstores. We don't believe in alienating readers who might prefer print. We also don't want to eliminate opportunities for discoverability. As readers, we've found a majority of our favorite authors at libraries and in bookstores and want to keep those options open for our authors.

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10 reasons why I'm pleased I self-published on Screwpulp

25 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
My first novel Searching for Von Honningsbergs was longlisted for the Australian Vogel Award twice, but it was one of those books that I could never come up with a neat one-liner for. It was a fun, but almost unexplainable book. If someone asked, I would mutter 'it's about an artist that travels around the world trying to retrieve paintings by another artist for an exhibition back in Australia, but it's really his story about wanting to be an artist.' I usually lost people by the third time I said the word 'artist'.  The novel had a certain quality about it that two sets of Vogel judges liked, but somehow I felt as though I was going to struggle finding a publisher for it. I never really thought about self-publishing until I came across Screwpulp in January this year. I liked the look of their site and the crowd-driven pricing model for their books. I thought ‘what the hell, I’ll give it a go’. 

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100,000 reads and 8 things I love about Wattpad

24 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
For anyone who has been reading this blog, you’d know that I’m a big fan of Wattpad. Three years back, I submitted my half-complete novel ‘Silver’ to a YA competition with a major Australian publisher. It didn’t make the longlist. I felt discouraged. I felt like it was never going to fit into YA; it was too slow, there were too many descriptions of fine architecture, there was sex in there, which I’d recently discovered was a no-no for YA (violence is okay, but sex is not, apparently!) I felt like I didn’t read enough YA, I didn’t know the audience well enough. I was so overcome with self-doubt that I stopped writing it. I shifted it to a folder named ‘development’ and forgot about it. Then this year, I discovered Wattpad and all the teen readers on there, and I thought I’d post a few chapters of ‘Silver’ to see how it went down. I started receiving glowing feedback really quickly and reader’s comments like ‘you have to finish this’ and ‘I relate so much to Sylvie’ inspired me to finish writing it.

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Steve Vincent on his debut novel The Foundation

17 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
Steve Vincent's debut novel The Foundation was published by Momentum last week. The Foundation is a political thriller, described by one reviewer as: ‘This is a jet-setting, alarming, bang-pow-kaboom read full of metaphorical and literal bloodshed, political machinations you’ll hope desperately will never become reality, and late-night giant-popcorn-wielding funsies.’ Here Steve tells us about how he came to write The Foundation, about writing like a madman and the '10k day' ...

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Small press pop quiz - Fitzcarraldo Editions

15 September 2014 / 1 comment
What makes Fitzcarraldo Editions different to other publishers?
I decided to set up Fitzcarraldo Editions because, very simply, I believe there is space in UK trade publishing for a serious literary press focusing on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language.

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Booktrack - a reading soundtrack

10 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
Booktrack is a unique platform that allows authors to create audio soundtracks for their stories. Whether it’s a companion piece of music or the sound of a phone ringing, Booktrack can help enhance the reading experience. Here I ask Paul Cameron, CEO, Co-founder and Director, about how he came up with the idea for Booktrack ...

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10 tips for authors working with an editor

3 September 2014 / Leave a Comment


I really believe in the role of a good editor, so I was really excited about finally getting to work with editors on my stories. I work as an editor in my day job at an art gallery. To be honest, I find it quite intimidating, as often I edit catalogue essays by curators or academics – people who know far more about the artists and art history than I do. When I write a query to them, I’ve probably sat there for five minutes thinking about it. So I know that if an editor suggests something, it’s not done lightly. Here’s some tips for authors working with an editor:

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How authors should use YouTube - Katie Tyler

27 August 2014 / Leave a Comment
John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, became a YouTube sensation with VlogBrothers way back in 2007. Together with his brother Hank, they created a dedicated community of 'nerdfighters' through their short videos to each other over a year. YouTube is a great way to make a personal connection with readers without having to leave the comfort of your desk swivel chair. I discovered Katie Tyler on Wattpad earlier this year. Her fanfiction novel about YouTubers Zalfie has had close to 2 million reads. She has her own YouTube channel KatChats - here I ask her about how writers can use YouTube as a platform ...

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Transmedia storytelling - Takatsu

6 August 2014 / Leave a Comment
I recently interviewed Takatsu on my blog about being the first cell phone novelist in the West. Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling. Here I ask him more about how he is fusing different art forms to promote and enhance his new novel Espresso Love.

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Bequest to be published by Tenebris Books

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I’m so pleased that my long short story Bequest has been signed by Tenebris Books. Bequest will be published as the first Tenebris Nyxies ebook and will be the first in a series of such stories that will be compiled into a Nyxies Annual in both print and ebook form.

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Book trailers - LoewenHerz-Creative

23 July 2014 / Leave a Comment
LoewenHerz-Creative promotes books of all genres with the production and promotion of exciting, innovative, and affordable book trailers. Here I ask them why book trailers have become so popular, what makes a good book trailer and about the production process ...

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Stuart Allen - writer of songs and stories

16 July 2014 / Leave a Comment
Stuart Allen is a writer of songs and stories. I have his sentimental track The Invisible Woman on repeat around here (you can listen to it on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/dangarstu/the-invisible-woman). He has recently published his novel Parting Lines and is experimenting with some unique marketing ideas. Here I ask him about his novel, the differences between songwriting and novel writing and being an indie writer and musician and how he is promoting Parting Lines.


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Aunty Arty, Astro Circus Kids and Jet Black Publishing

15 July 2014 / Leave a Comment
I'm still catching my breath, because a week after I signed the contract with Merge Publishing for my novel Exit Stage Left, I heard from Jet Black Publishing and they want to publish two of my children's book series! That is six kids books to start with!

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Writing a back cover blurb ...

8 July 2014 / Leave a Comment
I struggle writing wedding and sympathy cards, author bios and filling out forms of any kind. I also loathe writing synopses and blurbs. However, after the front cover, back cover blurbs are the second most important sales tool for a book - so it's important to get it right. My blurbs often go through more changes than a Miss Universe pageant …

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Facebook author page

20 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
I've finally been convinced to activate my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorRowenaWiseman. According to the Yellow Social Media Report, a huge 95% of social media users in Australia are using Facebook, compared to 19% on Twitter and Google+. Instagram is rating at 21% and surprisingly 24% on LinkedIn. Goodreads doesn't get a mention in this report, unfortunately! And Wattpad ... huh? What's that?

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Pubslush - Justine Schofield

18 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
Crowdfunding is the new black. Pubslush is a platform developed especially for books and literary projects and can assist authors and publishers through the whole process or raising funds, developing an audience and selling the finished product. Here Justine Schofield, development director, tells us more about Pubslush ...

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Howlarium - Jason Howell

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Jason Howell recently created a website www.howlarium.com to showcase his writing, as well as other authors such as Krista Asselstine and Mary L. Tabor. Jason's addictive rhythm in his short story Walking and Smoking practically got my toes tapping, while This Tragic Infection is masterful with its razor sharp verse style. Here he tells us more about his new website, crowdfunding and working with other talented writers …

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Cell phone novels - Takatsu

11 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
I recently came across Takatsu on Wattpad and became an instant fan. He's pioneered the cell phone novel in the West, winning awards and over 50,000 views for his novel Secondhand Memories. He's also a musician and English Literature student based in Toronto. He's currently working on Espresso Love, an ambitious dystopian magical-realism prose novel and is influenced by writers such as Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, Banana Yoshimoto, George Orwell and Franz Kafka. Secondhand Memories is soon to be released in print by Sakura Publishing in late 2014. Here I ask him more about cell phone novels ...

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Small press pop quiz - Pen Name Publishing

10 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Pen Name Publishing different to other publishers?
Pen Name Publishing is looking for bold stories by bold authors. We don't necessarily play it safe and we are going to present a variety of stories from diverse authors and diverse voices. We were founded on the premise of being a publishing company that truly works for the author, providing personal support, a full service development team, one on one relationships, and most importantly, the pay that authors deserve. We worked really hard, analyzed stacks of contracts from publishers of varying sizes, and picked out what we felt were the best pieces of each contract. We are firm believers that publishing is a partnership and the success of our publishing house and the success of our authors largely depends on how strongly we are able to work together.

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Exit Stage Left ... being published by Merge Publishing

6 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to find a person who believes in me enough to take on my book. I haven’t had grand dreams of my name on the top ten bestseller list, or hundreds of fans lining up at a book signing. My dream has been of a lone figure, quietly reading my work, perhaps with a pen poised to their lip and an ink stain on their finger. And in this fantasy of mine, this person thinks, I believe in this story, I want to publish her book.

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Indie writer - Tom Lichtenberg

4 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
Tom Lichtenberg is a prolific writer who decided five years ago to make his stories available for free online. He writes short novels that could be classified as absurdist comedy, speculative fiction and more traditional fiction. He is a great supporter of indie writers and writes a blog http://pigeonweather.wordpress.com/. Here I ask him about self-publishing, writing in different genres and styles and what motivates him to write. He has some fascinating ideas about the free sharing of technology and different art forms and his comment about storytelling for money being a relatively new thing is going to stick with me ...

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10,000 reads on 'Bequest' on Wattpad …

3 June 2014 / Leave a Comment
I’ve finally reached the 10,000 reads milestone on Wattpad for my story Bequest! 10,000 reads is based on chapters. Back in high school, Sister Jenny ‘suggested’ to my parents that I discontinue maths in year 11. Apparently, I was easily distracted. So take these calculations with a grain of salt … but of the 6000 people that started reading Bequest, one in ten went on to read the second chapter. Bequest is perhaps different to what people are expecting to read on Wattpad and readers, like me, can work out within a couple of paragraphs whether the story is for them or not. But the good news is that of the people that went on to read the second chapter, one in two went on to read to the very end. That’s a stat I’m pleased with given the unconventional nature of the story.

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Brad King - on going beyond the book

30 May 2014 / 1 comment
Brad King is a professor of journalism at Ball State University, where he runs the Digital Media Minor program, an interdisciplinary program that blends technology, storytelling and human-computer interaction elements together. He writes, creates podcasts and works in the weird space between digital, print and the real world. Recently he launched The Geeky Press - an experiment in indie publishing and collaboration. He is currently writing a book So Far Appalachia inspired by his family's history in Appalachia. Instead of quietly researching and writing on his own, he's sharing podcasts, blog posts and photo galleries about the process of writing his book. The story of writing the story becomes a story in itself.

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About Ether Books with Maureen Scott

21 May 2014 / Leave a Comment
I have two of my short stories on Ether Books. One is Love Potion, about a man who discovers his wife is having an affair, so he tricks her into taking an anti-love drug. The other is The War Artist – an excerpt from my novella The War Artist and the Half-dead Beauty. It’s a harrowing scene where the war artist finally gets to witness the theatre of war and it took me many, many rewrites to finally get it to a stage where I thought it did the story justice. I think it works well as a standalone piece - and because I did struggle so much to write it, perhaps I wanted to show it off a little, like a flexed muscle.

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Seasonal creativity with Tom Evans

14 May 2014 / 3 comments
Since January this year, my writing has gone a little stale. As I’ve written in other posts, since I self-published my novel Searching for Von Honningsbergs I’ve been consumed by social media and platform building, mucking around with Animoto book trailers, fine-tuning my use of Hootsuite and Twitter posts. I was fearing that I’d lost my writing spark and was wondering whether I’d ever write another worthwhile thing.  But then I heard a podcast between Joanna Penn (my self-pub/self-help guru) and author and mentor Tom Evans. Tom Evans was talking about how he’s a seasonal writer and he writes better in the Spring and also according to patterns of the moon. This really struck a chord with me, because I do seem to spend the Summer and Autumn not as focused as I do in Winter and Spring. Once I thought about it, over the last two years I’ve tended to blog more and do other things in the first half of the year and then I settle into serious writing later in the year.

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Outsider art

12 May 2014 / 4 comments
I just got back from a weekend in Hobart, where I spent a day at MONA – the new Museum of Old and New Art. I came across an artist that stopped me in my tracks. In a dark room, suspended from the ceiling, as if floating in the air, were a series of pencil drawings with watercolour of young girls. Sometimes the girls were fully clothed, outside a circus tent, and everyone was happy, other times they were naked and had penises and there was an underlying feeling of something sinister. There was one piece that had me gaping - of young girls being attacked and strangled by men in a war-like scene, over and over again. I stopped and stared for ages and wanted to elbow away anyone who so much as got near my space and threatened this magical moment of discovery.

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ebook cover designs – Go On Write

6 May 2014 / Leave a Comment
I know from working at an art gallery that choosing the right image for a catalogue cover can make or break the sales of that publication. I was lucky to have discovered James of Go On Write earlier this year. I’ve now got six of his covers for my stories and am constantly getting comments from people about how great they are. He has a website http://www.goonwrite.com/ where he offers pre-made ebook covers using a range of fabulous stock images, both photographic and illustrative. I quite like choosing ‘off the shelf’, rather than commissioning, as I can visualise exactly what my cover is going to look like – there’s no surprises at the end.

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List of digital first imprints

4 May 2014 / Leave a Comment
With the huge success of ebooks, many publishers are launching their own digital first imprints. Here's a list of some of the digital first imprints that are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts:

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Eda Utku - on writing and marketing

30 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
I recently came across Eda Utku on Twitter – born in Turkey, she’s been living in Sydney for three years. She has a background in marketing and has set up a website for writers NeedHelpWriteNow.com. She’s also developed a unique approach to get her work out to readers. This year she is publishing the 12 Seasons of Growth short stories, each month she releases one story about a character adapting to life in Sydney. I wanted to find out more about her innovative marketing ideas – so I invited her to do a guest post … Here it is …

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Wattpad featured story

25 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
I'm excited to have my 10,000-word novella Bequest featured on Wattpad. The story went live on the featured list yesterday afternoon and it's been amazing to watch the number of reads increase overnight. My first votes were from Brazil and Vietnam - showing just how global Wattpad really is.

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Small press pop quiz - Skylight Press

24 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Skylight Press different to other publishers?
We are different in that we don't blandly seek out 'flavour of the month' books or short-term fashions. We are interested in writing with a spark, an original voice, something transformational. We are an ethical press that pays healthy royalty percentages and always on time. We are not swayed by credentials, prizes or populist acclaim. We make beautiful books with an eye for detail and quality.

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Small press pop quiz - Tailwinds Press

23 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Tailwinds Press different to other publishers?
Thanks to the staff's diverse professional and academic backgrounds, we are ready to support a wide range of creative efforts and non-fiction works from little-known and emerging authors.  Due to a variety of factors, it is now virtually impossible for most newcomers to break into the print publishing industry, even if they’ve done something amazing.  We try to bridge that gap by bringing those high-quality works to life in print.  The publishing industry is changing, and will continue to change through small, lean, independent operations like us.

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WriteandMatch.com - matching writing mentors and aspiring writers

22 April 2014 / 1 comment
Write and Match is a new free platform for writing mentors and aspiring writers to connect for one on one editing and mentoring services and to partake in virtual writing groups. WriteandMatch.com was founded as a way of connecting aspiring writers with more experienced writers who are willing to share their knowledge about the craft of writing and the publishing world.

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Umwelt House

19 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Umwelt House publishes speculative fiction as beautifully designed print and digital novellas. They believe that novellas are perfect for busy lives, they have the complexity of a novel and the focus of a short story. Plus they can be read in a few hours.

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Self-publishing - Dan Garcia

13 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Dan Garcia writes books featuring paranormal creatures with a heavy dose of humour. He's self-published three books and is a very popular Wattpad author. He's also been very generous to me with advice on interacting and responding to readers on Wattpad. Previously he was a copy-editor, a scriptreader and has had various jobs in the film industry. I wanted to ask him a little about his journey with self-publishing his books ...

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Author visibility

8 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
In this DIY author world, in the middle of the digital revolution, it’s all about visibility, platform building and growing an audience. But just how visible do we have to be? How much of ourselves do we have to put out there? And how much do we have to interact with other people?

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Small press pop quiz - Regal House Publishing

7 April 2014 / 1 comment
What makes Regal House Publishing different to other publishers?
Regal House Publishing stands out from other publishing houses in the degree to which we support our authors. Not only do we assist in the establishment of a social media platform (if the author does not already possess an established presence online), but our web design team develops a sleek online site for each author (if it be so required) with links to all social media outlets, and storefront purchasing opportunities. We actively seek marketing opportunities in which to showcase our authors. We also accept submissions directly from authors without requiring a literary agent intermediary. We do this because we recognize the almost insurmountable odds that writers face in the route to publishing today, and seek to alleviate that process for those that submit their work to Regal House. We offer unprecedented royalty rates to our authors (higher than industry standard), and without the requisite agent cut, our authors receive a much higher return than others published elsewhere. Our imperative at Regal House is simply this: find talent, and then support it in every possible way that we can.

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Small press pop quiz - Beau Coup Publishing

2 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Beau Coup Publishing different to other publishers?
Beau Coup Publishing was founded by a writer who is both traditionally and self-published. She had a desire to build a business which would offer writers a place where they could find a family atmosphere, be published but also be given guidance and help in the promotion of their books. Beau Coup seeks to help their authors find places to blog, be interviewed, be on the radio and their work be spotlighted in venues that cater to their specific genre. The owner desires to pay fair royalties, provide author support and to give the authors a place to learn and grow.    

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Recently in print - Sonya Rhen

1 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
Sonya Rhen is a writer and poet. She has recently published a science fiction novel Space Tripping With the Shredded Orphans (Shredded Orphans, #1) and her book of poems Requite Me: Poems of Love, Jealousy and Angst? Here I ask her about self-publishing, her book of poems and National Poetry Month in the United States ...

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Small press pop quiz - Fledgling Press

31 March 2014 / 1 comment
What makes Fledgling Press different to other publishers?
We aim specifically to help debut authors and publish them (although unfortunately we cannot do that exclusively.)

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How to write a press release for a self-published book - Tania Cheslaw

28 March 2014 / 3 comments

YOUR IMPRESSIVE PRESS RELEASE!

What you choose to say in your Press Release really matters, because you’ll have one page to say it in and at the top of your A4 sheet you will need to add a photo of your front cover – so try to encapsulate the ‘sizzle’ of your book in just a couple of paragraphs.

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Small press pop quiz - SFWP (Santa Fe Writers Project)

20 March 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes SFWP different to other publishers?
I have what many feel is a strange approach to publishing. It certainly hasn't gotten me out of my day job ... But I feel that there should be loftier goals in this business. I started publishing because I love books. I publish titles that I would buy, and that I want to see on the shelves, regardless of genre. SFWP’s mission is not about making a fortune, or creating a catalog that the accountants can get behind. The mission is one of recognition and preservation. The books I publish are works of art, as precious as anything you would hang on your wall. I bring them into print, and I stand by them. They don't age out, or go out of print, or get ignored because they sold poorly. SFWP's distribution arm is worldwide, so not only are we preserving these titles, we're giving them the chance to be discovered in every format everywhere on Earth.

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Uncovered Books - updated app

16 March 2014 / Leave a Comment


Uncovered Books is a unique ereader experience revolutionising the way readers discover and select books. I'm a big fan of this app - I downloaded a previous version a few months ago and love the easy-to-use interface and attractive design. Readers get asked a series of questions such as: 

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Laugh Riot Press

12 March 2014 / 5 comments



The Laugh Riot Press website will serve as a platform to connect writers with an audience of readers looking for books that will make them laugh.  By embracing the online, independent, paradigm shift of the publishing industry, Laugh Riot Press aims to combine the efforts, talents, and products of a finite number of writers with similar focus to promote its books using collaborative, digital, and social media marketing practices that will allow the authors more time to do what they love – write.

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How writers should use Google+ - Ericka Clay

10 March 2014 / 5 comments
Ericka Clay is a novelist and founding editor of Tipsy Lit (http://tipsylit.com).  Her novel, Unkept, is due to be released later this year by Bannerwing Books. I've recently started using Google+ and noticed that Ericka has a healthy following on this platform (and I've enjoyed some of her friendly and uplifting video posts) ... so I wanted to find out more about how writers should use Google+ from Ericka ...

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Animoto - book trailer for Silver

9 March 2014 / 3 comments



Silver 
is my YA novel, currently evolving on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/11440868-silver


Check out Animoto! They've got some great templates to choose from and it's so easy to use! You can create a 30-second book trailer for free to try it out! http://animoto.com/
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The Stoneslide Story Contest - $3000 + publication

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The Stoneslide are looking for previously unpublished stories (up to 10,000 words in length) that exemplify the power of narrative to make one think and feel. Ideal stories will use character, plot, description, humor, and concept to open new emotional and cognitive territory for readers. The contest is judged by the editors and there is a $10 entry fee.

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Women's fiction publishers

7 March 2014 / Leave a Comment
I’ve got a women’s fiction / quirky rom-com novel doing the rounds at the moment. Here are some of the publishers I’ve got on my list …

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Cracked Eye - short fiction publisher

5 March 2014 / 5 comments

After securing further investment from angel investors, The Other Publishing Company are rebranding their short story imprint from Lits Bits to Cracked Eye, focusing on new ways their content can be accessed.

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Book blogger - Clare Diston from 50ayear.com

2 March 2014 / 3 comments



How did you become a book blogger?
I became a blogger just after I started a new job in 2012. Part of my job was connecting with bloggers, so I spent a lot of time researching and reading other people's blogs, and I thought, 'I could do this, it looks like fun!'. At the time I was also attempting to read 50 books in a year (I'd failed miserably for a few years previously), so I thought I could combine the two - hence my blog's name, 50ayear. It just seemed natural that I would write about books - reading is just about the only thing that I do constantly all year round, without too much effort because I enjoy it so much - so I knew I'd always have something to write about. Plus, any excuse to connect with more book-lovers.

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Social media ladder - Wattpad and Goodreads for writers

23 February 2014 / 7 comments
I feel like I’m a fully fledged member of the Wattpad community now. The other day some girl dedicated a chapter to me … which was actually song lyrics from some group I’d never heard of! But nevertheless, it gave me some warm and fuzzies! The whole thing was random, but I liked it! I’ve now had readers asking me to keep going with my abandoned YA novel Silver - they seem to be engaged with the story and it’s enough incentive for me to get back into it.

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Flash fiction - Push

22 February 2014 / Leave a Comment
The mother waited outside the classroom with sand in her shoes. She grabbed the boy by the hand as he walked past. ‘If you push Ethan again, I’ll hit you. Do you hear?’ The boy kept on walking. The next day he pushed Ethan again. Ethan didn’t tell his mum because his dad was moving out and she was in tears. The neighbours said they would help however they could, but neighbours always say those things. Then they forget. And his mum has to lift the wall-mounted clothes dryer off the wall all on her own.
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Flash fiction/Micro fiction submissions

21 February 2014 / 1 comment
If you're writing flash fiction or micro fiction here are some of the publications that are currently accepting submissions ...

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Book promotion - Nancy Christie

19 February 2014 / 5 comments

What is your plan for promoting your upcoming short story collection?
Together with my publisher, Pixel Hall Press, and Cynthia Dadson, the Director of Marketing, we have developed a great marketing calendar to generate interest in Traveling Left of Center.

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Small press pop quiz - Unthank Books

13 February 2014 / 3 comments
What makes Unthank Books different to other publishers?
We've got quite a family thing going on that we often have writers who attend our school of creative writing www.unthankschool.com; are perhaps published by us either in our acclaimed bi-annual short fiction series Unthology or as novelists at www.unthankbooks.com; and/or appear at our Autumn literary festival www.unlitfestival.com. We train'em, publish'em and then show'em off.

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Open for inspection ...

11 February 2014 / 3 comments

My novel has been out in the public domain for about a month now and I’ve only told a handful of my most trusted friends and my family (because I sort of have to …) I’m still coming to terms with the whole thing of having people I know read my work. It feels a bit like having my house open for inspection and I don’t want all the neighbours coming in and having a sticky beak.

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Connu - new short fiction app

10 February 2014 / 5 comments
Founded by Luthi and Niree Perian, while they were master's students in fiction writing at the University of Southern California, Connu brings keen editorial curation to the digital publishing space with a vision to empower readers to drive the future of the publishing industry. Connu was born in LA's literary community. They asked writers they admired to identify up and coming talents. Recommenders included David Sedaris, Lydia Davis, Joyce Carol Oates, Ron Carlson, Benjamin Percy, Janet Fitch, Rick Moody, Mary Robison, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, Wells Tower, Dan Chaon, and many more.

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Writers and poets on Instagram - heartfullofpoetry

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How have you used Instagram to build a following?
I've not so much as used Instagram as a way to gain a following, but as a way to be heard. Besides, right now, I'm also exclusively an 'Instagram Poet', but I have put some thought into branching out when I'm ready. I do, although, strongly believe that Instagram is the best way to find a following. I like the format, it's easy and there's a whole hidden poetry community that I've found there. People listen.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Jenny Rosen

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What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
Mainly novels and short stories. Wattpad is a great place to be able to share your works in progress or finished pieces with a continually growing audience.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Katie Tyler

9 February 2014 / 3 comments


What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
When I joined I only posted fan fiction, firstly the classic One Direction fan fiction as that was the area I felt I could easily fit into as so many other people were writing them as well. A while after I had some attempted ideas at Werewolf stories, they turned into ‘one shots’ as I found they weren’t quite as popular and my priorities were on the fan fiction as more people were reading them. In October 2013 I started writing a fan fiction about ‘Youtubers’, I hadn’t seen many, if any, fan fictions in this category and decided it was a topic I knew well so would attempt to fill the gap.

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Book cover brag ...

8 February 2014 / 5 comments



Just showing off my three new Wattpad covers from Humble Nations. James has some fabulous pre-made cover designs to choose from at: http://humblenations.com/

You can read more about my stories at: http://www.wattpad.com/user/outaprintwriter

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Michael Limjoco

6 February 2014 / 7 comments


What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
I post works of fiction. I previously posted a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel called Kuro: A Land in Eternal Night, which is the first in a trilogy. Lately, I have also begun serializing a made-for-Wattpad Paranormal Thriller called Death Angel.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Kate Cudahy

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What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
It is quite difficult to classify my work, but I'll try ;) My story is called Hal. It's fantasy/romance, but the central love affair is a lesbian one. The main character, Hal, falls in love with Meracad, the daughter of a rich merchant. Unfortunately, Meracad's father has betrothed her to another aristocrat as part of a business arrangement. The story focuses on Hal's adventures as she risks her life for the woman she loves. I'm currently writing the sequel, Hannac, which I hope to complete by the end of the spring.

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Landing on planet Wattpad ...

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A month of so back, I read an article about Wattpad on Mashable titled ‘The Most Active Social Site You’ve Never Heard Of’ http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/wattpad/.


The piece said:
‘Eighteen million readers and writers around the world spend 4.5-billion minutes a month publishing, collaborating and skimming text on Wattpad, the biggest under-the-radar e-literature community on the web.’

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Writer’s mood tracker

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7 days of mood swings …


Being a writer is like riding a rollercoaster, constantly; there are dizzying highs and gut-wrenching lows. I can go from feeling confident about my work to feeling really insecure about it in the space of five minutes. Some days I feel as though I’m trudging through mud, that all is hopeless, that I’m never going to get anywhere … other days, I feel full of hope and like some kind of breakthrough is just around the corner. Pity our partners, children, parents, friends, brothers, sisters, colleagues, hairdressers, therapists, whoever is a passenger on this ride of ours …

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How writers can build a following on Goodreads - Vardan Partamyan

5 February 2014 / 5 comments


Please tell us a little about what you write ...
I write stories that can be classified in the post-apocalyptic and dystopian sub-genres of science fiction. So far, I have released two full novels The After/Life and I, the Provocateur and also a number of short stories, including the recently completed The White Wolf: The Hunts series of stories that lead into the third, yet to be published novel. In my stories, I try to combine adventure with political and social reflections on the possible world of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow based on the trends we witness today. While a lot of my topics are quite dark, there is always a glimmer of hope and light that I keep in all my stories as a token of my personal optimism and belief in the fundamental goodness of man, along with the largely untapped potential to bring individual change to a seemingly overwhelming situation.

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Small press pop quiz - Dagda Publishing

4 February 2014 / 3 comments

What makes Dagda Publishing different to other publishers?
We're a small publisher, so we take the time to really work with our authors and help them craft an amazing novel. We feel that our approach to publishing is more like a partnership - the author isn't just a commodity to us, they are part of our family.

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Triskele Books - writers' collective

31 January 2014 / 5 comments



Triskele Books is a writers’ collective and their motto is ‘Going it alone, together.’ I wanted to find out more about how a writers’ collective works …

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Indie book a month summary

28 January 2014 / 3 comments

Back in July 2012 I pledged to read an indie-published story a month. I had been banging on about all these incredibly brave small presses, but I hadn’t read many of their books. So I decided to read works published by 12 indie presses. It took me longer than 12 months, but I’ve finally completed the mission that I set out to do.

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Work in progress ...

27 January 2014 / Leave a Comment

Find and Replace, 2014
Image: Sara Herranz


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Indie book a month - Secret Dancer

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The Other Publishing Company has a number of short stories in their LitBits series available on Amazon Kindle. They all have great cover designs and I was really interested in a number of the story blurbs, but I ended up choosing Secret Dancer by Ron Mace as I'm fascinated by the lives of professional dancers.

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Work in progress ...

26 January 2014 / Leave a Comment

Find and Replace, 2014
Image: Frankie

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Writing residency - Emily Stewart

24 January 2014 / 5 comments

Emily Stewart is a writer, editor and intallation artist. Her work constellates around contemporary culture, feminism and ecology, and has been published in several local and international journals. In early 2013, Emily’s installation work ‘Dear Reader’ premiered at the Emerging Writers’ Festival (Melbourne). She gave away thirty of her most-loved books along with handwritten letters addressed to the author of each. She is currently a writer in residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland.

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Humble Nations - Book cover design

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As I said in a recent post, I'm a sucker for good design. I created my own book cover using a free stock image and the pictures editing program on my MacBook, but a week later, I couldn't stand to look at it on the Screwpulp site. It was almost hurting my eyes. It just wouldn't do. There's an art to good book cover design and it's offensive for someone like me to think I could just slap one together in twenty minutes.

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Small press pop quiz - Screwpulp

23 January 2014 / 5 comments

What makes Screwpulp different to other publishers?
At Screwpulp we allow anyone to publish, but to help authors receive reviews quickly we give away initial copies of any new book in exchange for an honest review/rating. After these initial copies, currently 25, all books move up to a $1 tier regardless of its rating. This allows readers to make an informed decision before spending their hard earned money. Obviously books that aren’t rated well aren’t going to sell, but those that do receive good ratings will continue to rise in price along with demand. This approach rewards early readers with lower prices and creates a sense of scarcity normally not seen with digital goods. It also rewards popular authors with higher revenue. Because our approach utilises the expertise of average readers to do some of the heavy lifting of filtering the good from the bad the author is able to retain 75% of each book sale.

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Writers Bloc – A New Publishing Alternative for Writers

22 January 2014 / 5 comments

Sydney-based collective Writers Bloc is creating a website that will, for the first time in Australian publishing, give writers the support to find an avenue for their work. Their unique workshop and feedback engine discovers excellent prose while giving writers confidence that their work is ready to share with the world. It does this by incentivising constructive feedback and allowing users to get individual, specific reviews on their work.

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Publication at last …

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Last week my novel Searching for Von Honningsbergs was published on Screwpulp. Did I crack open the champagne, climb the highest mountain and shout it out? No. I panicked. I can’t even remember when exactly I started that book, it must have been at least 10 years ago … and now that it was out there in the public domain, I felt sick with worry. Not exactly the feeling that I was expecting after all these years.

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Work in progress ...

21 January 2014 / Leave a Comment

Find and Replace, 2014
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Small press pop quiz - Sandstone Press

20 January 2014 / 5 comments

What makes Sandstone Press different to other publishers?
I think most small (though I hate to use the word!) presses are driven by passion, love of literature and a desire to share the best writing with the world. So that's it - save the resonance of our Highland, Scotland location which makes us doggedly determined (despite inclement weather in the publishing climate), committed and loyal (both to providing quality literature for readers and aiding writers to achieve the best for their work) and blessed with a firm (and justified) belief that small can be mighty.

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Work in progress ...

19 January 2014 / Leave a Comment

Find and Replace, 2014
Image: Elia Fernandez

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Small press pop quiz - Uncovered Books

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What makes Uncovered Books different to other publishers?
We are focused on using technology to level the playing field for authors. Specifically, we have published an iPad app that attempts to connect readers with our books. Our app does this through a unique discovery experience that presents our books in a way that focuses on the work itself and not superfluous marketing noise. In the current landscape it feels like authors with the most connections or the best self-marketing skills are the ones who end up being read the most. We'd like our platform to bring the focus to the written word and help make publishing become a bit more of a meritocracy. 

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Small press pop quiz - The Other Publishing Company

10 January 2014 / 4 comments

What makes The Other Publishing Company different to other publishers?
The Other Publishing Company is different (it’s in our name). We’re an independent publishing house that takes a distinct approach to serving readers with a simple goal of entertaining them, in whatever form or genre that takes. We publish fresh perspectives and unique voices of both fiction and non-fiction, and our short story imprint, Lit Bits, is quickly becoming established as a leader in the form.

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Small press pop quiz - Galley Beggar Press

9 January 2014 / 5 comments

What makes Galley Beggar Press different to other publishers?
We don't believe in marketing men, we believe in readers. If a book is very good we think there will be a market for it. We don't want to fit into any categories - we just want to release the best. We have cool covers too.

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Small press pop quiz - Jaffa Books

8 January 2014 / 5 comments

What makes Jaffa Books different to other publishers?
At Jaffa Books we care about the author and the reader. All writers signed on to Jaffa Books get a 50% royalty rate off each ebook sold. This acts as a great incentive for unpublished writers to come to us, as if their book is successful, and we certainly hope it will be, the author stands to earn more than they would with the traditional royalty rates at most other publishers.

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Indie book a month - Alice in Wonderland

7 January 2014 / 3 comments

Nancy Christie’s short story Alice in Wonderland is about a young woman, Alice, who is trapped in a rabbit hole of despair and hopelessness. Caring for her sick, overbearing and ungrateful mother, Alice’s only respite from life is the pages from exotic books that she literally chews for comfort. The pages she chews are not simply to fill her stomach, but to nourish her imagination and to feed what is surely lacking in her life.

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Short story apps and new digital publishing platforms

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Short stories fit perfectly onto small screens. With the birth of smartphones also comes the birth of a number of new short story publishing platforms. These are a great way to get your work out there before readers. Here are some of the apps or sites that I think are the best for short story writers …

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Short fiction and e-single publishers

3 January 2014 / 7 comments

Journalist Laura Hazard Owen has described e-singles as the ‘format for our time’. In April this year, Thin Reads launched as a guide to e-book singles. Howard Polskin, CEO and Editor in Chief said that, ‘The goal of Thin Reads is to connect consumers with the abundant, high-quality stories available in the e-book single marketplace. This emerging content form will create a new golden age of long-form journalism and short story writing.’

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