Author Toolbox

Understanding Vanity Publishing and Author Services

My obsession with learning everything there is to know about publishing continues! Last month I looked at Freelancers — which raised a lot of questions about vanity publishers. So, I found someone who knows a lot about the subject to clear it all up for us. This post is part of the February #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop, hosted by Raimey Gallant. …

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eBooks – The Future or A Mistake?

Today I’m happy to have blogging friend Tasha over for a guest post. To some, eBook is a dirty word. The electronic book is seen as a downgraded, second cousin to the print book. While it can be said there is something wonderful about holding paper and print in our hands, there is also something …

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Writing Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

W is for Workshops. Do you need it? Is it worth it? Everyone has their own opinion on this. Writing Retreats What is it? A weekend/week-long event where you get to be free from family, distractions, obligations and your normal routine by being in a relaxing atmosphere that allows you to dig deep into the creative …

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Vying for Attention

V is for Vendors. Your book is constantly vying for attention – no matter the vendor. There are different ways to sell your book. There are even different formats to sell your book in. Currently I have one book published in Afrikaans. By July, it will be available in English too. But that one book …

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Tech Tips for Writers

T is for “Tech”. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the tech side of the writing business has me a little, ah, crazy. So I asked Jacqui Murray — the Tech Teacher — to help out a bit. Thank you to Ronel (at Ronel the Mythmaker) for inviting me to talk about my favorite topic: …

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The Importance of Seeing Yourself in a Book #diversity

S is for Seeing. People are always trying to define what diversity in fiction means. Well, I read an article by Rain Sivertsen on her blog Writing Up My Serotonin and realised for the first time what diversity in fiction should mean. Here’s Rain’s guest post. “Can you remember the first time you ever recognized yourself in a book?” …

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