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We offer a ‘supporters’ page which lists published titles
and cross-links between http://www.localbookshops.co.uk and the authors’ own
website. Even if the author already lists other online suppliers
as a source for ordering their books, by placing a link to
http://www.localbookshops.co.uk readers are given the option to show their support
for genuine ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshops.

Several authors, including NeilGaiman, Joanne Harris, Ian McEwan, have inserted links on their websites offering this option to their readers.

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Workshop: Standing Out From The Crowd

Really helpful advice 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

The second workshop I attended as a part of the Perth Writers Festival, 2014, was Standing out from the Crowd with indie author Susan May. Susan has an incredible story, having only chosen to become a self-published author in the past year. She already has one novel, two short stories and an anthology for sale on Amazon, has almost 40,000 followers on twitter and is the tenth most searched author on Goodreads Australia.

The workshop revolved around marketing yourself as an author – whether traditional or indie. This can be started before you publish your first work, or after you’ve published several. She mostly shared her own experience and stories of her other author friends successes – from modest earnings to the runaway success of Hugh Howie (who she just worked on an anthology with).

Susan was incredibly engaging and inspiring to listen to. A complete go-getter, she’s funny…

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Workshop: Writing For Young Adults

A great post if you’re writing YA fiction 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

As part of the Perth Writers Festival, I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with A.J. Betts on how to write for young adults. As the author of the completely wonderful Text prize winning Zac & Mia (which I read in one sitting) and part time teacher, she’s a pretty great person to listen to on the subject.

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As promised, here is a summary of my notes and the writing exercises we worked though. There was a lot of class discussion and general chat that I won’t bother going into, and this is in no way a good substitute for a three hour workshop, but it’s a decent overview and hopefully it’s helpful to some of you.

General Notes: 

  • A Young Adult book is 30k – 100k words, with the average sitting around 50k – 60k.
  • They are divided into chapters, which are usually short and…

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Ways to Help Your Indie Friends

A fantastically helpful post 🙂

A Platform of Sorts

You know exactly who I’m talking about, don’t you?  That one, the really weird one, who isn’t married, might not even be dating seriously, may have been in school forever, works odd jobs, and is absolutely hell bent on writing books or making music or taking pictures.  Yeah, I’m talking about that friend.  If you are not “that friend,” chances are, you have one or one of your friends does.  

Indies come in many forms.  Some of us are authors.  Some are musicians.  Some are artists, graphic designers, photographers, screenwriters, or filmmakers.  But see, we all have one thing in common.  We have found something that we love so much that we are striving to make a career out of it, even if that means going it alone.  Crazy?  Yes, perhaps we are.  But I think anyone who’s ever made an impact has been at least a little off…

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Email accounts and filtering

One thing I learned early on with my other blog littlemisschocchoc was, to be able to use your WordPress account most effectively, you really need a specific email account set up just for your blog. That way, you can set up filters on your email account (if your account supports that function) to ferry the new email into its relative folder without even bothering your inbox. Also, you can see all of the posts from a specific account, or keep on top of everything easier, rather than be overwhelmed with an inbox with hundreds of emails in it.

I found that my Reader didn’t go all the way back in time to wherever I left off the last time I was online, so this was a perfect solution 😀

Savvy Writers and e-Books online

One WordPress blog I have found so so useful for a long time now is Savvy Writers & e-Books online (http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/)

I highly recommend that you follow them. They post every day, and cover all sorts of topics such as “12 Tips for Your Professional Amazon Author Page“, “How Readers Can Find Your Book” and “Benefits of Using Bit.ly for Social Media“.