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My musings about the world, self publishing, living abroad, and my author career.

Think Like A Writer In 10 Minutes A Day

Think Like A Writer In 10 Minutes A Day

Guest post by Katharine Grubb from 10 Minute Novelists Are you a writer? Or are you not one? Do you see yourself as a writer?  Have you fallen in love with the written word? Have you ever savored a story, wondered how words came together, longed to see your name...

My ideal week: 2020 version

My ideal week: 2020 version

I find the start of a new school year to be a good time to work out how I'm going to structure my week and to come up with a vision of what my ideal week would look like. I start with the big things that can't be moved, add in all the everyday things that need to get...

Self-publishing 16: ISBNs

Self-publishing 16: ISBNs

To isbn or not to isbn? The answer to this isn't as easy as you might think. Every book needs to have an international standard book number, as an ex-librarian (gosh that sounds weird to say!) I know it is important and ties into your book being able to be catalogued...

Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

For the last few years, or so , I have been struggling with my digestion. And so at the end of last year I started seeing a dietician. On their advice I have been following a low fodmap exclusion diet. For those of you, probably most of you, who aren't sure what that...

Self-publishing 15: Amazon

Self-publishing 15: Amazon

Whether you choose to publish your ebooks exclusively to Amazon, and so join their KDP Select and make your books available through Kindle Unlimited, or you decide to make you ebooks available wide across multiple retailers, you need to learn how Amazon works. Amazon...

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

Things here in the Netherlands have started to open up again after what has been described as an "intelligent" lockdown. Primary schools have been back for a few weeks with half sized classes, as the children did half school at school and half school at home. From...

Self-publishing 14: social media

Self-publishing 14: social media

As a self-employed entrepreneur (which is what being a self-published author is) you need to engage with your audience in order to raise their interest in your products. In this case your books. And social media is one way to do that. It is not the only way, and there...

Publishing plans & MayFaeReads

Publishing plans & MayFaeReads

Over the first few months of this year, as well as working on my dragon book - available now for preorder - I have been working out how i work best and using that to make my plans for the next few years. Writing, editing and publishing a novel is a large undertaking,...

Self-publishing 13: running an international business

Self-publishing 13: running an international business

I've talked before about different vendors and distributors you may want to use to sell your books. When you do that the important thing to set up with them is to make sure you can be paid. One of the benefits of the global market for ebooks and print on demand...

crisis knitting

crisis knitting

I'm sitting down to write this and I'm really not sure what I want to write about. I have a list of possible blog topics, but somehow none of them seem relevant right now. This is a weird time, for everyone, where the norms are not normal. Where there is an...

Self publishing 12: write to market

Self publishing 12: write to market

The idea of writing to market is considered by some to be selling out and so being untrue to your creative spirit. And some people do take it to that extreme, but it doesn't have to be. To my mind what it means to write to market is to write your story being aware of...

Homeschooling report

Homeschooling report

Like many round the world we have been watching the coronavirus pandemic spread. This is an unsettling time for everyone, especially those who, like me, find themselves in the high risk category. In order to minimise the spread and control the need for hospital and...

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