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How to build an email list with a Coloring Book

If you are thinking of adding an Adult Coloring Book to your portfolio of books or already have one, this post is for you. The rise of The Coloring Book has coincided with the rise of the email list. As authors the email list is our most powerful tool. There’s only one problem. It’s a coloring book? How do you capture emails with a coloring book? But let’s rewind to the start. I had been watching the rise of the Adult Coloring Book and they seem to be popping up everywhere. They were now in supermarkets, retails stores, art and craft stores and just about every bookstore had them displayed. […] Read more…

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How to write a book and not go crazy

The hardest part of writing a book is the actual writing. Writing is everything from plotting, editing, brainstorming and of course putting the words on the page. And then there’s all the time constraints we have and obligations we must keep up. Then throw in your creative hunger which keeps tugging away, giving you heart palpitations in the middle of the night and great ideas at the wrong times. It’s enough to drive you crazy! And writing a book can do that to you. It’s not easy to write a book but it shouldn’t steal your sanity. So here is my guide on how to write a book and not […] Read more…

The Book and The Beach by Guest Blogger April Klassen

The Book and the Beach

The following post is by Guest Blogger April Klassen. Reading a book is escaping reality in the form of a very cheap holiday. You can go on all kinds of adventures with all of your friends and even have a cheeky romance that no-one can judge you for because it was fictional. And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own bed to experience all this, unless you need to return the book to the library because it’s overdue. But is it appropriate to bring a novel, or even a stack, with you on a trip you’ve paid for? The answer is rather murky. So, when is it […] Read more…

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Eight reasons why I want to be like Joanna Penn

One of my virtual mentors is Joanna Penn and while it’s a little embarrassing to say, I want to be just like her. Over the years I’ve watched her rise to an authority in the Indie Author ranks, now turning over 6 figures a year in her business, Joanna is a total inspiration. I discovered Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn in my cubicle around 2011. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon her website but I downloaded her Author 2.0 Blueprint and began reading it one weekend. This is when I discovered self-publishing and the penny dropped like a ton of bricks. You can self-publish a book? There’s a […] Read more…

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March Selection: Book Cover Design

It took me a while to compile this post this month. Trying to sift through the emails, I finally looked at the Goodreads Newsletter. As always there are so many amazing books coming in in 2016. Equally there are so many amazing book cover designs to choose from. It was a hard choice and here they are. Here is my pick of covers for March:   Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs  In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he’s had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to […] Read more…

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LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been nominated for a blogging award! Thank you to the lovely Blog Diamonds and Duddas who nominated me. The award I’ve been nominated for is a ‘Liebster Award’, which is an award created by bloggersfor bloggers in our community. The goal of the award is to introduce our followers to newer blogs on the internet. Here are the rules: To accept the nomination you must answer 11 questions as set out by the person that nominated you so here are my responses to the questions set out for me by Jolie: What is your best piece of advice for new bloggers wanting to get ahead? Write as much content […] Read more…

The Creative Market Products every writer must have

The Creative Market Products every writer must have

The Creative Market is one of the best resources for images, mock ups, scene creators, fonts, patterns, the list goes on. It is my go to website for all things design and its not just for designers, anyone can buy and use products from The Creative Market. Having a professional looking blog with images to match is going to make you stand out and there is so much competition out there now. Everyone is building a platform of some sort and everyone is writing a book. So do yourself a favour and start taking things seriously because do jusdge a book by its cover and everything else in between. How does The […] Read more…

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10 things about life I wish I’d known 10 years ago

There’s a famous line in Game of Thrones that I think is so perfect it sums up life. Ygritte’s famous line she says to John Snow is ‘You know nothing John Snow.’ This is something I have heard from my own dad over and over and I admit I roll my eyes every time. If you watch Game of Thrones you will know exactly what I’m talking about. Its a perfect line from Ygritte and my own interpretation is she is referring to so many things in John Snow’s life not just the mysterious White Walkers who roam past the wall (You’ll have to watch the show if you don’t […] Read more…

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Writers Doubt by April Klasen

“What is left to say about writing that hasn’t been summed up by more talented and more successful writers?” The tips for starting and finishing a novel, tutorials for self-publishing, learning to network with your blog… it’s already out there. All of the ideas have been thought up and turned into franchises. Now, I could regurgitate all of this information again, bore people with pros and cons of going solo in the publishing world. Or I could pose a question. “What is the point in writing when there is nothing new to say?” This is the beginning of a writer’s doubt. I am not a psychologist and I’ve only sort […] Read more…

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February Selection: Book Cover Designs

Is it February already? A few of the books selected this month are coming out later in the year but they caught my eye so I’ve included them in the February edition book cover designs I’ve been lusting over. I’m currently designing a book cover for a project that is 3/4 finished and I must admit I could go on forever but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and ship. So here a few that caught my eye this month:   The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele  Description: Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned […] Read more…

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