Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bestselling Self-Published Novel Inexplicably Disappears From Amazon UK Causing Huge Lost Sales

A bestselling self-published novel – Sugar & Spice by writing duo Saffina Desforges – disappeared from Amazon UK 18 days ago, with no reason given to the authors. Repeated requests to KDP UK have failed to elicit an explanation, let alone a solution, … Continue reading

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World-Building in Historical Fiction

I’m up against a very tight deadline to get A Storm Hits Valparaíso off to the editor so posting will be minimal over the next week or so – apologies. By way of introduction to the last excerpt I posted, I … Continue reading

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Transparent Publishing & Community-Driven Narratives – Guest Post by Brett Henley

I have a guest post today from a writer who is trying something very different indeed. Most authors are loathe to share their work while it is in progress for the simple reason that the first draft is often quite … Continue reading

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Penguin Launches Rip-Off Self-Publishing “Service” Targeting Inexperienced Writers

Penguin has unveiled a self-publishing service – which will operate under the aegis of its online writing community Book Country – but questions are being asked about the huge fees they are charging, and the massive royalty cut that they … Continue reading

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7 Lessons In Self-Publishing I Learnt In The 7th Grade – Guest Post by Mainak Dhar

I have a guest post today from a writer you are going to be hearing a lot more about in the future: Mainak Dhar. He first self-published (for the Kindle, full story below) in March of this year. He had … Continue reading

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Incorporating Historical Figures Into A Narrative

Blogging has been a little less frequent of late. I’m working hard on A Storm Hits Valparaíso and that’s taking up most of my free time. If you are after the usual programming, I have a guest post up on Joe … Continue reading

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Amazon Faces Serious International Competition, From Japan

A major deal was announced yesterday which should propel Kobo into the top tier. The Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten purchased Kobo – outright – in a straight cash deal for $315m. It sounds like Kobo will continue to be run as … Continue reading

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