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BOOK PUBLISHERS – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE

Choosing the right book publisher is a big decision Writing a manuscript is a huge achievement so give yourself a pat on the back. However, instead of being the end of the process, for most authors, it’s just the beginning. Now comes the hard work. Trying to find a book publisher accepting new submissions who is willing to take you on. Choosing the ideal publisher may seem simple. It’s the one offering the most royalties…

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Beta & Arc Readers

BETA & ARC READERS WANTED!

Are you an avid reader? Do you like having your say on forthcoming literary works? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. We are building a reliable team of beta and ARC readers. If interested, read on. What is a beta reader? “A beta reader is a test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing giving feedback with the angle of an average reader to the author about remaining issues.…

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Proofreading/Editing

INTRODUCING THE NITPICKER

WHO IS THE NITPICKER? Editing and proofreading. Two overlapping skills that complement each other beautifully, however, all too often unappreciated. If you read our blog, you will see ‘The Nitpicker’ popping up on a couple of posts. I’m sure you have thought, ‘The who?’ So, lend me your ears and I will tell, if you have a mind to read on. THE JOURNEY BEGINS From an early age, the English language fascinated me. Consequently, reading…

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Word of the day

WHO PUT THE MORON IN OXYMORON?

What is an oxymoron? Oxymoron: a word I adore. It rolls off the tongue. Makes me smile. Also known as a paradox, the word itself is an oxymoron of Greek origin (oxus ‘sharp’ & mōros ‘foolish’). Used for  apparently contradictory, juxtaposed terms, the oxymoron brings out irony, satire, humour, or sarcasm. Many literary giants have used oxymora to show the gnarled, unfathomable curiosity that is the English language. Many satirists or stand-ups have used an…

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Author's Tips

HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS

You’ve written what you consider to be a decent novel and now comes the hard part – finding a publisher or agent, but first, you need to know how to write a synopsis! You search online for publishers/agents accepting submissions and one item they all want is a synopsis conveying your story from beginning to end in a brief, engaging fashion. This summary of your masterpiece needs to triumph. So, how do you do it? Here…

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Author's Tips

WE ALL LOVE A CLICHÉ… DON’T WE?

THE LOVABLE (TONGUE IN CHEEK) CLICHÉ Not a bitter pill to swallow I am an advocate in the belief that humour is wonderful medicine. While medication and I aren’t BFFs, the best things in life are free. So, when under the weather, I am happy to swallow a healthy dollop of laughter, giggles and guffaws to ease the stresses and strains of modern life. With this in mind, I’d like to share an anecdote about…

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AN AUTHOR’S LIFE – THE FUNNY SIDE

An author’s life can be lonely- days spent writing, living in your world of fantasy. That’s why you occasionally need to put down your pen, close your laptop and just laugh out loud! The eternal struggle to get publishers accepting submissions Finding a book publisher is one of the hardest parts of the writing process and can often feel like an uphill struggle. When you finally find a publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts Many publishers will…

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