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Kindle Scout day 5 update – Hot and Trending?

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After submitting my novel to Kindle Scout five days ago I’ve been stepping up social networking. My Facebook friends have been brilliant at spreading the word about my campaign, so a huge thank you to them! Random Acts of Unkindness was ‘hot and trending’ for the first three days, but imagine my horror when I […]

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Submitting a Novel to Kindle Scout

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I’ve always wondered how Amazon Publishing works. When I looked into the process I found that they have a ‘Kindle Scout’ section where the author uploads a novel and readers nominate it for publication by Kindle Press. The difference between this and straightforward KDP self-publishing is that if the novel is selected through kindle Press it […]

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What, When, Where? with Tanya Reimer

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Continuing the What, Where, When? feature of writers and their writing processes, I am very pleased to welcome Tanya Reimer, author of many speculative fiction novels, to the blog to talk about her writing life. What do you write? I am a writing addict. I will try anything in any dosage. I once had an editor […]

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Literary Fiction or Genre Fiction: who decides?

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I’m not the first to write about this subject and I won’t be the last, but watching Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro debate genre fiction piqued my interest in genre boundaries. They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated. Only the other day, an author on […]

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November means Nanowrimo

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November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]

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Scrivener – what is it good for?

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I’ll declare my own position right now: I’m a big fan of Scrivener. When I started writing I was more than happy with standard word processing software such as Word. After all, I’ve used a typewriter and after deploying Tippex and correction tape the ability to delete a word immediately is a miracle in itself! […]

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Writing: Letting go and starting again

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The process of creating a novel is much longer and has many more stages than just writing. Writing ‘The End’ is rarely the actual end of the process. Editing. Then more editing. Then proofreading. Maybe even a rewrite. Even after the final copy has been emailed or posted to whoever will see it first there […]