Author: Gary McLaren

The Inflight Magazine Report

4th Edition of The Inflight Magazines Report

The 4th Edition of The Inflight Magazines Report is now available over at This update was one of the most important projects I had scheduled for early 2016, so it’s great to be able to tick it off as completed. It incorporates a new design for the report, as well as a new cover, and a complete overhaul of the...

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A Manifesto for Authors’ Marketplace Success at FutureBook

In this new era of publishing, a writer, arguably, has more chance of becoming a successful author than at any other time in the last fifty years. That’s the opening line of my 500-word manifesto, “A Manifesto for Authors’ Marketplace Success“, which has just been published at Futurebook. This is part of a series of manifestos on the future of...

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Writers Unplugged is Live

In the third week of July this year I launched a new blog for writers, Writers Unplugged. It will be my main blog for the next couple of years at least. Over the past 15 years I have posted my articles at multiple web sites including freelance writing material at, e-publishing articles at and platform building at I...

Wednesday 1st July

Only 11 Days to Go

11 days to go. I’m counting the days. For several months I have been eagerly waiting for 1st July to roll around. Today I can I tell you why… For the past two years my writing and blogging business has taken a back seat to my other work commitments and responsibilities. If you have started following me recently you may not know that I was...

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Infographic: My Top Tips for Indie Authors in 2015

A few weeks ago I posted my views on where we’re heading in the independent publishing industry and what will be most important for indie authors in 2015.  So many readers enjoyed that post that I decided to create the following infographic that contains all of the key points.

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20 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

I’ve always loved libraries. Even as a young boy I was a regular visitor to our local library where the world opened up to me through books and reading. Many years later I look back on those early reading experiences and I reflect on how they influenced some of my adventures around the world. I hope you love libraries too. Here are twenty of...

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The Best Hashtags for Indie Authors in 2015

In this post I’ll reveal some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors. For those not familiar with hashtags they are essentially a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone writes a tweet they can include a hashtag to make it easier for people interested in that topic to find their tweets. For example I might include the hashtags #publishing...

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The Most Popular Book Formats for Indie Publishers

Between books, ebooks and audiobooks there are so many different formatting options. This infographic is designed to provide a quick overview of the most common formats. You may click here to open it full size in a new window or click here to see it in my Google Album. Printed Books A book’s format refers to the shape and dimensions of the...