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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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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 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...

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What is Important for Indie Authors in 2015?

It’s that season when people love to post resolutions and predictions for the year ahead. Along with others in the publishing industry I have been reviewing “where we’re at” and “where we’re heading” as an industry in 2015. When considering where we’re at it’s helpful to remember just how far self-publishing has come in the past decade. It’s just over 7 years since Amazon launched the first Kindle eReader (in...

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The World’s Greatest Storytellers

Publishing house Raconteur Media has surveyed around 500 authors, journalists, editors, students, and media and marketing professionals, asking them who is the world’s greatest storyteller? The Infographic below shows some of the results. As Raconteur explains on their blog, “…we wanted to take a moment to celebrate storytelling as we know and love it – storytelling that comes from people, whether they are...

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Beautiful Scenery in Queenstown, New Zealand

I was fortunate to be in Queenstown, New Zealand a few weeks ago for a conference and took this snapshot one evening with my Samsung phone. This area of New Zealand has such beautiful scenery and it was nice to be back there. I worked around Queenstown and Wanaka in the late 80’s.

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Where I’m Blogging in 2013

In case you hadn’t realised I have been using this blog for major announcements and updates, usually several each year. Here are the web sites and blogs where I anticipate being more active throughout this year. Publish Your Own Ebooks – my blog for indie authors wanting to learn all about digital publishing and how to publish an ebook. I...