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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and […]

Ebooks: A Treasure Trove For Dyslexic Readers

 Reading has always been my escape as well as my hobby, my education as well as my entertainment and inspiration. I am a book junkie! But there are people who struggle with reading. I have dyslexia in my family and I have friends with children who are dyslexic. I usually point them towards Richard Branson, […]

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide With Joel Friedlander

When I first started this blog back in Dec 2008, one of the first people I met online was Joel Friedlander. We did the same course on how to start blogging, but Joel was already way ahead of me in self-publishing as he had started years before and was (and still is) an expert on […]

Game Changing Technology For Self Publishing Children’s Picture Books With Laura Backes

Up until recently, one of the hardest markets to self-publish in has been the children’s picture book market. But that has now all changed with the launch of KDP Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a tool from Amazon to help publish image-based books for children. This could be a game-changer! In today’s podcast, I discuss this […]

How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study

Your email list is the only way to consistently let fans know about your work. If you own this list, you can always earn money from your creative work. Email is a critical part of how I connect with my audience, as well as how I make income, because once you have a list of […]

Habits Of A Book Junkie In A Digital World

Reading has always been my idea of fun! I love reading and I love books, plus I believe writers are usually great readers. We spend our lives immersed with our minds elsewhere, in someone else’s world or one of our own creation. Happy times indeed! Hugh Howey posted a video about his reading habits and […]

How To Make A Living As An Author. Joanna Penn With Mark McGuinness

Today’s podcast features me as a guest, which makes a change! It’s an in-depth interview ranging through my fiction writing and branding, to the aspects of making a living as a writer. In the introduction, I talk about achievements of 2014, goals for 2015 and my take on the recent posts about falling income and […]

Write Books You Love. Think Global. Consider Multiple Streams Of Income

There’s been much teeth-gnashing in the indie community in the last month with lots of posts about quitting, about income dropping with Kindle Unlimited and the new EU Tax Law, about this or that changing. There’s also been a rash of super blog posts, and in this article, I want to round a few things […]

Writing And Creative Entrepreneur Goals For 2015

After wrestling with letting go of self-censorship in 2014, I am ready to embrace the ups and downs of the creative process in 2015. As Dean Wesley Smith says, “Dare to be bad,” and something good will come out of it! I feel as if my basic process and business model is now (finally) set, […]

End Of Year Reflection On Creative Goals Achieved For 2014

Here we are again! The year rushes by and we stand at the end wondering what we achieved in the last 12 months! This is one of the reasons I love blogging – the passing of time is actually trackable. We all change, our goals change, but at least by writing out what we want […]

Christmas Day Reading List 2014

Happy Holidays everyone! Holidays are for reading, in my opinion. Yes, yes, I know – every day is for reading but holidays mean you can spend more hours devouring books in any format. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed or found useful this year: some are useful for writers, others may change your […]

Audiobooks, Author Earnings, Global Focus And More. 2014 RoundUp With Hugh McGuire

In today’s show, I talk to publishing expert Hugh McGuire about some of the biggest stories of 2014 and how they affect indie authors. We go through the state of audio, exclusivity and subscription models, discoverability and publishing startups, print on demand, Author Earnings and global development. Exciting times! This podcast episode is sponsored by […]

BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors

I just did a fantastic event in Auckland, New Zealand, so a big thanks to everyone who came! Plus a big thanks to BookTrack who sponsored and organized the event, as well as Auckland Libraries who hosted it. So what is Booktrack? First up, watch this quick video to get the idea about what it […]

Audiobooks For Indies With Simon Whistler

Have you put your books into audio yet? Today I interview Simon Whistler about his new book, Audiobooks for Indies. I’m in New Zealand on a family visit! Delirium is now available as an audiobook, you can find it here on Audible or please email me if you’d like a review copy. This podcast is […]

Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor

The fast-growing self-publishing environment is attracting all kinds of start-ups and companies that intend to serve authors. However, most of them seem to aim at the periphery of what authors really need, which in my opinion, is primarily editors and cover designers. Then I met Ricardo Fayet at a number of events, and discovered that […]

Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland

Would you like to hear the advice that Stephenie Meyer used to create Twilight, one of the bestselling books of all time? David Farland taught her and today he shares his advice on million dollar stories with you. In the introduction, I mention Mark Coker’s fantastic post about the realities for indie authors right now, […]

Final Chance To Get My Courses For Authors. 25% Off. Limited Time Offer.

Would you like to learn more about book marketing, becoming a pro writer, writing a novel or writing fight scenes? If you’ve been following my annual author-entrepreneur reports about my income split, you’ll note that I have been reducing my online course sales and ramping up my fiction, effectively swapping income streams over time. I […]

Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey.

I love to learn, and I’ve been sharing what I learn on this blog for almost 6 years now! I had an email from a lady the other week and she asked me, “How do you continue when things are tough?” This could be about writing, or just life in general, but for me, it’s […]

Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, […]

Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot […]

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