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January 8, 2017

So, a few days ago I decided to create a paperback format of on of my eBooks on Amazon - Flat Number 9. It's relatively new service that Amazon are offering. I won't go into too much detail here as to how it works as Amazon has a walk-through for this but basically, if...

January 1, 2017

It took me a while to figure out how to list a free book on Amazon. For other platforms such as Smashwords there is an option to mark it as a free book. This then filters through to their affiliated retailers such as iBooks, Barnes & Noble and others. Unfortunately, th...

December 30, 2016

Hi, I've decided to start a post about audio books, specifically my experiences in producing them...which, at present is precisely zero. I'll try to enter something daily, regarding my progress. I was looking to have my books converted to audio and approached several n...

December 18, 2016

I have decided to write a post about Creating a TOC in your MS word story for submission to Smashwords. I had trouble with this initially so thought it might be a good idea to write a short section if it may help others. I use the word "story" here in relation to MS wo...

September 30, 2016

I have read many books in which the characters speak "exactly" as they would in real life. This stems from the author's perception of conversation and subsequent understanding of how they feel "dialogue" should be rendered to sound as natural and as fluent as possible.

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September 30, 2016

The flower attacked John.

It has always been said that sentences should be written in the active voice as this creates a stronger feel. True, but the passive voice has its benefits. In the sentence above the focus is on the flower as this is the subject to the verb and...

September 30, 2016

Plot is what you give your characters to work with...or at least it should be. It forms the structure of the story - but not exclusively -  and presents scenarios and situations for your characters to deal with. It links action elements in a relational way - that is, f...

September 30, 2016

He stepped back from the cupboard and pulled the door open.

He stepped back from the cupboard, pulling the door open.

What is the difference between using the participle and the conjunction followed by the verb?

And is a conjunction, joining sentences that are - or should...

September 30, 2016

Hi, in my bio I have written about the stories that have been influential in my life, that seminal literature, overtly enjoyable but almost subconsciously educational. Stories that shaped my principals and changed my views. Tell me about your stories and those that hav...

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