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Marketing mayhem - Ten promotion mistakes to avoid

When self-publishing you have to do most of the marketing yourself, but it can seem like a minefield if you’ve never done it before. Getting it wrong can mean the difference between success and failure. Here are ten mistakes to avoid when promoting your book.

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Great beginnings - 3 tips on how to start your book

It’s very easy to come up with an idea and decide to start writing a book, but actually sitting down and typing those first words is very difficult, especially if you want your readers to finish. Here are three tips to writing a great beginning that will ensure people read to the end.

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WhoWatWhereNow? - NaNoWriMo starts next week, what’s it all about?

Thirty days can seem like an age if you’re waiting for a birthday, the birth of a child, or a paycheque. However, thirty days doesn’t seem so long when you have write a whole novel from start to finish. That’s the aim of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), to encourage people to write a complete novel over the month of November. It sounds like a big task.

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Get it out - 10 steps to getting your short story published

Getting your short story published is a great way to validate yourself as an author. Whether you’re doing it for a little extra money, to increase your visibility, or improve your reputation, a short story can improve your standing in the writing world, but it can be difficult. Here are ten steps to help you give you the best chance.

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Better meta - Putting metadata to good use

When putting together an ebook you’ll hear the word metadata bandied around but without any real clues as to what it is and what you should do with it. Essentially, it’s the bibliographic information, technical data about your book, but it could be so much more. Read on to find out what metadata is and what it can do for you.

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Site for sore eyes - 15 tips for a successful author website

When you become an author you’ll find you need a base of operations, a single place where your fans can come to you, find information, get in contact, buy your books. This place needs to be your website, but where do you start, what do you need? Here’s 15 tips to make your website worth visiting.

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