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First London Book Fair 2019

I visited the London Book Fair for the first time recently at the historic Olympia in London and was fascinated by the engine of the publishing industry on display. Around the big 5 trade publisher areas, hordes of suits were getting down to business - agents,...

Pressbooks review

Pressbooks is an online platform that allows you to create multiple books for digital and print. I've been a bit of a fan for many years now and still use it for most of my books. If you're familiar with Wordpress then you'll recognise the dashboard as it is based on...

7 Powerful Components of a Great Author Website

Your author website is an essential component for any writer or indie publisher and should be seen as the jewel in the crown in which to send traffic. With your own website, you have full control and won't be left exposed to sea changes in the social media sphere, new...

Reedsy Review: Editor and Marketplace

The Reedsy platform offers an exciting eco-system for authors to help craft beautiful books. There are two main focal points: the first is the editor and the second is the marketplace. Both are offered in a slick user-friendly interface that makes it easy to find...

Finding a rhythm in the fast moving world of indie publishing

As 2018 steams ahead and 2017 evaporates in the rearview like dust off a truck it seems like a good point to assess where I'm at, as a writer and us as a publisher. Personally, 2017 was one of the best for a long time by a long shot. I gave up my old life, travelled,...

Platforms to crowdfund your writing

When I first discovered Patreon, a platform helping creatives regain financial freedom, I was transfixed. Here was a way to offer content through a membership model for supporting patrons (or Patreons) to access by either each creative ‘thing’ or on a monthly basis....

Notes on the 20 Books to 50k London Conference

I spent most of January back in my home city of Bristol, partly to connect with the vibrant writing meetups that take place and re-connect with some old faces but also to travel down to Runnymead on Thames for the recent 20books London event in early February. In case...

Nanowrimo at the castle

As I write this it is the last day of Nanowrimo 2017. Looking at my count from a cafe in Bratislava with one eye on the snow falling outside, it's likely I'm not going to hit the required fifty thousand words. But I had a metric shit-ton of fun trying. Before November...

Finding the right environment for writing

After around three months in Colombia, I'm back in Europe and enjoying the historical city of Lisbon in Portugal. Overall, staying in Medellin was productive and I managed to stick to a routine, working from various cafes as well as joining the co-working space to...