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Finding a rhythm in the fast moving world of indie publishing

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

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

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

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...

Listbuilding for authors with instaFreebie

An effective way of building your email list for your author platform is using giveaway and newsletter swaps. Services like instaFreebie can give you powerful options. Here you can build a dedicated list of fans by offering free book in return for their optin details....

Nomad Cruise December 2016

The idea of the Nomad cruise fired and excited my imagination ever since I came across it on the web last year so to be stepping onto the Zenith on December 10th was the realisation of a crazy plan to kick-start a new lifestyle. As the older cruise ship (I nicknamed...

Nomad City report from Las Palmas

I landed in Las Palmas, one of Europe's fastest growing digital nomad hotspots on the first leg of my big life change trip. Nomad City, the local organisation that hosts and promotes the movement has been busy with talks, tours and general networking. A lot of digital...

Countdown to being a digital nomad

Right now I am selling or giving away the last of my possessions, trying to tie up a million loose ends, saying goodbye to friends and family…and generally panicking. In around a month’s time I will be flying to Gran Canaria to meet up with a group of digital nomads...