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Hay Literary Festival and Elitism

Hay Literary Festival and Elitism

By on May 31, 2016 in Industry Insights, News

As a literary event that brings authors from all across the world, an interesting analysis of Hay Literary Festival has been given by Beulah Maud Devaney in The Independent, and its problem with elitism. Below is a quote from Belulah’s article about Hay Literary Festival than runs until 5th June in Wales: “Over the last decade, studies have claimed that...

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An Interview with Author Kendra Elliot

An Interview with Author Kendra Elliot

By on May 31, 2016 in Interviews

We recently interviewed author Kendra Elliot to learn about her background and her books, including her most recent story entitled TARGETED. Read on to learn what Kendra had to say, who also informed us about her approach to writing and her upcoming work. Please tell us about you. Where are you from? What is your professional background and how did you become an...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Diversity

The Dos and Don’ts of Diversity

By on May 31, 2016 in Writing Tips

Diversity. Recently this buzzword has ignited conversations about representation of minorities and marginalized people in media. Television, movies, books … for a long time, variety wasn’t always readily available, and those who created diverse works often found it difficult to make their voices heard. Now, with campaigns such as #WeNeedDiverseBooks, diverse books...

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Middle Eastern Authors Expressing Themselves Through Dystopian Fiction

Middle Eastern Authors Expressing Themselves Through Dystopian Fiction

By on May 30, 2016 in Book Reviews, Industry Insights

Alexandra Alter has written a fascinating article about Middle Eastern authors writing dystopian fiction in The New York Times. The piece features authors such as Basma Abdel Aziz and Saleem Haddad. Below is a quote from Alexandra’s article: “Basma Abdel Aziz was walking in downtown Cairo one morning when she saw a long line of people standing in front...

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Why an Online Marketing Campaign Can Fail

Why an Online Marketing Campaign Can Fail

By on May 30, 2016 in Sales and Marketing

  If you want to improve your sales and marketing as an author, it makes sense to get some tips from an expert in this area. You may find interesting and useful an article about the reasons why online marketing campaigns fail, at The Business Journals, written by Clifford Jones, Founder and Managing Partner at Conversion Marketing Experts. Below is an excerpt...

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How to Promote Your eBook Using Social Media

How to Promote Your eBook Using Social Media

By on May 30, 2016 in Sales and Marketing

Social media is a primary tool in an author’s promotion arsenal. However, how can you promote your ebook using social media effectively? Megan Hicks gives some great answers to this question in an article at Relevance. Below is an excerpt from Megan’s article: “When preparing to promote your new eBook, setting an easy-to-follow plan is the best way...

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5 Skills Writers Can Learn from Other Professionals

5 Skills Writers Can Learn from Other Professionals

By on May 30, 2016 in Special Features

Writers that want to become successful i.e. get published, create a following of fans and sell enough books to live on the royalties, need more than just writing skills, an eloquent style and storytelling abilities. Writers need other skills; skills that have been perfected by other professionals. Some, if not all, of the skills we’ve presented below might come...

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Children’s Books: The Top New Ones

Children’s Books: The Top New Ones

By on May 28, 2016 in Book Reviews, Industry Insights

Are you looking for children’s books? If so, take a read of this review of the best and latest ones by Michelle Pauli in The Guardian. Below is a quote from Michelle’s piece: “Along with bears and bunnies, tigers star in a surprising number of picture books, from Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea to Catherine Rayner’s Augustus and His Smile....

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eBooks: Their Pros and Cons

eBooks: Their Pros and Cons

By on May 27, 2016 in Industry Insights

A useful analysis of ebooks and their pros and cons has been given by Kevin Schaefer in Technician. Below are some of Kevin’s words from his piece: “I’ve always been something of a maverick in my generation when it comes to technology. It took me until my junior year of high school to get a Facebook, my Twitter account has yet to reach the...

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Should the Reselling of eBooks be Allowed?

Should the Reselling of eBooks be Allowed?

By on May 27, 2016 in Industry Insights

David Meyer has written an insightful article about the complex issues involved around the reselling of ebooks and other digital products such as software, at Ars Technica UK. Below is a quote from David’s article: “Here’s the story so far. In 2014, the publishers tried to get Tom Kabinet shut down, but the Amsterdam district court refused to grant...

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