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Whats new: 15 April 2019 - What's new 15 April 2019
  • ‘I'm a great believer in turning up still. No forgiving yourself because you are tired. I try to get there before 10, not too early. On those magical writing days you forget you exist and you surface an hour later and you have 400 words you were not expecting to write.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) - Amazon's e-book publishing platform offers a royalty rate of 70% of list price minus delivery costs, with a few exceptions. One of the chief advantages of working with Amazon is the incentives it offers to authors through its KDP Select program.

I'm still very much in the apprentice stage of writing. I read somewhere that you need to write a million words before you know what you're doing - so I'm headed that way, but I'm nowhere near there. But, for what they're worth, here are some of the things I've learned along the way.

Link: Writing about what you don't know 15 April 2019

The traditional advice for aspiring novelists is to write about what you know. For most of my career I've done pretty much the opposite. I make my living writing novels about a forensic anthropologist - someone who can glean information from decomposition and the bones of the dead - despite the...

I've a very structured and disciplined writing routine where I begin a novel in January, I write four days a week from 9 to 6, my book is due May 31st, I edit during the summer, and I publish in the fall. As I write a novel a year this has been my discipline and though it may sound restrictive...

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, but fans of the show and novels are still wondering when George R.R. Martin will finally release the series' sixth book, The Winds of Winter. The answer? Even if the notoriously slow-paced scribe is already done with his manuscript, it will...

Authors are being told to write under pseudonyms to present themselves as debut writers and feed the publishing industry's "obsession" with new, marketable voices, Joanne Harris has said.

This week, Ian McEwan said his new AI novel was not science fiction - and the world went mad. Sarah Ditum looks at why the genre retains its outsider status

Link: The Netflix Literary Connection 15 April 2019

Netflix has been on a book acquisition spree over the past year, developing screen adaptations of dozens of novels, series, short story collections, and graphic novels.

Commentary: 'Turning up' 18 April 2019

‘I'm a great believer in turning up still. No forgiving yourself because you are tired. I try to get there before 10, not too early. On those magical writing days you forget you exist and you surface an hour later and you have 400 words you were not expecting to write. But turning up is...

Whats new: 8 April 2019 - What's new 8 April 2019
  • 'Whatever happened to me in my life, happened to me as a writer of plays. I'd fall in love, or fall in lust. And at the height of my passion, I would think, 'So this is how it feels,' and I would tie it up in pretty words.

Bringing African Authors to a Worldwide Audience

As conversations about children's and young adult books are underway at the Bologna Children's Book FairThe...

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