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Interview with Indie Exchange Founder Oliver Ryan

It was my pleasure this week to chat with indie author, and founder of Indie Exchange (www.indiepubexchange.com), Oliver Ryan, about the self-publishing industry and how his new platform can help authors save time, and avoid some of the major pitfalls involved with...

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Podcasts for Writers and Self Published Authors

Rule 89 of the Internet. If it exists, there’s a podcast of it. If you think the indie author world is niche enough that finding podcast content would be difficult. Baby, you don’t know podcasting. There are all kinds of books that swear they can teach you how to...

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Free Writing Diary and Daily Word Count Tracker

Ever wondered which day of the week you’re most productive on? Or which project you’ve spent the most time writing? Or even just what your average words per minute is? This free writing diary will do all of that and more!At a glance...This is a Google Doc that you can...

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How to Choose (and buy) a Pre-Made Book Cover

Your book is in the editing phase and boy, is it a doozy Your long days of writing and editing and rewriting (and worrying the book will never end) are finally behind you. It’s time to get a cover. Unless you are rich in design skills yourself (or have a lot of money...

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Review: “Romancing the Beat” by Gwen Hayes

You want to know how to structure your romance novel? Not sure how to meet-cute? Are your characters Fighting For Love, when they should be Retreating from Love? Feeling a little lost? Then you need to read this book.At a glance...This is the gold standard for romance...

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Reddit for Writers: Best Subreddits for Authors

No matter if you’re sitting alone at home, or surrounded by people in a cafe, writing is always lonely work. It’s you and your brain, creating characters, worlds, and plot. It helps to be able to find places that will allow you to connect with other, like minded...

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Review: “5k Words per Hour” by Chris Fox

Want to write faster? Of course you do. If you're struggling with getting your daily word count up, there's a good chance this book is for you...but be warned, there isn’t any magic formula: it’s going to take a lot of work to actually get up to 5k an hour. The main...

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We made a thing!

The exceedingly awesome team here at bookspry finally put their drinks down long enough to finish their first collaborative book! This book of writing prompts is fun, silly, creative and thought provoking all at the same time. But more importantly, it's actually...

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NaNoWriMo Day 30 – AAAAAAAHHHH!!!

You made it to Day 30! Give yourself a round of applause! You should be so proud of yourself.   Just taking part in NaNoWriMo makes you a winner! If you made it to 50,000 words then that’s awesome! If you didn’t make it all the way, then don’t worry! You should still...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 29 – Show, Don’t Tell!

On the penultimate day of NaNoWriMo you’ve probably already heard this phrase: Show, Don’t Tell. It’s one of those phrases that gets thrown around a lot. What exactly does it mean though? You should strive to give your readers all the information they need to infer a...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 27 – The Final Countdown!

The finish line is in sight. We’re on the final stretch. After today, you only have two more days to get to your NaNoWriMo goal (eeek!!). How you feel about that probably depends on what your current wordcount is and how much you still have to write until you get to...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 26 – Music?

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve talked earlier in the month about how tempting it can be to check websites during your NaNoWriMo writing sessions. We didn’t touch on another form of distraction that seems harmless, but can be insidious. A lot of...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 24 – On Rewards

Yesterday we showed you a site that rewards you once you’ve written a few hundred words. It’s a cute site and if you didn’t catch it then we really recommend that you go read yesterday’s post. It’ll be worth it. However it does introduce a wider topic: should you be...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 23 – Treat yo self…with Kittens!

Today’s NaNoWriMo tips is a bit...different. We’ve all been working hard and this one is just a bit more fun than usual. After all, you’ve been working hard for weeks now and you deserve it! So, we all know by now that distractions are the enemy and should be avoided...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 22 – Stay on Target!!!

  Now that we’re in the final stretch of NaNoWriMo it’s more important than ever to stay focused. We live in a world where technology offers us an infinite number of distractions. Checking your phone, checking emails, updates, notifications; it’s a continuous stream...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 21 – End of Week Three (Tools and Tips)

Three weeks! Can you believe it?? Congratulations on making it this far! You’ve been working hard. The end is in sight and this is the final sprint. In these tips, we’ve talked a lot about the various effects of mental drain on your writing; all the different...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 20 – How to skip, and how to come back

We’ve talked before about how much of time-suck research can be and why you should skip over it. However we didn’t really touch on HOW to skip over parts of your story. If no-one else is ever going to read your manuscript then you can just leave a note for yourself to...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 19 – The Joy of Dictation

Your brain moves a lot faster than your fingers. It’s something we all know, but it’s particularly clear during NaNoWriMo. You’ve got the perfect sentence in your head,  you type it out and then sit back to read it back. Suddenly you realize that you’ve skipped a few...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 18 – Avoiding Cliches

Part of NaNoWriMo is writing quickly. You’re pushing towards a word count every day and you simply don’t have time to agonise over every word. You have an image in your head that you’re trying to describe and you just want to get your readers to see that same image....

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