Self Publishing is Real! (Now what?)

For anyone self publishing or thinking about it, this is an interesting post from Andrew that will give food for thought.

Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego

Tale of Two Cities 110At some point in the last two years self-publishing became accepted as a real, and even preferable, route over the traditional path. That’s great news, but it’s only the first step. What we need now is for a self-publishing ecosystem to evolve that makes self-publishing a more efficient, enjoyable and effective route for authors of all types.

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Short Stories for Lunch

Take a break to read a story.

The Summer is here and for a change it’s a dry one in Ireland. Time to get outside in the fresh air, find a bench and have a quick read. Benches are usually not that comfortable but for a lunch/coffee/tea break they are okay. Select a short read while you eat and by the time your lunch break is over you will have finished your meal and the story.

Short stories are becoming more popular as people’s lives get busier. They are a great way to switch off from work during a  break or on a commute. Here’s one I wrote earlier this year. Feel free to share links in the comments to any of your own, or stories that you have enjoyed reading. Like Father, Like Son




Radio Interviews for authors

Radio interviews for authors are of great value, if the right audience is reached.


These days each and every author wants to do radio interviews to get more exposure for his books and in our days with so many internet radio programs this is not a difficult task to complete. The Goal is not necessary to be on the mainstream radio program but to be on the right one with the right audience for the subject of the book and find a host who knows how to deal with this subject and how to engage the audience.

A good radio interviewer helps the audience to delve into the imagination of writers and the authors have a chance to reveal something of their imagination, the characters personalities which readers will love or hate  and the plots that have audience reading late into the night, to know what happens next.

Now after such a long introduction I will give an example. I had to promote a…

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Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

If you are confused about whether or not to put one of your books into Kindle Unlimited, you are in good company. Great post and some very interesting comments on David Gaughran’s blog. Well worth taking the time to read.

David Gaughran

amazon_kindle_unlimitedAmazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make.

The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below.

The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select – Amazon’s program which offers various additional marketing tools in exchange for exclusivity. Author compensation will be similar to borrows under the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – a percentage of money from a fixed pool. The only real twist is that payment will be triggered when 10% of downloaded books have been read.

At the…

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Camping in Clare, Castles in Kerry


While on a recent camping trip to the west of Ireland, my family and I discovered a fabulous castle. It would make a great setting for a book, of any genre. Follow the link below and take a look at the video if you would like to see a lovely example of a late 15th century Irish tower house.

Inspirational Locations

Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

Thanks for another informative post David Gaughran.

David Gaughran

amazonhachetteA group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday with an open letter calling on Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette.

The letter is incredibly disingenuous. It claims not to take sides, but only calls on Amazon to take action to end the dispute. It also makes a series of ridiculous claims, notably that Amazon has been “boycotting Hachette authors.”

Where do I start?

The Phantom Boycott

First of all, refusing to take pre-orders on Hachette titles is not a “boycott.” Pre-orders are a facility extended to certain publishers – not all publishers. Many small presses don’t have a pre-order facility. Most self-publishers don’t have a pre-order facility.

I don’t know why Amazon has stopped taking Hachette pre-orders, but both sides have stated that negotiations aren’t likely to be resolved any…

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10 Reasons Why Being A Writer Is Like Working In Middle Management

Great post Tara, I love the metaphors. I think Hemmingway says it well; “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemmingway

Tara Sparling writes

1. Both the people at the level below you and the people at the level above you suspect there is no need for you at all.

2. You’d rather not be at your desk most days, but if you didn’t have a desk to go to, you’d probably die.

3. You do all the work, but get little credit, and only a tenth of the pay you think you deserve.

4. You’ve come a long way to get where you are, which is great for about 5 seconds until you realise that you’ve got such a long way to go yet that you may as well have never started at all.

5. Most of the suggestions thrown your way are not suggestions at all, but in fact direct orders which are almost impossible to comply with.

6. You are forced to say things you don’t believe regarding things you don’t care about.


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to Write is to Serve

Thanks Chris for pointing out how important readers are to writers. It means a lot to me when a reader connects with my style of writing and enjoys it.



Authors write books. A book is a product.

But authorship entails more than just making a product. Authorship is a service.

Ultimately, writers want their work to be read, and therefore they serve an audience. Please the audience and gain more readers.

The first step is for the content to please the audience, but it goes well beyond that.

Readings, signings, and other events allow authors to engage the audience in person.

Authors engage with fans online through fan clubs, blogs, and social media.

And let’s not forget one major service that most authors provide: marketing. Many writers spend several hours per week helping readers from the target audience find their books. This is a concerted effort that the author makes to help readers become interested in books that may be a good fit for them, but which they may have otherwise not discovered.

Feedback leads to yet another service:…

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