Things We Say Today Which We Owe to Shakespeare Meme…

A little bit of Shakespeare from Chris…………

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Description Lists for Colors

Lost for words on how to describe the colour of your character’s long, shiny tresses? Thanks to Amir you don’t have to pull your hair out over it. 🙂

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Today I want to introduce some complete lists of colors for using in your writing.


Here’s another one:


Eye color:


Hair color:


Hope you enjoy these lists!

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7 recycling tips for bloggers – make the most of your writing

How to reblog an old post. Many thanks to Sue Vincent for these tips.

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There are still posts on my blog from the very earliest days of its existence, when no-one read a thing I had written, no-one even knew it was there and, to be fair,  there really wasn’t anything worth reading.  I was taking my first baby steps out into the blogging world and hadn’t a clue about how it worked. The first year, three posts went out… and… wait for the drum roll… five people I didn’t know ‘liked’ them! Five! Whoo-hoo! That was the most fabulous feeling!

The following year, when I started writing of past events, sharing old journals, just as they had been written lots of people started reading! I had several views!

That was it…. I was a blogger.

I started writing in earnest. The stats page became a fascinating and gratifying place to wander… for a little while. ‘Several’ became double, then triple figures every week…

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Your Book’s Metadata on Amazon

Metadata on Amazon – an excellent explanation from Jo Robinson.

Lit World Interviews

You get to choose two categories for your book on Amazon, and seven keywords. Your book’s title, sub-title, blurb, categories, and keywords all go towards producing its metadata – the stuff that Amazon’s search engine uses to make your book discoverable to buyers searching for something to buy. That’s the fabulous thing about getting your metadata as useful as you can. People who search Amazon are looking to purchase. They’re not wanting information like when they use Google. In fact, Amazon’s search engine is not the same as Google.

Amazon’s search engine actually has its own moniker – A9. Not a very romantic name, but it is individual nevertheless. Amazon wants to get a specific sale rather than direct searchers to information as Google does. So A9 works a little differently. You may have noticed a sharp zooming up the rankings when you have a couple of sales of your…

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Text-To-Speech in 1846 Involved a Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets | Atlas Obscura

Fancy having the Euphonia ‘speak’ for you? Too late – read on to find out why (thanks to First Night History for sharing this).

First Night History

On a summer day in 1846 at London’s grand Egyptian Hall, Joseph Faber unveiled one of the strangest inventions to come out of the 19th century’s technological boom. For one shilling a head, spectators were ushered into a dimly lit back room to see the Euphonia, a machine that boasted the ability to replicate human speech.

In the middle of the disheveled chamber sat a piano-like instrument topped with a female automaton whose face, framed with ringlet curls, stared vacantly into the crowd. Professor Faber, a shy German astronomer-turned-inventor, stood behind the keys of his device hoping desperately that…

Source: Text-To-Speech in 1846 Involved a Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets | Atlas Obscura

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Taking Brooklyn by Storm

Okay, that was a bit of an overly dramatic headline. I don’t usually blog about my books but I’ve been hoping this would happen for a long time now and just had to share it. My Irish historical fiction series has been selling well as an ebook in the UK and Ireland over the past couple of years and has been a #1 best seller on Amazon UK but I’ve never been able to hit the top of the bestsellers list in that category in the USA – until now.

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When I checked this afternoon, there was my wee book at number one spot, ahead of Colm Tóibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ and to add to the excitement, two more books in the series are just below, in fourth and sixth place. I even got a #1 Bestseller sticker. I know there is probably a lot of interest in Irish historical fiction due to this being Ireland’s Centenary year so my books seem to be in the right place at the right time, so to speak. I very much appreciate the support of so many readers on all the various international Amazon sites, who have made it possible for me to reduce my full time ‘day-job’ to part-time and devote more hours to writing.

A Closer Look at Creative Commons Licensing

Unsure about copyright? Here’s a very helpful post on Creative Commons from Lit World Interviews.

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We’ve spoken about copyright before on here on LWI, but a lot of scribblers are still unaware of some of the pitfalls out there, especially when it comes to the Creative Commons (CC) licenses. As I’ve often said, when it comes to copyright infringement for both content and images, it is always better to err on the side of caution.  Unless you’re a hundred percent certain that using someone else’s work can’t possibly get you sued, don’t use it.  When it comes to this issue, ignorance of the law doesn’t count.  You are always at fault even if you don’t know what copyright means, and as such, if you’re sued you’re more than likely going to have to pay up.

While titles of books are not subject to copyright, and you can use them as you please, the content of books and also songs are very much so, unless they…

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Tables of Contents in Ebooks: Yes!

A big thank you to JW Manus for this helpful post on Table of Contents and Amazon.

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There’s a big brouhaha going on now with Amazon. Scammers and other crooks have flooded Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is making one of their sweeps in an attempt to root them out. As per usual, when automation is unleashed, innocents get caught up in the net–sometimes with very expensive consequences.

One of the ways publishers are being dinged has to do with the tables of contents. Crooks are manipulating them to game the Kindle Unlimited page reads, so Amazon is going after ebooks that lack a standard (in form and in placement) ToC. Amazon highly recommends that every ebook has an active (publisher generated) table of contents, and requires an internal table of contents (this is what you see when you use the Go To feature on a Kindle). For more information on Amazon’s policies, start here and don’t forget to read this.

ToC Blog 1

The two most common arguments I…

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