A Tutorial on Creative Mechanics

What makes your world tick? You think you have a never before seen concept, a piece of equipment, a vehicle or magical construct of your own design.  What makes it stand out to the reader from many other creations? How does it work? These are a few of the questions I always ask myself when […]

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A Mine of Different Characters

If anyone were to ransack my house right now, they would probably not even notice the small notebook beside my bed. They wouldn’t know that it is one of my most valuable possessions. I have kept this little book for what feels like forever; even though I was advised to start it only a few […]

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Book excerpt: echoes of narcissus in the gardens of delight

Jo Robinson, author of African me and satellite TV, The Visitation, Shadow People and Fly Birdie. The following is fiction, but malignant narcissists really do exist, and it is a recognised mental illness. Unfortunately, many people never realise that they are involved with a narcissist, because their actions are so demonically bad as to be […]

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Monetise your skills: from bookworm to marketeer for authors

Kim Nash talks to Blackheath Dawn about her journey from bookworm to a publishing and social media consultant for authors. Thanks so much for inviting me to explain how I started working in marketing and publicity for authors and publishers. Here’s how my journey began: I’ve always been a bookworm. My mom used to tell me off for […]

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Monetise your skills: become an Amazon associate

Are you selling your book through Amazon? Do you want to earn more money through something you’re already doing? Seems like a silly question with an easy answer, but unfortunately not a lot of authors realize it’s actually possible – and super simple. If you’re selling books through Amazon and marketing those books through your […]

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Proof editing: typos and errors for independent publishing authors

Nina Soden, author of Blood Angel series. I originally published this article as a guest author at http://timothy-oullette.blogspot.com/ and http://www.timouellette.com on August 8, 2014, but I felt that the information was important enough that I wanted it in my blog feed as well. I hope you enjoy my take on Typos and Errors in Indie-Published Manuscripts. You can […]

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Developing a voice: let your characters speak

“Come into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly. We don’t need to be told that the spider is both evil and persuasive. In your mind you already have those pictures. We can hear the oily sounds without being told that they are, indeed, as slick as Teflon. “Y’got that right, dude!” This character […]

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