Tagged: ebooks

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The reader, the writer, and technology – where to next?

I’m a little late with my last post because I’ve been lost in my PhD for the past few weeks. I’m researching how young adults source and engage with narrative. It’s because I write for the young adult (YA) demographic that I am very interested in the who, what, when, where and why of YA reading. I’ve written in this blog before about the changing...

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Writing styles: Is technology changing the way we write?

As a writer-in-residence my teaching program occasionally goes by the wayside in lieu of far more interesting and often enlightening (for me) discussions about writing. Today was one such day. Students in a year eight (13-14 y/o) group asked me if I had read Playing Beatie Bow. I had. When I was young. Very young. “That explains a lot,” they said, rolling their eyes. I...

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Terrible titles

The header for this post is Terrible Titles, but perhaps it should have been: Creating a Suitable Title For Your Novel That Doesn’t Put People Off Reading it But Clues Them Into What It May be About Without Being Irrelevant or Long-winded. Snappy right? Would you read any further? Finding a suitable title for your novel is a delicate matter. A novel title needs to...

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Dodgy deals in a murky market

A few months ago, I posted my thoughts regarding the need for Literary Agents to reinvent themselves so that they may remain relevant in the context of a changing industry. Since then it seems that some ‘enterprising’ persons and/or organisations have done just this and developed a business model that looks to address increasing demand in ePublishing. These emerging models seem quite profitable to the...

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Penguin. Playing the game or playing authors?

The journey of a self-pubbed eBook author is an arduous one. They go through the same challenges during the drafting, editing, redrafting, editing, writing, rewriting and polishing stages of developing their manuscripts as any author worth their salt. The difference lies in what happens then. Traditionally, when an author was accepted by a publisher, the cover design, layout, formatting and promotion of the book were...

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Do you write to live or live to write?

They say that when you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. I get that. When I write, I am at peace with myself, the universe and everything. I love creating characters and plots and watching them come to together to form ‘story.’ I love being woken in the middle of the night with that flash of inspiration...

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Adapt or die

The publishing industry is changing. Rapidly. Sales of eReaders are tripling every year, and competition between the available readers is stepping up. The impending sales battle between the new Kindle Fire and the Noble Nook Colour is attraction attention, meanwhile the price of eReaders―industry leaders as well as generic brands and android devices―has dropped significantly, making them accessible to a broader range of consumer. Sales...

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So what if I think in emoticons?

I’m beginning to think I may be spending a tad too much time at the computer. It’s true as a writer, for much of my day I am staring at my computer screen. This in itself is not the problem. It’s also true that when I am not writing, most of the people with whom I interact are sitting at their computers as well. Somewhere...

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Reviling reviews

I’m reviewing books at the moment. It’s a challenge. Not because I don’t know how write a review, but because before I even sit down to read the book, I have to figure out whether I am the best person to write it. Those who know me personally will know that I am a fairly straightforward person. I say what I think. In fact, sometimes...

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eAuthoring pays

I got the first royalty cheque for my novel today. It’s very exciting. Well, it’s not exactly a cheque, and I don’t actually physically have it yet, but I know it’s coming. At least that’s what the sales report from Smashwords tells me.  I published Fake Profile as an eBook at the end of June and the sales report was for the month of July....