Written on Oct, 10, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

The English language is a funny old thing. There are often many different ways of doing the same thing but there are also many rules that we can use to make things easier. Ever wondered how to punctuate text when using brackets?  Tricky one yeh? OK, this is the short answer.  A full stop appears inside the brackets, if the bracket contains …

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Written on Jun, 13, 2019 by in , , , , | Leave a comment

OK, you’ve written a great book but no-one has bought it yet? How do you get people to see your work of art? Below are lots of simple, free ways to promote your book. Tweet about it Ask your readers to send in images of them with your book and then share them on social media Comment on threads in …

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Written on May, 16, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

You’re You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong. Examples: The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. (Expands to you are – correct) Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re …

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Written on Mar, 12, 2019 by in , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writers of Wales How many famous Welsh writers can you think of? Roald Dahl, Dylan Thomas, Catrin Collier? But who else I wonder? Well you’d probably be surprised to hear that one of the best-selling authors in the world was born in Cardiff.  Maybe you didn’t know that the writer of the world’s greatest national anthem (don’t even think of …

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Written on Feb, 08, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

The English language is a weird one alright. There are rules for this and rules for that but just when you think you’ve got to grips with them then the exceptions come! Grammar Tips For Verbs When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘worshipped/worshiped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. See below …

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Written on Feb, 05, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

How many people know that the world famous International Welsh Poetry Competition began life in a small, independent pub, tucked away down a quiet side street in Pontypridd? Founded by Welsh poet Dave Lewis in 2007 the contest has been run and organised from the town ever since, is now in its thirteenth year and is the biggest poetry competition …

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Written on Jan, 07, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

A short blog post this month but an important one. Should the seasons have capital letters? The simple answer is no.  They are common nouns, not proper nouns and should be written lowercase.  Unless they are incorporated in a name, e.g. ‘Summer Retreat’ or ‘Rocky Mountain Spring Hotel’. Examples: Where are you going this autumn? – Correct I’ve been skiing twice …

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Written on Dec, 16, 2018 by in , , | Leave a comment

Many famous writers, even those that have sold millions of books were rejected by traditional publishers at one time or another in their careers: HERMAN MELVILLE Moby-Dick, was turned down by multiple publishers. ERNEST HEMINGWAY The Sun Also Rises was rejected in 1925, by some idiot that wrote, “I found your efforts to be both tedious and offensive.” GEORGE ORWELL In 1944, …

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Most authors - independent, traditionally published, or otherwise – need a website.  You can have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, Instagram or LinkedIn profile but they aren’t really the same.  A good website can feature your writing, your various channels of engagement (social media, live appearances, readings etc.) – it’s basically your brand. And while it’s a good idea for all authors to have a website, …

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What really makes the difference between a successful self-publisher and one who fails? Well, it all really comes down to one simple factor… How many people see your book. The more that see it, the more that buy it. Now, most authors need to do an epic book launch to get the word out to as many people as possible. …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , , , | Leave a comment

Instagram: It seems that everyone is using it. It’s become a convenient platform for people to share themselves and their interests.  For poets it has become a fantastic medium for them to display their work as poetry is concise and gets instant feedback.  In this technological world it means that words can carry faster than the voice can project them. One of …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Do not rely solely on your spell-checker, as the following illustrates: I have a spelling chequer, It came with my pea sea, It plainly marks four my revue, Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key an type a word, And weight four it two say, Weather eye am wrong oar write, It shows me strait a weigh. …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

The word was popularised and begun in 1840 as a slogan of the O.K. Club, a Democratic party political club of the 1840s. It stands for Old Kinderhook, the nickname of President Martin Van Buren, from New York. It became popular to describe a member of this club as ‘an OK guy’ because the party was seen largely as a …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

These days, when talking of the Internet world, most users will use ‘online’ and this denotes the Internet concept. Way back, when these words were starting out, many forms were seen in written communications (online, on line and on-line); the difference between them (i.e. the use of the hyphen) is very important and applies to many other grammatical forms. It’s now …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to our website.  You have reached our blog post page where we hope to bring you interesting articles on writing, self publishing, marketing and other book-related information. We are also offering the opportunity for companies (and individuals) to post blog articles on our site.  If you would like to find out how to go about this just drop us …

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