For writers: on the web this week - 27 June 2015


My 20 Top Tips On Self-Publishing At Winchester Writers’ Festival
Debbie Young
“After my guest lecture about self-publishing [at Winchester University] in January, I was invited to give a quick-fire talk on the same subject as part of its prestigious Winchester Writers’ Festival. [...] For my lecture, I rattled off 20 Top Tips about how to self-publish to a professional standard. To save delegates having to write them down, so they could listen instead, I promised I’d share the points on my author website here today, so here goes.”

New Writing Project Celebrates Bookshops – Call for Entries
Debbie Young for ALLi
“What writer doesn’t love bookshops, or hasn’t been influenced or inspired by visiting bricks-and-mortar bookstores from an early age? Independent Booksellers’ Week in the UK seems a good time to announce that as part of ALLi’s #Authors4Bookstores campaign, we’re planning two new writing projects that will celebrate bricks-and-mortar booksellers, and we’re inviting ALLi members to take part.”


The 4 Hidden Dangers Of Writing Groups
Jennie Nash for Jane Friedman
“Writers love the idea of writing groups. Writing is, after all, a very lonely pursuit. You sit alone in a room wrestling your ideas onto the page, struggling to fend off the constant attacks of doubt. Your regular friends probably don’t quite get what you are doing and can’t help. So it makes perfect sense to join other writers who can help you navigate the joys and sorrows of the creative process. / Unfortunately, the reality of writing groups is far more complicated than that. Underneath the good intentions there are serious dangers lurking.”


21 Ways To Sustain Independent Bookshops
Debbie Young for ALLi
Debbie Young seems to be featuring somewhat in my round-up this week, but it's because she's had some excellent things to say. Here's some more. “It’s all too easy for indie authors to assume that independent bookstores and bookshops aren’t interested in self-published books, that it’s not worth building up a relationship with them, or that it’s simply too difficult. Not true! To mark Independent Booksellers’ Week, here are 21 ways to support your local independent bookshop – and most of them won’t cost you a penny. The more of these you do, the better friends you will become with your local bricks-and-mortar store, and the more likely they will be to stock your books.”

Book covers

Designing Brilliant Book Covers
Barrington Stoke Publishers
“You probably know the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. It’s not really about books at all, of course – it’s about first impressions. But the cover is most readers’ first impression of a book and so it is the publisher’s main weapon in marketing terms. A good cover design calls out to readers from the screen or the shelf. It offers visual cues to spark curiosity, and – hopefully – makes the reader want to pick the book up and dive right in.”

Social media

Pinterest: 6 Top Tips for Pinterest for Self-publishing Authors
Lorna Sixsmith for ALLi
“If you’ve assumed that Pinterest is best left to designers, artists, and chefs, think again! Indie author and social media trainer Lorna Sixsmith provides six great ways for writers to use this highly visual social medium to raise the profile of their books and to gain inspiration for their writing.”

Creating A Slideshow On Your [WordPress] Blog
Rosie Amber
“Today I’m passing on a tip about creating a slideshow on your WordPress blog. This can create a new dimension to a post. / It can be inserted into a post or set up with a widget on your side bar.”


Writing About Guns: 10 Errors To Avoid In Your Novel
Benjamin Sobieck for Jane Friedman
“You’ll find common myths and misconceptions about weapons in thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction. These tropes are easy to trip over, so avoiding them will help your credibility.”


Will We Ever Be Able To Trust Online Reviews?
Porter Anderson for the Thought Catalog
"Fake reviews are still rife."



Over to You – Comment and Share!

  • Lorna says:

    Interesting articles as always. The one on the writing groups was particularly thought provoking and I agree, I can see the sense in determining the goals and the reasons for the writing group.

    28 Jun 2015 12:05:45

  • Clare says:

    Thanks, Lorna. Yes, certainly some interesting points made in the article on writing groups. I guess if you live in a city you could try several to find the right fit, but if you live in a smaller town or a rural area you might be hard pressed to find one that you can gel with. I’m not sure whether an online group would be better or worse really. I think I’d prefer to be face-to-face with people.

    30 Jun 2015 21:33:20

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