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The Golden Ticket: How much money can you make from publishing a book?

The Golden Ticket – How much money can you make from publishing a book

by Ameesha Smith-Green As an aspiring author, you might be wondering how much money you can potentially earn from writing […]

Should Authors Create and Narrate Their Own Audiobooks?

Should Authors Create and Narrate Their Own Audiobooks

by Ameesha Smith-Green In the last five years, audiobooks have grown in popularity, which is understandable when you consider the […]

5 Ways to Start Writing

5 Ways to Start Writing

by Shelby Jones The beginning is the hardest part—of anything. And you’re a writer, so putting your thoughts into action […]

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Should I Avoid Vanity Publishers?

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Should I Avoid Vanity Publishers

by Ameesha Smith-Green “Mirror mirror on the wall, whose book is fairest of them all?” The term “vanity publishing” certainly […]

How Can I Become a Better Writer?

How Can I Become a Better Writer

by Shelby Jones Writing can be a minefield and many would certainly prefer to traverse great fields of potential dynamite […]

Which Type of Publishing Do You Choose? The pros and cons of traditional publishing, self-publishing, vanity publishing, and hybrid publishing

Which Type of Publishing Do You Choose?

by Ameesha Smith-Green As an aspiring author, you’re faced with a difficult decision early on: do you seek a traditional […]

The 5 Biggest Mistakes That Nonfiction Authors Make… and They’re Not What You Think They Are

The 5 Biggest Mistakes That Authors Make

by Ameesha Smith-Green Having worked in and around the publishing industry for the past 12 years, I’ve seen a lot […]

What Is the Difference between Self-help and Self-improvement Books?

What Is the Difference between Self-Help and Self-Improvement Books

by Ameesha Smith-Green Even for those who love nonfiction, the terminology can sometimes get confusing. After all, there’s self-help, self-improvement, […]

Do You Really Need a Book Editor? Yes, and This Is Why

Do You Really Need a Book Editor? Yes, and This Is Why

by Hana Walker Imagine this: you’ve dedicated the past couple of years to working on a new book that you […]

How Do You Make a Self-Published Book Look Professional?

How Do You Make a Self-Published Book Look Professional

by Ameesha Smith-Green Self-publishing can be a fantastic thing. It gives any aspiring author the ability to publish a book […]

12 Hours in York: An indie book shopping and tea drinking heaven

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by Ameesha Smith-Green The pretty cathedral city of York is well-known for its black and white wooden buildings and confectionary, […]

Facing Our Literary History: Is “cancel culture” threatening the classics?

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by Beth Hutton The question of whether we can separate an artist from their work persists not only within the […]

Your 5-Step Guide on How to Become an Author in 2022

How to Become an Author in 2022

by Ameesha Smith-Green So, 2022 is the year you’re going to become an author, right? Whether you set a New […]

Reflections on 2021: A year of book launches, teamwork, and charity

2021 Reflections

by Ameesha Smith-Green 2021 was a year to forget for many reasons, but we also like to look back on […]

Physical Books vs. E-books: How is technology changing our reading habits?

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by Becky Tandy Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a friend about whether print or digital books are better. […]

Does a Million Social Media Followers Translate to a Million Book Sales?

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by Ameesha Smith-Green When it comes to pitching a manuscript to agents or publishers, having an author platform is seen […]

5 Winter Holiday Destinations for Book Lovers

5 Winter Holiday Destinations for Book Lovers

by Beth Hutton If you’re anything like me, then you’ll agree there’s nothing better than cosying up on the sofa […]

10 Best Gifts for Book Lovers (That Aren’t Just Books)

10 Best Gifts for Book Lovers (That Aren't Just Books)

by Hana Walker With the holiday season fast approaching, it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to find the perfect gifts […]