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K-lytics: data for authors

K-lytics: data for authors

The sad fact is that books don't sell themselves! Did you know that there are over 400,000 books in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category alone on Amazon? And that this is growing by around 20% per year?  That's 220 new books published in that category every...

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a book to read, be amazed by and then to evaluate in the light of the time that has passed since. The broad thrust of Gladwell's argument seems to be supported, but some of the detail might be controversial. Some of the aspects of society that he brings up are...

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear

This is one of those books that, if implemented, could change your life. I'm not going to say too much about it here, except that it has the best opening page of any book I've ever read. And then continues with a fascinating description of how Clear came to understand...

Novlr – novel writing software

Novlr – novel writing software

I think we owe it to ourselves as writers to test as many writing tools as possible until we find the one that works best for us. I've been through a long list that includes Word, Google Docs, Storyshop and Scrivener with brief tests of many others. I still use Word...

The Ten Minute Author: Writing books a word at a time

The Ten Minute Author: Writing books a word at a time

It was January 19th 2017 and I was sitting in the car waiting for my wife to come out of a hospital appointment. I was reading on my Kindle to while away the hour or so. I'd heard about this particular book on a podcast (I remember the book, but not which podcast it...

2019 Author Roundup

2019 Author Roundup

2019 was my most productive year in every way, most importantly in the number of new novels published. Some of the words written in 2019 will be published in 2020, but then the first two novels of 2019 were written the year before so it's a case of swings and...

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise

This book changed my life - since reading it, my mini habit has seen me write for over 1,000 consecutive days. Kev. ***A Worldwide Bestseller in 17 Languages!*** Lasting Change For Early Quitters, Burnouts, The Unmotivated, And Everyone Else Too When I decided to...

Makepeace and Grimes

Makepeace and Grimes

A new direction You know, every now and again, an idea occurs that is too good to be left until later. I’d just finished the fourth book in the Robot Empire series (Sledgehammer) and was organising a group promotion for some author friends who write historical...

Author Productivity – how to write when you work full time

Author Productivity – how to write when you work full time

I work for myself and could easily fill every waking hour with tasks related to those businesses. In fact, after completing 50,000 words during Camp NaNoWriMo in 2016, I allowed myself to put my writing on the back burner and wrote almost nothing for five months. The...

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