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Perfect Clarity, for Bigger and Better Results

Colin Hunter | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

The latest interview in our series is with Jamie Smart, author of the business best seller, Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results. The book has been heralded as profound, not only by the business community at large, but by the individuals who embrace its philosophy.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Millionaire Author?

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

Many people think it's down to chance which books sell millions and which don't. Experience tells me otherwise. Too many authors dash off books, plonk them on Amazon, then wonder when they don't sell. Or they get a handful of rejections from publishers and moan about how 'difficult' it is to sell books these days.

Why Love Letters Belong on Paper

Sue Moorcroft | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moorcroft

In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.

Is Your Problem Actually a Solution?

Alice Grist | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

The cold weather that meant you had to change into a warmer coat, which then made you late. And who knows what this little delay in your schedule caused you to miss, maybe a bad bout of traffic, maybe an accident? Perhaps as the result of this you met a lady at the bus stop who you wouldn't usually see. Maybe she inspired you?

Creating Space to Be Inspired

Alice Grist | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Inspiration is a mythical beast isn't it! We can search for decades to find it, trolling our inner depths and taking on massive outward adventure. It can be as elusive as a once trodden upon grass snake. Then it hits. Right when you aren't looking for it.

Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Pokémon: A Parental Tale of Teenagers

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

My boys are sixteen, but I still think they are four. Last Friday morning, they were discussing cricket scores and 'A' level options and I kid you not, by 2AM the following morning, they had discovered sex and booze and rock 'n' roll, or whatever the equivalent of rock 'n' roll is nowadays.

Nigella, You Are Not Alone ...

Amanda Prowse | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

The government change in the definition of domestic violence, highlights the fact that abuse does not have to mean a punch or a kick, it can be a word or a measure of control - just as any victim will tell you, fear comes in all shapes and sizes.

Can You SEO Your Way to the Bestseller List?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Tech
Laxmi Hariharan

Chris McVeigh-- he runs FourFiftyOne a digital publishing consultancy as well as seoforbooks--said, "SEO is a huge opportunity for Indie authors to become discoverable" adding "it is not a discoverability but a visibility problem for many authors."

Matthew Tucker

Dan Brown: The Marmite Man Of Modern Literature

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Dan Brown has sold 200 million books in 52 languages, penned the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Peo...

Direct Publishing - A Real Game Changer

TJ Cooke | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
TJ Cooke

As Winston Churchill famously said, 'Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.' We may well be 'at the end of the beginning' of of a period of change in publishing trends. Amazon et al have now made their mark in the direct publishing world, and if they haven't yet caused the industry to sit up and take note, they surely soon will.

Author Profile: Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Coralie Colmez's idiosyncratic combination of Gallic good looks, quiet intellect, a warm, unassuming personality, and an ultra cool dress sense that veers between hipster and high fashion is magnetic.

No ORDINARY GRACE: The Stunning New Novel From NYT Bestseller William Kent Krueger

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

A really great book with a wonderful, pitch perfect voice. I very much recommend it.

Getting in the Flow for 2013

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves at this time of year. We think we'll be happy when we've sorted everything out - the new job, the DIY, paperwork, the new kitchen and so on.

Publishing: A Changing Industry

Samantha Shannon | Posted 17.12.2012 | Home
Samantha Shannon

One thing I've learned is that publishing is all about teamwork. It's not left up to the editors to make your book good: it's up to you. They're there to help you bring out the best in your writing, not force you into changing it.

ON... Why Do So Many People Get a Kick From Hurting Animals?

Martin Treanor | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

I usually like to keep this blog easy-going, to dispense my daily sights and sounds using my own 'special' brand of light-hearted drivel - humour some...

Dare to be an Indie Author?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Laxmi Hariharan

I am just back from The Literary Consultancy's (TLC) http://www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk/ revolutionary Writing in a Digital Age conference. Organise...

Will Self Saves Children After Roof Collapses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK

Writer Will Self is lucky to be alive after the roof of his house collapsed "with a tremendous roar while he was inside with his family. The journa...

The End of Everything as We Know It

Martin Treanor | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

With exactly seven months to go until the end of the world, I have got to thinking as to how it might manifest itself (I would've written this blog next month, when it was a round half year to go - but I'll be on a beach then, reading a book, with an umbrella-y drink in my hand, and thinking not a jot about universal destruction).

Prose Provocateurs: The Authors Who Scandalised Society

The Huffington Post UK | Becky Brewis | Posted 22.05.2012 | Home

Books have always raised hackles. When a young and relatively unknown William S. Burroughs locked horns with Scottish writers in a major debate at...

Rejection Letters: 25 Publishers Who Got It Very Wrong...

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home

J.K Rowling was famously rejected by a mighty 12 publishers before Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone was accepted by Bloomsbury - and even then...

The King's Mistress

Claudia Gold | Posted 18.06.2012 | Home
Claudia Gold

When she wrote her memoirs of her life as the most powerful courtier at Queen Anne's court, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough lamented that, "Women signify nothing unless they are the mistress of a prince or a first minister." Sarah may or may not have been Queen Anne's lover.

On... Buzzspeak - Or Where Has All the English Gone

Martin Treanor | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

Now, with regard to the grammar and spell-checker controls on my computer's software, although I'm somewhat reticent to use them (what with being an a...

Amanda Hocking - Author & Self-Publishing Phenomenon

Ben Falk | Posted 23.03.2012 | Home
Ben Falk

For anyone who's read about books in the last year, you'll know Amanda Hocking is something of a publishing phenomenon. And almost all off her own back. Hocking, a 27-year-old from Minnesota, has sold more than a million e-books by self-publishing via Amazon.

Computer Game Storytelling And The Man Who Wants To Do Good

John Fleming | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Fleming

Recently, BBC Radio 4's Today programme had a strange report on 'Bibliotherapy' and the psychologically-positive healing power of reading books. It so...

Man Booker Nominated Snowdrops: A.D. Miller's Debut Novel

Crane.tv | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Crane.tv

Miller claims that journalism and fiction are two different kinds of writing obviously, but the challenges remain pretty much the same for both disciplines. Adding that journalism is a very good training for writing fictions: according to him it makes a writer better and more efficient.