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  • Write as Rain: 12 Quotations about Precipitation  by Jessica Barrah

    Write as Rain: 12 Quotations about Precipitation by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-20

    “I am in love with moistness” muses the narrator of The Mill on the Floss. But for a lot of us, rain can be a pain – especially in the summer when our plans go ‘al fresco’. Rain may, however, be good for writers and not just because it forces us to stay indoors in a nice dry study. Plenty of writers have written about rain, as part of the plot, or to add atmosphere.

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  • 10 Procrastination-Busting Quotations by Jessica Barrah

    10 Procrastination-Busting Quotations by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-02

    You’ve scheduled time to write. But how can you possibly sit down at your desk when there are dishes to be washed? Or sock drawers to be organised? Or plants to be watered? We’ve all been there – and encouragingly, so have many successful artists and writers. If they can get through it, so can you!

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  • 8 Authors who were Late Bloomers by Jessica Barrah

    8 Authors who were Late Bloomers by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-02

    Unlike footballers, or Olympic athletes, writers don’t have to reach the peak of their success before hitting thirty. Many authors finally get published later in life, after years of rejection slips. Others don’t even start writing until their children have grown up, or they’ve retired. So, whatever age you are, as Frank McCourt said, “Keep scribbling! Something will happen.”

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  • 10 Secrets from Successful Self-Published Authors by Jessica Barrah

    10 Secrets from Successful Self-Published Authors by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-19

    For some authors, self-publishing is a stepping stone to getting traditionally published. For others, self-publishing is the medium they’ve chosen deliberately, giving them the control and creative freedom they crave. Here are some inspirational quotations from ten authors who started off self-publishing.

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  • Four Ways to Sell More Books by Jessica Barrah

    Four Ways to Sell More Books by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-10

    As a self-published author with a busy work and social life, how can you fit in the time to market your book? We show you the most efficient ways to increase book sales.

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  • 12 Unmissable Literary Festivals by Jessica Barrah

    12 Unmissable Literary Festivals by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-09

    It’s coming up to that time of year again… Yes, it’s festival season! Alongside interviews, talks, readings and book signings with a myriad of authors, these festivals often feature other attractions such as live music and comedy. There are festivals where you can camp, or ‘glamp’, as well as others where you just visit for the day, before returning to your cosy B&B.

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  • 10 Quotations About 'May' by Jessica Barrah

    10 Quotations About 'May' by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-04-26

    It’s nearly May, and we can just about begin to believe that summer might be coming soon. The blossom is out, even if the sun isn’t always shining. To celebrate, here are some inspirational quotations – not about pretty flowers and birdies tweeting – but about the possibilities of the word ‘may’ itself.

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  • How Books Can Change Your Life by Jessica Barrah

    How Books Can Change Your Life by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-04-25

    Books are powerful things. They can change your mood and help you view things from a totally different perspective. They can even change your life, inspiring you to make brave decisions about your relationships and career. So how can you choose the perfect book to match your mood, or to help you to break out of a negative situation?

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  • How to Design The Ideal Book Cover by Jessica Barrah

    How to Design The Ideal Book Cover by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-04-18

    We’ve often written about the importance of eye-catching cover designs – something that really shows what your book’s all about in one glance. Brian Jens of Designcontest.com explains general rules to keep in mind when designing the best possible cover for your book.

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  • How to Be A Better Writer - Tips from Shakespeare by Jessica Barrah

    How to Be A Better Writer - Tips from Shakespeare by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-04-12

    This month marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Around the world there are festivals, events and projects to celebrate and commemorate his life and works. We’ve brought together five of his quotations as tips for writers.

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