Story time for authors working with book coaches

Should I trust a book coach to get my book published

Have you been invited by a charming book coach to help you get your book written and published?

Once upon a time not a million years ago I had a book marketing client called Miranda. She wrote romantic fiction and had been working with a Fairy Godmother Book Coach (FGBC).

Miranda had been paying the FGBC at least GBP £500 (USD nearly $790) per month over a period of well over a year: Miranda was inspired to write a trilogy of novels and of course this takes time. Mucho months at GBP £500 a hit. [Continue reading]

The Joy of Books this Christmas

The joy of books at Christmas

Why books are so joyful at Christmas

Please welcome Val Rainey, a published author of children’s books and other writing, from Alberta, Canada. She will be sharing her tips with us on how to write children’s books in 2015, so watch out for the new series starting soon. Over to Val … 

Cold and snowy winter nights are here again. What better excuse to curl up under a blanket in an over-sized chair by the fireplace and read? Naturally, one must have a hot chocolate or other ‘interesting’ warm drink within reach. [Continue reading]

The bad old days of The Corporate Brochure

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Once upon a time there was a piece of print called The Corporate Brochure. Although companies spent thousands upon thousands on these things mainly they were used by intended readers to absorb spilled coffee and prop up wobbly table legs. As pieces … [Continue reading]

The 12 social media days of Christmas

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It's high time we reexamine the lyrics to this lovely Christmas song given that the values of partridges in pear trees and even five golden rings have been substantially diminished in recent times. Hence my rewrite of the lyrics here: but please … [Continue reading]

Why I hate content

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There: that gave you a shock, n'est ce pas. I really, really hate content with a vengeance. Not because I hate "it." It's because I loathe the word, when it is used to represent the incredible talent, skill and value that "content" actually … [Continue reading]

Video: only when you have the luxury of time

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In our mad rush of information of today, do we really have time to absorb it from a video or audio program - when text is absorbed a lot faster? Don't for a moment think I'm going to berate the use of video for business and other online … [Continue reading]