Pre-Order Pointers

Sell your books before you’ve written them. Simon Whaley explores the business of pre-orders. Picture the scene: your readers have devoured your latest self-published book and want more. They go …

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Radio Waves

Talking to local radio can be a great way to publicise your book. Simon Whaley chats to two writers who’ve taken to the airwaves. I shall never forget the time …

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Taxing Writers

(NOTE: tax references detailed here are UK only and correct at time of writing (March 2022), and so are subject to change in the future.) It only seems like yesterday …

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The Price of Love

Roses are red, violets are blue, with love all around, why aren’t you writing romance, too? Mills and Boon publish over 700 books a year and claim that in the …

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BookBub Bonanza

With BookBub celebrating its tenth birthday in January 2022, Simon Whaley chats to three authors who use promotional email newsletter services to boost their writing business Launched in January 2012, …

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Pitch Perfect

Time is money, so submitting articles to magazines speculatively does not make business sense. Instead, professional writers pitch their ideas first. They approach an editor with their article idea, and …

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Mail Order Mogul

Napoleon may have called the British a nation of shopkeepers, but it was a young 19th century Welsh draper who turned the British into a nation of mail-order shoppers. On …

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Time Zones

Will the clocks going back an hour disrupt your writing schedule? Simon Whaley suggests this is the perfect time to review your time management. On Sunday 31st October, something magical …

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A Worldwide Presence

With so many social media channels, do writers still need a website? Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how their websites meet their needs. Twenty-seven years ago, on 13th …

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Covering Up

We might not judge a book by its cover, but we all jump to certain conclusions when we see one.  Book covers work hard. Not only must they convey the …

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