Naturally, any author will be gratified if someone invites them to participate in an interview. Nevertheless, do these interviews really serve any purpose beside satisfying an interviewee’s narcissistic nature? If so, who will be interested? In answer to the first question most will agree these interviews do have a purpose, as will become evident in … More The Purpose of Author Interviews
Back in 2011-2012, when self-publishing was in its infancy, there was considerable interest in the new medium. Consequently, it was not difficult for new authors to gain attention for themselves and their books. Of course, the fact of it being a new product also meant there were fewer self-published books. Readers therefore had little difficulty … More Has Book Marketing become a Lottery?
How Do You Prefer to Read? In these innovative days when there are multiple technological devises available it has been inevitable many reader’s habits will change. Though the everlasting popularity of physical books does not appear to have diminished excessively, there is no denying the advent of smartphones, tablets and e-readers have had an impact. … More Survey – Preferred Reading Method(s)
Of course, it may be authors reading this will already have thought about writing short stories, nevertheless, there remain many who do not or have never considered the idea. This article will consider some of the benefits of the short story form. To prevent this becoming too unwieldy we will launch straight in. The following … More Why Authors Should Consider Short Stories
Naturally, anyone who delights in the written word; a good tale; or instructive dissertation will read many books throughout a year and perhaps more while on holiday. Whether the book has proven a pleasure or not, it is hoped (at least by authors and perhaps also other potential readers) the reader will leave a review. … More How To Rate a Book
This is for anyone who enjoys a true story. The following are some of the memoirs which have been reviewed in this website. This is not a complete list. The order in which these are shown implies no preference, it simply reflects the chronology of the memoir reviews, commencing with the earliest review date. A … More Memoir Short List
Undoubtedly responses to this question will be varied. Summer holidays are a period when people like to take a break from their normal run-of-the-mill daily lives, or at least that is the theory. The principal aim is to relax and have fun: with family, where they have one; with friends; or sometimes alone (‘Getting away … More Are Summer Holidays a Time to Promote Books?
The majority of independent authors cannot afford to pay for professional services consequently, they are obliged to undertake all aspects of book publication themselves. There is no denying for many this presents a challenge. Nevertheless, to have any hope of success, authors must accept the challenges. Proofreading their own work is one such challenge. Anyone … More 7 Proofread Steps
This is the third article in a short series looking at book front and back matter. What is a Preface? was the first and What is a Prologue? the second. Note: As previously stated elsewhere, this series came about because it was noted, from various comments and observations, principally in social media discussions, there appears … More What is an Epilogue?
Regular readers of and visitors to this website and the associate social media accounts will recall a recent survey regarding whether readers skip or read prologues. That was the first of what is expected to be a three part survey respecting book front and back matter. The ultimate intent is to provide authors (though readers … More Prologue v Preface – 100 Word Survey