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Amazon Book Reviews – “Allowed” and “Not Allowed”

Editorial Reviews for Hugh Howey's "Wool"

There still seems to be some confusion around what Amazon calls its Editorial Review section. Despite there being very strong evidence that it is a good idea to have editorial reviews for your book, authors are still, yes, still, muddling these up with the dreaded “paid” review. As COO of one of the major services delivering editorial reviews and mailout ... Read More »

Why We Write About 9/11

9-11 in Fiction

It was a balmy day in September. I was in London, working in a digital studio, churning out tabards and display signs on Photoshop for conferences. Standing next to me was a woman who was flying out that afternoon to present a new credit card to her colleagues at Morgan Stanley in New York, based in the South Tower of ... Read More »

SPR Awards 2016 Open For Submissions!


It’s time for our international book awards to kick off again! This year the prizes have got bigger and better with the first prize giving you over $2000 of book promotion, so we hope to see some strong competition! In its third year, the SPR Awards has been an exciting and diverse competition, with exposure for authors to thousands of ... Read More »

Promoting Your Book 101: Google vs Amazon vs Facebook vs Twitter

Promoting your book 101

Often we are faced with a daunting task of promoting our books. But how? What is the difference between promoting on Google and Amazon? Why does it matter what sort of promotion you do as an author? Lately I have been surprised by the amount of clients missing the basics. Here’s a quick guide to fill in some gaps in ... Read More »

Mostly, It’s Not a Choice – Indie Authorship

Indie Publishing - Not a Choice

There are many articles that start “What should you choose: traditional or self-publishing?” This gives the wrong impression to writers. Why? Because it gives the impression that as an author you have the choice to be published by a publishing house if you like! You probably don’t, and it’s high time this author forum myth is put to bed. If ... Read More »

How To Get Your Book Turned Into A Movie

Book To Movie

Getting a book turned into a movie is not easy. In fact, it’s nearly impossible. Here’s the skinny, with input from our Hollywood contacts. Ask yourself: Is your book going to make a good movie? The answer is probably “no.” Books are a completely different discipline to a movie script, in that they have “interior voice,” and this is where ... Read More »

Tips From A Brit For Fictional British Characters

Johnny Depp as Mordecai

Cate Baum, born in Cambridge, England, breaks down some myths about Brits. It seems that British characters in fiction written from an American point of view have two forms: one, a James bond-style hunk with connections to monarchy or aristocracy, or a downright villain. As kids in England, my sister and I used to joke that if there was an ... Read More »