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Reader, Writer, Publisher ~ Wearing Three Hats Can Be Dangerous

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Do I really mean that being a reader/writer/publisher is dangerous? Well, when I look at the word history of dangerous, I see that it comes from roots that mean the power of a lord…

And, “lord” comes from roots that mean “one who guards the bread”…

So, yes, if you’re contemplating using your experience as a reader to power your writing as you promote your way toward self-publishing, you’re becoming the lord of the process and guarding that bread can become dangerous.…

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Competition – Win An Apple iPad Air Case from Acase!

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If you own an iPad Air (Gen 5) and would like to win this luxury cowhide case worth $30, enter our competition today – just leave a comment below!

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Acase Multifunction TipTop iPad Air Leather Case’s exterior protects the New iPad Air from bumps and drops This Ultra slim case (adds only 6 mm of total thickness) to your Apple iPad Air.

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Writing The Antihero (And Why So Many Authors Get It Wrong)


We all like to love a rogue – or even a criminal mind. But why is it so many self-published authors seem to just get the balance all wrong when it comes to writing an antihero?

The antihero[1] or antiheroine[2] is a leading character in a film, book or play who lacks some or all of the traditional heroic qualities,[3][4] such as altruism, idealism,[5] courage,[5] nobility,[6] fortitude,[7] and moral goodness.

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Creating Attention-Grabbing Children’s Stories in a Tech-Driven World


Nearly every child has heard, “Stop staring at that screen and go read a book!” Before TV, parents were probably saying something similar about the radio. And before that, well, marbles might have been a child’s object of obsession.

Today, however, children have such an enormous plethora of distractions — from the Internet to video games to smartphones and even social networks — that TV has become the least of parents’ problems when it comes to getting their kids to read.…

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The Dilemma of Dumbing It Down for e-Book Sales

Self-publishing a book can be a labor of love and for some of us, it’s what we live for. But why is it so many people now fancy themselves an author? And why is it that so many simple and frankly unreadable works are hitting the Amazon e-book charts?…

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