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Writing books for a living is a tough sale.

Writing books for a living is a tough sale.

 The old article reproduced below is one I wrote a couple of years ago. But I feel it is worth repeating simply because so many aspiring authors continue to ask me about self-publishing. A traditional publisher can receive up to 5,000 unrequested...

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I Lost the Manuscript

I Lost the Manuscript

Writing a memoir is a challenging project. One that members of my family and a few friends have hinted at recently: to start putting pen to paper, before I lose the plot. Mainly, I suppose, because of my background and the many ups and downs I have...

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Time Travel Books

Time Travel Books

Ben Fox, the founder of www.shepherd.com has launched a highly stimulating new website for authors and booklovers. One that is growing rapidly every day and, he believes, will soon come to rival Goodreads! It’s free to join, and with the launch of...

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A Literary Discovery

A Literary Discovery

In the preface to an early book of mine An Unexpected Diagnosis, still available as an eBook on Amazon - I tell of the Irish storytelling tradition that stretches all the way back to the time of the ancient Gaelic storytellers. The Seanchai’...

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Newgrange in Ireland

Newgrange in Ireland

During my researches into ancient cultures for The Timecrack Adventures, one of the places I visited was Newgrange. It’s a Stone Age, Neolithic, monument found in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, in Southern Ireland. Built over 5,000 years ago in...

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What is Vanity Publishing?

What is Vanity Publishing?

I’m reminded by someone who is considering the self-publishing route to get their book published, that they have heard ‘vanity publishing’ is still seen by some as a way for ‘failed’ authors to get their manuscripts into print. Having spent months,...

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