Crime Scene

Reader question: How much violence should writers portray in their books?

Every month, I ask my readers a different book-related question, and I get some excellent responses. In this article, you can read the responses that I got to the following question: How much violence should writers portray in their books?  Is graphic violence ever justified in a book or should it be left to the…

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Vellum

How To Use Vellum On A PC

Vellum is a great software allowing self-published authors to create beautiful EPUB, MOBI & PDF book files, but it’s only available for Macs. Using this simple-to-follow technique, you can now use Vellum on a PC …

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The Novel Factory

How and Why I Use The Novel Factory To Plot My Books

  I have never made any attempt to hide my love of The Novel Factory Software. I took the 7-day free trial and didn’t even bother waiting until the end of the week to upgrade. I saw it, loved it and now use it for every book that I write. I have just completed a…

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Typewriter

Why Scrivener Is An Essential Writing Tool For All Authors

When I wrote my first fiction trilogy, I drafted the entire manuscript in Google Drive. Now that worked very well when I was in first-draft mode, but when I had to pass it on for proof-reading and then begin to format for Kindle and all of the other outlets, I quickly began to regret it.…

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Radio

How To Get An Interview For Your Business On BBC Local Radio

(Works for other radio stations too!) I spent 20 years of my working life at the BBC, all of it in local radio, so I know a thing or two from the BBC’s point of view about what they’re looking for in a good interviewee. The good news is that as a business owner there…

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