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Derek Haines
Works at Australian Author, ESL English Teacher and Blogger.
Attended University of Cambridge
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How To Use Medium To Promote Your Author Brand

Medium can be used to promote your author brand and books by connecting with a dedicated reading community that appreciates well-written articles.
What is Medium? Medium is a site where you can share your writing with more sophisticated and dedicated readers than you might find on other social media platforms. If you like, it is a little like Twitter in its ease of connecting with users, but for long-form writing. I have been using Medium for some months now, and my general impression
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If You Can't Link, You Can't Promote Your Books

Using page links is a basic computer skill all authors need to master. Learn how to copy URL addresses and make short links to promote your books.
Internet links are addresses, so you need to get them right to promote your books. All authors need to use Internet page addresses to promote their books, blogs, websites, social media accounts and promotions. However, many find the task difficult and fail to take advantage of what is, in fact, a very simple computer skill. Let's
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Warning - Never, Never Write When You Are Drunk

Let this short text be a warning to all writers who may think that writing drunk can be worthwhile. To edit sober would not even save this short story.
Let the following be a warning to all writers of the perils of writing while inebriated. The Last Chance Motel Old King Cole was a merry old soul when I caught up with him after an afternoon in a cheap motel with Little Bo Peep minus her sheep. Although he had to rush back to
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Is There A Link Between Depression And Creativity?

Creativity and depression are often linked, but why? Perhaps it is because being creative is one of the best ways to conquer the beast within.
Depression and creativity are almost collocated words Creativity has often been linked to depression or mood disorders. When I wrote a short post some time ago about Depression and Writing, I didn’t give much thought to the connection, as I was simply voicing in a light-hearted way, an episode from my own experience. However, due
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Do You Believe In Science Fiction?

Science fiction, or speculative fiction, is very often used as a vehicle to try to explain why we as humans are, well, quite so boneheaded.
Science fiction, or speculative fiction, is very often used as a vehicle to try to explain why we as humans are, well, quite so boneheaded. As hard as we try to understand reality, it is often so much easier, and less painful, to have our inexplicable realities and frailties wrapped in a sugary dose of
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Nine Bad Writing Habits That You Should Break

Great writers almost always have very good writing habits. Here are nine bad writing habits that your might want to avoid to become a better writer.
9 Daily Habits You Should Get Rid of to Become a Better Writer By Veronica Hunt How do you know what’s good or bad for you unless it leads to losses or depression hereafter? I call it the self-reflection time when a writer needs to analyze what has been done right or wrong for developing his
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11 Inspirational Writing Tips For New Writers

Eleven tips and tricks for new writers to help start the productive writing process and get your creativity down on paper. A must read for new writers.
For new writers, getting started is easier than you think By Richard Nolan Writing is all about inspiration. Of course, it is a matter of discipline to a certain point. However, most of the process requires inspiration. All the qualified writers with years of experience face the same thing: they feel stuck at a certain point having no ideas or
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Does Kickstarter Work For Independent Authors?

Crowdfunding is an alternative for self-publishing authors. Kickstarter has announced successful funding for publishing projects, but not all succeed.
Is crowdfunding, using sites such as Kickstarter a viable alternative for self-publishers? Crowdfunding is not top of mind for most self-publishing authors, who generally concentrate on Amazon KDP, Createspace, Lulu, Smashwords and Draft2Digital distribution to generate ebook and book sales. However, many authors are finding success through crowdfunding for publishing. Kickstarter has announced that over the
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The Ten Golden Rules Of Successful Book Writing

A tongue in cheek tutorial about the ten golden rules of successful book writing and publishing. A must have guide for all writers and authors.
For those of you who are either contemplating becoming an author of fiction or are writers who want to get to self-help book bestseller status super fast, I thought I would share with you what I believe to be the ten prime factors that are necessary for book writing and publishing success. Some of these
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On Depression And Writing

Does depression help writers write, or do writers develop depression from writing? Who knows, but the two words are often seen hand in hand. 
Is there a connection between depression and writing? The diagnosis Some years ago now, I clearly recall my doctor telling me that there was a definitive link between depression and writing. The only problem with his link was that he had no idea at all if writers became depressed through writing, or if depression miraculously manufactured
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A Drunken Meeting With A Very Dead Author

What resides at the bottom of a second bottle of Shiraz? A meeting with a dead author, of course. What a wonderful conversation it was. 
What resides at the bottom of a second bottle of Shiraz? I had the occasion, albeit under the very heavy influence of a bottle or two of an extremely pleasant Shiraz, to stumble upon a rather tall gentleman with an odd outlook on life. Well, odd in the fact that he was rumoured to be
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Amazon KDP Delivery Costs Can Eat At Your Royalty

Amazon KDP charges for Kindle ebook delivery by file size, so if your ebook has a lot of images, your KDP royalty will be reduced considerably.
Many authors are unaware that KDP charges for each Kindle ebook delivery, which reduces your royalty Hidden deep in Amazon KDP Terms and Conditions is a table of delivery charges for Kindle Ebook delivery. So deep in fact, that the breadcrumb to it looks like this: Kindle Direct Publishing > Legal > Kindle Direct Publishing >
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Australian Author, ESL English Teacher and Blogger.
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I can fix things that I break. Usually.
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Perth - Sydney - Melbourne - Jerusalem - Adelaide - Begnins - Geraldton - York
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Introduction

Derek Haines is an Australian author of a number of books, however, he spends most of his time blogging, making technology go wrong, and being a rather senior ESL English teacher.

Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his black Cocker Spaniel, he spends most of his time trying to make technology work again, after inadvertently breaking it. It's a painful process, yet such an effective self-study method to acquire new technology skills.

As a writer - I can change adroitly into the first person, and say that I love what I do and where I live, and also, that I am a Douglas Adams fanatic, bordering on a tragic. So much so, that by some spooky coincidence, my street address is 42. That’s better than just owning a few towels.

I also, quite like commas. The Oxford type or otherwise.

As an ESL teacher, I am a firm believer in the Direct Method, which means that I like my students to do all the hard work and not me. 

Most of all, I enjoy life and gladly take each breath as it comes. 

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I teach ESL English, blog too much, and have written some books.
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On Being Literary. When I was little I read, I read a lot. I didn't care what I was reading, so long as I could turn the pages and devou