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Works at Altavado - helping authors with digital and indie publishing tips.
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Writers Unplugged Launch Video

Many of you know I've been working on a new project. I am now excited to announce the launch of a brand new blog, Writers Unplugged. Here is my launch video. 

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Very nice video and music
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Spring Arrives in NZ

It's finally Spring in New Zealand, although the weather isn't quite supporting that fact. I found these two lambs at One Tree Hill having some fun anyway.
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They are adorable..good post.
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2016 Writer's Market is Available

Do you want to get published in magazines and journals? Since 1921, Writer’s Market has been giving writers the information they need to knowledgeably approach a market. The 2016 editions of this excellent resource are now available.
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15 Famous Quotations on Writing Better

Here are 15 quotations on improving your craft from some masters of writing.

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You don't become a master craftsman overnight - it takes practice and hard work. Here are 15 quotations on writing better from some of the masters.
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Neat!
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Writing Blog Roundup for 17 August 2015

In this writing blog roundup I have a selection of the best posts on writing, publishing and book marketing from the past couple of weeks.

There are tips on using pen names and writing your book’s back-cover copy. The Business Book of the Year Longlist has been announced, plus find out what it’s like to work at Amazon. There is also some news on successful Kindlepreneurs, and +Joanna Penn  reveals the detail of how she earns a six-figure income as a writer.

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In this writing blog roundup I have a selection of the best posts on writing, publishing and book marketing from the past couple of weeks.
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Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Microsoft Word?

Recently I realized that I hardly ever use Microsoft Word now. This didn’t happen as the result of any particular decision or, as some might suspect, out of any dislike for Microsoft Corporation (love them or hate them they have provided us with some great writing and publishing tools over the years).

My Word software is now out-of-date and I'm struggling to justify upgrading it. With all the alternatives, is it time to say goodbye to Microsoft Word?

Read more >> http://www.writersunplugged.com/is-it-time-to-say-goodbye-to-microsoft-word/

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My Word software is out-of-date and I'm struggling to justify upgrading it. With all the alternatives, is it time to say goodbye to Microsoft Word?
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Please! don't upset me like this! Nope, not ever giving up Word. :)
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I'm all for authors charging as much as possible, within reason, for their books but you must keep in mind those laws of economics. Raise them too high at your peril.
 
The Wall Street Journal has noticed that one of the classic laws of economics, namely the inverse relationship between price and demand, has been playing out in the US ebook market over the past six months. It seems the agency contracts that the major publishers struck with Amazon really were as counterproductive as they appeared: When the world’s largest publishers struck e-book distribution deals with Amazon.com Inc. over the past several month...
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Amazon has an App for that. It will recommend a price which they think will bring in the most cash.
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7 Ways to Improve Your Odds for Bestselling Success

Indie authors selling millions of books. Who could have predicted that a few years ago? I bet there are some people looking at ebook sales figures and thinking that these bestselling indie authors owe their success to a lucky roll of the dice. They were in the right place at the right time. Well, I don’t believe that for one minute.

Read more: http://www.publishyourownebooks.com/7-ways-to-improve-the-odds/
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“Writing is an exercise in sculpture, chipping away at the rock until you find the nose.” ~ Stanley Elkin
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Which are the Best Email Service Providers for Writers?

If you are serious about building an audience online, then one of the essential components you need is an email mailing list. In this article, I compare three of the best email service providers: Aweber, GetResponse, and MailChimp.

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If you're serious about building an audience online then you need an email mailing list. In this post, I compare three of the best email service providers.
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This is an important piece of information for all Indi authors. All new authors should have one of these services.
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Don't be Afraid to Do What Your Instincts Tell You

I like this quote from Robert De Niro:
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+Brennan Young I suggest to watch some Federico Fellini movies. He is famous for use untrained actors in his movies.
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"Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down." ~ Ray Bradbury
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I think I will go try that lol
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Introduction
I am the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks', 'The Beginner's Guide to Ebooks' and more.

I blog about writing and self-publishing at GaryMcLaren.com and PublishYourOwnEbooks.com, freelance writing at WorldwideFreelance.com, and how to build your marketing platform at PlatformPundit.com.

WHAT I USUALLY share here on Google+
  • self-publishing advice
  • digital publishing tips
  • freelance writing resources
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  • content marketing tips
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I also love photography so occasionally I post one of my photos, typically revealing some of my beautiful surroundings here in New Zealand.
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Christchurch, New Zealand - Hong Kong - Singapore - Cebu, Philippines - Dunedin, New Zealand - Hyderabad, India