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Gary McLaren
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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Where Are The Most Exotic Writer’s Retreats in the World?

Do you ever feel like running away to write? Wouldn’t it be fun to escape from it all, and simply have some good, quality time to write?

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Where are the most exotic writer's retreats in the world? Check out these writing retreats at a variety of beautiful and exotic locations.
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+Walter Mason Good for you! I'm sure that will be a great trip.
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"If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes." ~ Mickey Spillane

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New Zealand Book Awards Return With Major Fiction Prize

After a 12-month hiatus NZ's premier book awards are returning with a new structure, new judging process and an annual fiction prize of $50,000.

The winners will be announced at an event during the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2016.

The call for entries is scheduled for 1st August 2015.

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After a 12-month hiatus, the country's premier book awards will return in 2016 with a new structure, a new judging process and a significant, annual fiction prize of $50000. The New Zealand Book Awards winners will be announced at an event during the country's largest literary gathering – the ...
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1,671 Visitors and Counting

A big thank you to everyone who has visited my new blog Writers Unplugged today.  1,671 readers have visited over the past 6 hours.  I am humbled.

Thank you also to everyone who has emailed me questions and messages of support. I am trying to work through the many emails and reply to each of you individually.

Although I didn't have a comments section on today's opening page there will be a place to comment on all future posts. I appreciate your feedback and engagement!
Welcome to Writers Unplugged. This blog is all about being a writer. It's about writing and publishing and all the related things we love to do as writers.
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Facebook Wants a Cut of eBook Sales on Its Social Network

+Nate Hoffelder posts about Facebook's new move with shops within Facebook pages. He writes, "Authors and publishers have been selling books on Facebook for over six years now by setting up shops with 3rd-party services, and now Facebook wants to get into the act." ...

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Authors and publishers have been selling books on Facebook for over six years now by setting up shops with 3rd-party services, and now Facebook wants to get into the act. Buzzfeed reports that Facebook has finally woken up to the idea that commerce is possible any place where people congregate: The company is building out shops... Read More »
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Writing Blog Roundup for 1 August 2015

In this blog roundup I have a selection of posts covering topics that include ghostwriting, productivity, double standards at a big publishing company, Asian writing, Facebook, and more. 

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In this first writing blog roundup I have a selection of the best posts on writing and publishing that I have read over the last couple of weeks.
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15 Compelling Reasons to be a Writer

Why do you write? Is it for fame or fortune or do you write for another reason? Here is a list of 15 compelling reasons and motivations for being a writer.

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Why do writers write? Is it for fame or fortune or do they write for some other reason? Here is a list of 15 compelling reasons to be a writer.
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+Gary McLaren , Thanks for sharing. I write to feel alive whenever I want and for teaching because it's my job. In either case, it's a pleasant moment.
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"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good." ~ William Faulkner

There are 21 famous quotes on getting started at:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/21-writing-quotes-on-getting-started/

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21 Writing Quotes on Getting Started

There is something very special about new beginnings. Is there any book or project you would like to complete but for some reason you haven’t started? The most difficult step is often the first one. 

With that in mind here are my favorite writing quotes on the subject of “getting started” from some famous authors.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/21-writing-quotes-on-getting-started/

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Here are some of our favorite writing quotes on "getting started" from some well-known authors. Please add your favorite writing quotations below.
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On Writing and Cake

Someone very creative put a lot of time into this. Very well done! 
 
Write and then celebrate by eating some of this awesome typewriter cake! #writing #writers #cake #funfood
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Good Morning

I was ready to start my writing this morning when I looked out of the window and saw what a great day it was. So a short bike ride later I was throwing a line in the water here, then it was back into the work.

It's winter here in New Zealand so we have to grab these moments whenever we can.

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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
  • blogging tips 
  • 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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Auckland, New Zealand
Previously
Christchurch, New Zealand - Hong Kong - Singapore - Cebu, Philippines - Dunedin, New Zealand - Hyderabad, India