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Gary McLaren
Works at Altavado - helping authors with digital and indie publishing tips.
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A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers

You can now download a free copy of my book, "A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers". If you are trying to build your author platform through social media, then this guide will help you.

Get yours here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/social-media-for-writers/

A 47-page book in PDF format. 

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Free Giveaway for Freelance Writers: 27 Regional Writing Markets

There is a new giveaway ebook for subscribers to my freelance writing newsletter. You can check it out here: http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/newsletter/

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The Ultimate List of Gifts for Writers

What's the best gift to give a writer this year? I've compiled a list of 77 ideas here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/gifts-for-writers/

Give this short link to your family and friends: http://bit.ly/writergifts

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We've put together the ultimate list of gifts for writers this year.
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10 Things I Am Thankful For As A Writer

There's really so much to be thankful for. In this post, I reflect on 10 things I am thankful for as a writer.

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There's really so much to be thankful for. In this post, I reflect on 10 things I am thankful for as a writer.
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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

In March and April of 2011, storyboard artist Emma Coats shared a series of tweets containing the best storytelling tips she had picked up during her time working at Pixar. While Coats referred to these as Story Basics, as they circulated around the Internet, they became widely known as Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. They have since appeared in the New Yorker blog, BoingBoing and Wall Street Journal online.

Here for your reference are the 22 Rules of Storytelling:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/pixars-22-rules-of-storytelling/
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21 Inspirational Quotations for Novelists

With NaNoWriMo starting in a couple of week’s time, this is a great time to share these 21 quotations for novelists. Hopefully, you will find them to be inspirational as you prepare to work on your stories. 

http://www.writersunplugged.com/21-quotations-for-novelists/

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Inspiration at the Sydney Writers Walk

On a trip to Australia in 2010, I went for a stroll along the Sydney Writers Walk. I took my camera along, so I can share with you some of the pictures from that day.

The Writers Walk is a series of circular, metal plaques embedded along the walkway around Sydney’s Circular Quay, and just a stone’s throw from the Opera House. The walk features many well-known Australian writers and also some foreign writers who lived in or visited Australia, including D H Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.

There is a wealth of inspiration contained in these plaques… and no doubt much more in the original works of these authors.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/sydney-writers-walk/

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The Sydney Writers Walk is a series of circular, metal plaques embedded along the walkway around Sydney's Circular Quay.
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Worldwide Freelance Gets a Makeover

In 1999, I launched my first website for freelance writers, Worldwide Freelance Writer. It's hard to believe that it was 16 years ago!

We've had several designs throughout the life of this website, and our latest new look is now live.

Check it out here: http://www.WorldwideFreelance.com

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Top Tips from KDP Authors

In this post, you'll find a short series of 2-minute videos published by Kindle Direct Publishing. You’ll hear authors including Nick Spalding, Talli Roland, Mark Dawson, David Leadbetter, Paul Pilkington and Louise (L.J.) Ross provide tips on writing and independent publishing.

Check out the videos here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/top-tips-from-kdp-authors/

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In these brief videos from Kindle Direct Publishing, you'll discover some top tips from KDP authors, with advice on writing and independent publishing.
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What is Really Working in Amazon's Kindle Store?

One of the biggest challenges for indie authors today, is getting good data on what is really working and not working in Amazon’s Kindle Store.

Recently I came across a tool that takes a lot of the guesswork out of what’s working in the Kindle Store. I’ve put together a short 15-minute video so you can see it in action:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/kindlespy-what-is-really-working-in-the-kindle-store/
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Librarian Arrested in Russia, Accused of Allowing Access to Banned Ukrainian Books

The director of a Ukrainian-language library in Moscow was placed under house arrest on Monday by a Russian court that accused her of allowing public access to banned literature. 

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“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~ Stephen King

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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