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Jane Steen
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Very nice and simple - just what I needed. Thanks!

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#EthicalAuthor : The perils of pseudonyms
It’s funny, but when you start writing about author ethics the book world provides you with concrete examples with startling regularity. Today’s post is about this revelation on the hugely popular romance fiction blog Dear Author, by one of the blog’s found...

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#EthicalAuthor : intelligent discourse, outrage and your author storefront
The opportunities to (over)react are legion This post isn’t, strictly speaking, about ethics but in my opinion it belongs under the #EthicalAuthor banner. It’s about how you, the author, responded to that news item/blog post/Facebook status/tweet that just ...

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Marketing lessons from the street
I’m not, on the whole, great at getting on with marketing, as I said a couple of weeks ago. I’m pretty sure this has more to do with my reluctance to just get started rather than any lack of ability—I’ve had several jobs that involve marketing skills and ha...

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Death and rebirth of a blogger
I began this blog on January 1, 2009, in the way many neophytes do: I signed up for a Blogger account, grabbed a theme (it was green) and wrote a post. At the time the longest thing I’d ever written was my master’s thesis, and if you’d told me that six year...

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How I'm learning to love marketing
Biting the lemon... I hate marketing. There, I’ve said it. Actually, I typed “I hate marketing” into Google and found I’m not the only one. Why do I love to write, am deeply motivated to get my writing in front of as many readers as possible, and yet am rel...

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Counter-intuitive productivity boosts for my (and your) writing life
Every so often I return to the topic of productivity, because like most writers I never feel I’m productive enough. I know that the most successful indie writers—those who make a full-time living from their writing—have an unbelievable work ethic, producing...

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#EthicalAuthor discussion: reviewing other people's books
Photo credit: Michael Leach on FreeImages.com One question I’m always coming up against is whether, once you make the transition from just-reader to author-who-reads, you should continue reviewing other people’s books. I’ve seen many different answers to th...

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Jane Steen commented on a post on Blogger.
In answer to Rachel Robins, what I meant was that if you have an education, something to write with, a little time--even if it's around the edges of a day job--to write in, and enough protein in your diet to keep your brain functioning, you're privileged. Many people don't have those things. Even having a day job that allows you enough energy to write is a bonus. I'm not talking about writers getting paid--of course we don't get paid! The very idea :D

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#EthicalAuthor case study 1: Reviewers, be nicer to me
Every few weeks (sometimes, every few days) the internet hands me a reminder of why I started talking about ethics in the first place. Today’s example is pretty typical of a blog post I’ve seen more times than I can count. Here’s the link , although I’m not...
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