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Does size matter in the book industry?
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The book industry is undergoing changes like never before. It’s a brave new world for first-time authors who are finding more and more opportunities to put their work out there for all to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cammy May Hunnicutt Aug 17, 2012.

How do we come up with names for fictional characters?
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If you think about it, the average novel will introduce about 20 or 30 different characters – from the hero or heroine (and their closest friends/family) right through to all the people they need to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Jul 24, 2012.

Book writing – how far does author research need to go?
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It is self-evident that the more an author puts into a story, the more a reader will get out of it. Solid research will underpin the credibility of what lies between the covers of a book but and help…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Francesco Jul 18, 2012.

Do readers judge a book by its cover?
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There’s a lot of research evidence out there to support the notion that more than 75% of book sales are earned by the quality of their covers. It’s easy to understand that a strong title and graphics…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Embrack Jul 13, 2012.


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About Me:
Joe's first novel 'Someone Has To Pay' is an action thriller inspired by the IRA 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland. It's available at Amazon and Smashwords. His second book 'Absence of Rules' which also features counter-terrorism agent, Mike Devon, is in the pipelne and should be ready for publication in December 2011. Joe is a former journalist who reported first hand the events in Northern Ireland throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, firstly as Editor of a weekly newspaper, and then as a partner in an agency supplying copy to national newspapers and broadcasters. He switched careers to help provide advice and support to budding entrepreneurs in his native town and became its full-time CEO. He also managed a national business start-up programme for entrepreneurs with delivery agencies in 40 locations across Northern Ireland. He retired to concentrate on his long-time ambition to be a full-time writer.
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Books And Authors I Like:
The Matt Hilton 'Joe Hunter' series
The Lee Child 'Jack Reacher' series
The Vince Flynn 'Mitch Rapp' series
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Bourne series
Boardwalk Empire

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The Book Olympics – writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint.

With the London Olympic Games just around the corner there are analogies aplenty to describe the processes by which authors get a book ready for the finishing line.

Let’s for a moment overlook the obvious comparison of marathon versus sprint, ignore the temptation to talk about hurdles to be overcome, and skip the image of taking the plunge. The preparation needed to be a Book Olympian (an Author with a completed work) is every bit as dedicated as athletes who cloister…


Posted on July 24, 2012 at 2:22am

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