phil williams

A misnomer: why successful self-publishing is the opposite of going it alone

This is a Guest Post by Phil Williams on how collaboration is key to successful self-publishing. Phil is a writer and English tutor based in Brighton. Outside his position as a Communications Manager for social support platform Mifinder, he blogs about copywriting, creative writing and the English language, and has self-published two novels and an advanced English grammar guide.

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BookMachine Members discount for Bloomsbury Book Club

It’s that time again, when we think about BookMachine Members (not that we ever stop thinking about you, of course!) and what events they might like going to. As always, Bloomsbury Book Club are BookMachine-friendly and are offering members 20% off events. If you’re a member just log-into the members dashboard to pick up your discount code.

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Kevin Duffy

On independent publishing and the North: Kevin Duffy interview

Kevin Duffy founded the independent publisher, Bluemoose Books, with his wife, Hetha, after re-mortgaging their house. He’s been involved in sales and marketing for the last 30 years with commercial, academic, fiction and non-fiction publishing companies. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him.

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How to create shareable Facebook posts

This is a Guest Post on using Facebook to promote books by social media genie, Frances Caballo. Frances was a reporter before turning her hand to PR and is now a social media strategist for authors.

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Getting A Book Adapted into a Hollywood Film: Howard Kaplan interview

Howard Kaplan is the author of four novels, three published and one to be released around the time the Damascus Cover film (starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt) will be in cinemas in early 2016. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him on the film adaptation.

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Editor and Publicist

An author event without the warm white wine and crisps

This is a Guest Post by Sam Eades. Sam spent eight years as a publicist working for Transworld, Headline and Pan Macmillan on authors including Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Jessie Burton and Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). She is now Senior Commissioning Editor & Associate Publicist at Orion Fiction. Here she discusses the current health of book tours and the new and exciting ideas being implemented to keep author events successful.

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Fake Reviewers

1000 Fake Reviewers: What does publishing’s underbelly say about us?

Once again the practice of faking bad reviews has made the headlines, but this time Amazon is the good guy. The online book retailer has announced that it will sue 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in a lawsuit filed in Seattle, Washington. The reviewers, dubbed “John Does” as Amazon does not yet know their real names, have been selling their services on the internet out-sourcing site, promising five-star reviews for as little as $5 (about £3.24).

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Sabuhi Gard

On crowdfunding your way to a publishing deal

This is a Guest Post by freelance writer and journalist, Sabuhi Gard. Here Sabuhi tells us about her experience crowdfunding for her debut children’s picture book, The Valentine’s Day Cat.

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