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Author branding and the latest Curly Gibson novella cover

In the brave not-quite-new world of indie publishing, authors are their own brands – whether they like it or not. Indie author pioneers like Konrath, and Eisler, and Howie are big enough to be brands in themselves, and because they’re among the first major wave of indie stars, that has become part of their brands. […]

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Writing before bed – teaching kids by co-writing an ebook

You probably read with your kids every night before bed. Most engaged parents do. My wife and I do too, but when we read a story that she had handed in at school, we decided to take a different approach. Some context: my daughter is eight-turning-nine-years-old, and she’s pretty smart, but she had handed in […]

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The best ebook tools I know of

Did you know that the ePub format is just a standard for packaging up web content in one file? Yes, it’s true. That’s why people say that an ePub file is really a website in a box. Sooo, HTML is the stuff that website are made from, so couldn’t you create ebooks with web tools? […]

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Cricket fiction: a niche within a niche

Yes, I’m a cricket tragic. Not in the tracksuit-wearing mold of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard (I hope), but I’m pretty rabid. And I like writing fiction, and reading crime fiction, so years ago I invented an alter-ego for myself that could mash all these predilections together. And so Ashley “Curly” Gibson was born. […]