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Love those links

Another project for self. Compile the ultimate list of epublishing links. I'm sorely tired of rummaging about my chaotic bookmarks, so I've gone back to the beginning. Early days yet, but I've started with all my favourites.

Comments? Adds?

Eeeh, publishing, eh?

‘Nobody knows what sells. More so now because the market's changing so fundamentally because of Kindle and electronic publishing. With literary production, it's going to change the sorts of stories that we hear, which is amazing.’And a juicy stat. There were 211,000 self-published books out last year, 50 per cent up on the previous year.Quotes from The Grauniad to lift your spirits on a Monday morning.

Tried 'em all

If you can’t write intelligently, write comedically. If you can’t write comedically, write offensively. These are the three kinds of stories people remember: ones that make them think, ones that make them laugh, and ones that piss them off.

Found this on Writerly Gold.

Epiphany vs e-piffle

I’m writing another book. Given that I’m a bit stuck on Chapter 7, with my anti-hero stuck in a water closet, I thought I’d start a blog instead of cleaning out the kitchen drawers. Besides, I wanted to share my epiphany.

For Christmas, I bought myself a Kindle, and it changed the way I looked at the written word, and I’ve looked at a lot over years, some of them my own.

Just for a laugh, I even published my first book, The Lost Orchid. Even sold some. Then, I slipped into the doldrums, still sending out my new manuscripts to regular agents and publishers, albeit via email.

Enough! After downloading the free e-book by Mark Coker of Smashwords, I am upping the ante on my personal reinvention. He likes authors! He salutes authors, especially the unpublished aspiring ones. I feel all warm and fuzzy, instead of cold and despairing.

So, at six o’clock last night, I skipped the Agatha Christie repeat on ITV and started up a blog in my own name, which is rather scary. The grand plan is to se…