15 Random Lessons I Learnt Publishing My First Indie Book

Having recently published my first indie book to bestseller status, I've realised that there are some lessons best learnt in theory and others in practice. From market research and the ideal publication schedule, to fielding financial questions and overcoming anxiety, I've decided to share 15 of the lessons I've recently …

5 Quick Tips for Writing Thrilling Fight Scenes

Fight scenes are common across a range of genres, from action, spy and thriller novels to fantasy and sci-fi. They're often a physical manifestation of the conflict that's driving your story – and they're great for keeping things exciting for readers. Whatever genre you write, knowing how to write an authentic, …

Ultimate Guide: Establishing An Author Newsletter

We've talked before about the importance of building your author platform. Mastering your online author presence is something all modern writers need to learn how to do – especially those who are self-published. An important part of that platform and online presence is an author newsletter. 'Wait a minute,' you're probably …

How To Master Setting In Your Novel

In our visual world of cinema and photography, setting often takes a back seat in novels. But even when constructed through words, visuals are a powerful story element. Whether creating a fantasy world from scratch or using the current world as your backdrop, it is important to work your setting …

Dos and Don’ts For Pitching Freelance Articles

There are many different types of freelance writing jobs. But perhaps the most common thing people think of when they hear the words 'freelance writer' is article or feature writing. Whether it's an online article, a feature in a magazine, or any other longer-form piece of writing, this type of …

Ultimate Guide: Why Indie Authors Need To Guest Blog

As an indie author, book marketing and promotion is entirely up to you. If you want to succeed, it's your responsibility to get the word out there about your books. Along with ARCs and book subscription boxes, guest blogging is another great marketing tool. Indie authors can gain much from building solid …