Miles Allen - Book Marketing series cover article

Book Marketing is the single greatest killer problem for new authors. You spend all that time on your book and believe the hard part’s done. Plenty of online sources will claim quick fixes and miracle Book Marketing tricks, but in the end they’re either fake solutions, or you need to put a great deal of Read More →

Red light zone for writers - what do you do.

The Struggle to Find Somewhere to Write Now don’t get me wrong, I love my family to bits, but writers have to go to a creative place inside their heads requiring isolation from distractions. And no matter how many times I try to explain why I turn into a deranged psycho when interrupted, they still have Read More →

Traditional vs Self-Publishing

The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing Running a self-publishing company since the dawn of the modern self-publishing era in 2010, I see much evolving so fast. It’s difficult to predict what changes will happen even over the next twelve months. The number of books published a month is rocketing on Amazon (now 204,000 in the last 30 Read More →

opening lines

“Come on in, the water’s tepid” Oblivious to new authors and a source of much anguish for experienced writers, opening lines are not only key to hooking readers, publishers and agents, but they create for the writer the substrate from which they sculpt their story. Few are done well… When writing my first book, it Read More →

Writing Themes

 What’s a Story Theme? Edmond Blackadder once said to the Queen of England (Queenie) in Blackadder II, “Without you Ma’am, life is like a broken pencil – pointless.” I can’t think of a better way to sum up the need for a theme in a story. Without one the story suffers from meandering, both for Read More →