Review: Business for Authors, by Joanna Penn

October 6, 2014

Back in early 2011, I made the decision to self-publish my novel Lycopolis – and that was largely inspired by Joanna Penn, who was then bringing out her first novel Pentecost. Fast forward three and a half years, and Joanna has now published five full length novels, two novellas, and a short story series – […]

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Are Your Writing Dreams Unrealistic?

August 15, 2014

(Image from Flickr by Lennixx.) Sometimes, I get emails like this: I enjoyed your blog post on making money from your writing. I’d love to make a living writing but I don’t know if that’s unrealistic. I can tell you now … it’s not. I make a living writing, and I know lots of other […]

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Super Summer Sale on the Blogger’s Guide Four-Pack (Time-Limited)

August 7, 2014

I’m celebrating six years (!) since I quit my day job and became a full-time writer/blogger. So, until Tuesday 12th August, you can get all four of my Blogger’s Guides for just $33. (They normally cost $29 each, or $66 for four.) Sounds like just what you need? Head on over to the Blogger’s Guide […]

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How Do Readers Choose YOUR Book From a Million Other Choices? The Story of a Book Purchase

July 25, 2014

It’s Friday 20th June, and I’m going to the Winchester Writers’ Conference. I’m due to head off for a train in less than an hour and I’ve not finished packing. I want something to read on my Kindle Fire. I don’t have much time, so I don’t browse book blogs or ask on Twitter for […]

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Stuck in a Writing Rut? Get Back On Track With My (Free) Seven-Week Ecourse

July 10, 2014

If you’ve been an Aliventures reader for a while, you might remember the On Track ecourse I launched back in 2011. It was one of my favourite projects, and over the past couple of years, it’s only been available to members of Writers’ Huddle, because a couple of other projects (Kitty and the bump) have been […]

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Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

July 2, 2014

Image from Flickr by nic519. Have you ever thought about – or daydreamed about – turning your writing into a career? Perhaps you’ve already made some progress (buying a website domain, submitting some pieces), or perhaps it still feels like more of a dream than a plan. The good news is that it’s probably not […]

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Another Baby On the Way (And What This Means for Aliventures)

June 5, 2014

Well, the title and photo probably gave the news away. My husband Paul and I are expecting our second baby in December, a little brother or sister to Kitty (who turned one in March). This is really exciting for us; right from the start, we wanted to have two children close together, and we’re thrilled that everything […]

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Why Writers Should Fear Obscurity, Not Piracy

May 22, 2014

Image from Flickr by pasukaru76. There’s one question that seems to crop up more than any other in my email inbox, and when I’m talking about self-publishing. And that’s: How do I stop people stealing my book? A lot of new indie authors are worried that publishing in digital format means it’ll be far too easy […]

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Memoir: Truth or Fiction? [Guest Post]

May 6, 2014

This is a guest post by Tracy Wilson. Tracy and I have been friends for several years (she’s one of Kitty’s godmothers, too) and I asked her to write a post for Aliventures about memoir … something that I don’t have any experience with, but that I know a number of Aliventures readers are interested […]

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17 Ways to Make the Most of Your Writing Time – Even When It’s Limited

April 7, 2014

Image from Flickr by waferboard. Do you have as much time as you want to write? Probably not. (If you’re in the position of having plenty of time but somehow not getting much writing done, don’t feel bad — that happens too. Hopefully some of these tips will help you as well.) Very, very few […]

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