Romantic fiction authors share their tips in issue 4 – available now in print or digital. Want to know how to blog your way to a bestseller, write sex scenes, pick your way through an agency agreement or what qualities … Read more
Author Archives: Jon Reed
As November eases into December, and NaNoWriMo ends in delivery or defeat, there’s a new seasonal online writing event to act as a mini come-down from the demands of bashing out a novel in a month. And you don’t need to write 50,000 words: you only need 140 characters. Read more
November can mean only one thing: it’s NaNoWriMo time!
Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, saving your writing marathon for another month – or against the whole idea – there’s something for you in this issue.
We have two bestselling authors who used NaNoWriMo: Elizabeth Haynes and Julia Crouch; plus bestselling indie author Linda Gillard, who challenges the idea that churning out verbiage for an entire month has to be a good thing. Writing coaches Tom Evans and Sarah Salway are here to boost your productivity, and Jon Reed looks at some digital tools to help you write. Read more
We’re all familiar with blog-to-book success stories. But what about blog-to-sitcom? Regular readers will remember Emily Benet. She won the 2010 Author Blog Award in the Published Author category, which was announced at the Publishing Talk tweetup at the London Book Fair. Her début book, Shop Girl Diaries, began as a weekly blog about working in her mum’s unusual chandelier shop. Read more
Are you on Pinterest yet? The latest social media phenomenon has crept up on many of us – yet the statistics show that pinning is winning. Pinterest is already the third most popular social network after Facebook and Twitter, according to a 2012 report by Experian. It has an estimated 13 million users. It is the fastest site ever to break through the 10 million unique US visitors mark according to comScore. And it now drives more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined, according to a Shareaholic study in January 2012. All of which is reason enough to take an interest in Pinterest. But what is it – and how can you use it as a publisher or an author? Read more
01 Why WordPress? Other blogging platforms are available – but WordPress is the one I always recommend: it is powerful, intuitive, extendable – and free. There are two versions: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. You need to be a bit techy to … Read more
The next Publishing Talk Guide is coming soon! And this one is all about the most essential starting point for your social media marketing: blogging. The ebook will explain how to use blogging to: build an online platform for yourself … Read more
In issue 02 of Publishing Talk Magazine Danuta Kean looks at the publishing phenomena that is Fifty Shades of Grey and asks: “Why?” Here’s a fun Infographic Friday look at the love-it-or-hate-it-it’s-still-the-#1-bestseller book. Have you read it? What did you … Read more
Issue 02 of Publishing Talk Magazine is all about having adventures – and writing about them! Who wouldn’t want to do that for a living?
In this issue, Carol Drinkwater offers her top tips for travel writing, Steven Lewis explains why travel writing is the ideal genre for self-publishing and Isabel Losada tells us about the exotic locations she writes in. Ben Hatch shares his adventures in the Twittersphere – and around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra – in our new Social Media Success Story feature.
Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK number one bestseller within three months of release. His three initial Jessica Daniel books sold over 250,000 copies in under six months, making him Amazon’s UK No.1 author for the final quarter of 2011, its biggest-ever sales period. Then he signed a six-book deal with Pan Macmillan. Jon Reed asks him how he did it. Read more