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Aston Bay Press: our very own publishing house

We’re very proud to announce that we’re finally starting up our very own imprint. It’s Aston Bay Press and it’s three days old. The interest and feedback we receive from everybody is nothing short of overwhelming.Booktrade and The Bookseller have … Continue reading

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The Bookseller Book Cover Design Conference

British Library, 23rd of June 2011 Since I am feverishly preparing to finally realise my lifetime dream and launch my own fiction imprint, I thought attending The Bookseller’s Cover Design Conference was a good reason to go to London for … Continue reading

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Self-publishers: Your book may be good. But can it be better?

Self-publishing your books can prove to be a great choice. It can bring you fame and money and even the satisfaction that you can beat something like an Orange Prize winner in charts (See Kindle bestseller chart: Catch your Death … Continue reading

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Difficult Manuscript Assessment

I have recently received a manuscript for assessment from a writer claiming that actually not him, but God Himself has dictated the book through his (the writer’s) voice. It’s now time for me to start assessing it, but it’s hard … Continue reading

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Are savvy Writers better at writing good Fiction or better at writing formulaic Fiction?

With so much literature on how to break through in publishing and get your book out there, it’s a miracle that still only 1% of all the people who send their manuscripts out to agents and publishers get published the … Continue reading

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Air Miles

I received today my Airmiles statement. I have got 5 full miles to spend. That’s from my house to the local Co-op; not bad at all.I have also noticed their motto: “Airmiles – Make your money fly.”How true is that?!It’s … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction for Ladies

Getting a good designer to do a cover for a crime fiction book that aims at the feminine audience is hard work.Absolutely nothing works. It’s either the fonts – too lad-lit type, too chunky, too in your face, so no … Continue reading

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The King’s Speech

Do you ever get the feeling that a certain movie (or book) has been produced with awards in mind? Saussure said that reader’s ghost hangs behind the author’s shoulder from one end to the other, while writing a book.In this … Continue reading

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Post-2003 Pop-Culture Imaginary

Post-2003 must be having a deeper impact on our pop-culture imaginary than one would have thought. Bruno Mars: “I’d catch a grenade for ya (…) take a bullet straight through my brain [for ya]”. How heart-melting is that? Aww…

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Half a day in the life of a new writer

This morning, I have started my first writing-related book, which needs to be finished in no later than six months.It’s my first day, so I’ve done… a full page.I have the outline in front of me, I know I need … Continue reading

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