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Tips for self-publishers: Typography 101

We’re going to be talking about fonts in the next few posts. Before we do, it makes sense to introduce a few basic terms and concepts in typography: the science and art of lettering. Let’s look at a letter Don’t … Continue reading

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Parenting by Kindle & and the curse of editing Part 2

Mr Stink and the Curse of Editing… Yesterday, I mentioned how we’d gotten out of a tight spot through buying (and reading) my son the Kindle edition of Mr Stink by David Walliams. Being able to buy a new book without … Continue reading

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2000AD, Doctor Who, and real ale

I’ve just been interviewed by the wonderful Fiona McVie over at Inspiration Forum. I might have mentioned Doctor Who and real ale as my inspiration for writing science fiction. Happy birthday, Tharg. Your scrotnig publication, 2000AD (35 years old this … Continue reading

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Tips on formatting your print book for Createspace and Lulu: Part5 – Styles

Click here for part 4 [click on images to see a larger version] Tip #7 Introducing styles Styles are a means to define a set of formatting instructions, that you can then apply to parts of the document that you … Continue reading

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Why writing a time travel novel is like wearing fresh underwear

One of the finishing touches I’m applying to my forthcoming time travel novel is to add the location and date to my chapter sub-headings. It’s not as easy as it looks (as I will explain), and made me think not … Continue reading

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Why I write: Alan Moore & 2000AD

I wrote a guest post on the Benjamin Wallace Books site recently about my inspiration for writing. It all came down to popping into a service station WH Smith where Prog#1 of 2000AD awaited me. Ironically, Alan Moore (whom I remember … Continue reading

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Guest Post: On writing and editing

Welcome to author Arshad Ahsanuddin who has written us an article on writing and editing. It’s an activity that sounds far less exciting than dreaming of fictional landscapes, or indulging in the free food and drink at a book launch, … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Making Things

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about where my life’s headed. It’s given me a bit of a slaps-palm-on-forehead moment, which I’ve decided to share with you. Three things got me thinking: Our friends rented us a beautiful holiday cottage … Continue reading

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