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We have lots lined up for you in AW16, much of which centres around helping you to market your books effectively. We’ll be posting articles on audiobooks, author websites, blogging, an indie author’s guide to using social media, and even a piece on podcasts. It’s a way off yet, but we want you to be prepared to push your book in the countdown to Christmas, with fingers firmly on the pulse of all of the latest ways that you can bring a product to market and reach your target audience at one of the busiest times of year for the book trade.


You may have noticed a theme to some of our recent posts – we’ve published quite a few articles about how you can use technology to help with your writing. These ideas are proving popular with indies – and it’s easy to see why. Have a look through the dropdown topics above for inspiration!

With many more guest posts to come, including our third Authors’ Life snapshot, I’d like to express a huge thanks to all of our recent guest contributors. Is there anyone you’d like to hear from, or a subject that you’d like us to cover? As always, get in touch and let us know; we love hearing from you.

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Helen McCusker, Booked PR

Helen has worked in publishing for the past decade and before that enjoyed a varied career in broadcast journalism, including entertainment reporting for the BBC. Having worked “on the other side”, the award-winning book publicist has managed a busy newsroom and interviewed many authors live on-air, so knows exactly how a good author press release should read – and the best time to strike. Since combining her skills and launching Booked PR in 2008 (celebrating 8 years of service in August 2016) Helen has had the pleasure of promoting both traditionally published and self published books. This year, Helen launched the @TheAuthorHour on Twitter - a weekly social media author forum where writers can talk about publishing, promotion and share their knowledge. She regularly speaks at publishing events and is always willing to advise authors on the best promotional strategy for their book.

Find out more at: or follow Helen on Twitter: @helenmccusker

Meet Our contributors...

Rachel Gregory, Magazine Editor

Jeremy Thompson, Managing Director, Troubador

Debbie Young, The Alliance of Independent Authors

Ben Cameron, Cameron Publicity & Marketing

Helen McCusker, Booked PR

Cressida Downing, The Book Analyst

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Happy New Year! What are your self-publishing resolutions for 2017? Our recent articles could provide you with some inspiration if you haven’t quite settled on your goals yet.

What can you expect from us this year? As well as plenty more interviews and articles on all aspects of the industry, we’ll be kicking off the year by continuing our crowdfunding series of posts.


As we enter events season once again, we’ll discuss some of the events that you might be attending, as well as posting guides on how to make the most of literary events, which can be invaluable.

As always, we’d love to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions about the Magazine. We’re often on the hunt for new contributors too, so get in touch.

All the best for 2017 – and here’s to sticking to your self-publishing resolutions.

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Through his unique style of writing, Joseph Rogers explores 33 settlements and explains how they differ in character but are in many ways, so strangely equal. By pinpointing various landmarks, establishments and individual traits that make a village, town or city what it is, he creates a snapshot and a lasting memory of each place he visits.

From Glasgow to Grimstone, Budapest to Beer, he attempts to grasp the very reason for exploring such places and shares his many opinions on the subject of travelling.

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