Author Archives: Mark Willoughby

Creating a draft on CreateSpace

The moment has come, you’ve written the last word, dotted the line and your first draft is complete. What next? Well for me it’s a quick read through and then get a printed draft. There are lots of reasons to do this, a printed copy makes the book feel more real, it also looks more real to other people. Perhaps ...

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Proofs coming to KDP

After a long wait authors will soon be able to order proof copies through the KDP paperback service. For more than a year you’ve been able to add a paperback version of your book  but crucially you couldn’t order proof or wholesale author copies making it less attractive than CreateSpace, also owned by Amazon. These options were supposed to be ...

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What does the demise of the Nook tell us?

The Nook, the Barnes and Noble e-reader is dead, sort of, maybe. What does this tell us about the state of the e-book market? The short answer is nothing, but the longer answer is slightly more interesting. First let’s remind ourselves about the Nook, this is Barnes and Noble’s e-Reader/modified Android tablet brand. In the UK they have a very ...

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Publishers Tackle Inclusivity

The good people at the Publishers Association have launched a initiative to tackle inclusivity within the industry. Publishing is far from the worst industry for this but the Publishers Association is determined that their members not rest on their laurels. In the most recent survey 49% of senior leadership roles within publishing are held by women which doesn’t look too ...

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£5k publishing deal up for grabs

If you’re putting the finishing touches to your latest thriller then this competition may be for you. The publishers Quercus have teamed up with Psychologies magazine to offer a publishing deal to one lucky aspiring novelist. This looks like a pretty good deal for an unpublished author, Quercus are home to the crime novelist Peter May, some bloke called Stieg ...

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Where do you keep your files?

A couple of weeks ago JK Rowling was talking about swapping out her old trusty Macbook for a new one. She’d only reluctantly abandoned the old one after she’d lost work due to disc corruption. Now I don’t have an international army of fans desperate to get an early peek at my next work, not yet anyway, but the idea ...

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Reading on the cheap

You’ve probably read that we Brits like our Kindle books on the cheap, they say “the UK Kindle market is highly cost sensitive” but that amounts to the same thing. You might even have heard that almost half the Kindle books sold in the UK go for 99p or less. I suspect that I may account for more than my ...

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Learn from my mistakes: Number 1 – Chapters

Once upon a time I started to write a book, actually I started to write a short story and once the preamble had got to about 50k words I realised I was writing a book. Whether it was because of this initial folly or because I’d started without a plan or just because of inexperience my book kept growing and ...

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