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How to Moderate Spam

CommentsBefore yesterday I had neglected the blog for quite a while, which meant a wealth of interesting spam comments awaited moderation when I signed in to upload a picture for Silent Sunday.  I thought I would respond to a selection, thus:

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Silent Sunday

Self Publishing For Beginners

homespungreyOr, how to be paranoid about marketing your eBook before you have even begun.

Homespun Threads (A Patchwork of Fairytales) has now been available to buy on the internets for a week (at Smashwords or Amazon).  I’ve read a fair amount of advice on how to market it, all of which requires a lot of time and effort which I am applying in fits and starts – that’s what happens when you have a day job, alas.   Here are some of the main bits of advice that have come up:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (late!)

A belated entry for the last weekly photo prompt – this week I’ve been busy editing and formatting this charming eBook every spare moment I have (worth your pennies, proceeds go towards supporting children’s theatre) and it slipped my mind, but I actually have a bit of a thing about photographing reflections so I wanted to share one before going onto the new prompt!

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Don’t Panic

Thanks, Wikipedia..

On Friday at work I had a bit of an epiphany.  Then I had a lot of stuff to do over the weekend, mainly in terms of housekeeping and ensuring my sister celebrated her birthday, so I didn’t blog about it.  Slack, I realise, but don’t fret – I’m here now.

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Edinburgh Man Writes Book About Twilight Actor Robert Pattinson

You may be all hot and bothered about the release of JK Rowling‘s longed for new novel The Casual Vacancy tomorrow, but that’s nothing compared to the emotional torment of waiting for the fiction debut of Andrew Blair and Daniel Lilley.  That’s right, I could only be talking about The R-Patz Factz, a new book exploring the life and loves of Twilight actor Robert Pattinson by committing to doing no research on them whatsoever.  In the following guest post, Andrew tells me more about what inspired him to create this thing. 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should probably point out a) the aforementioned author is my boyfriend, and b) Robert Pattinson in no way endorses or knows about the project.

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Interview: Jen Newby, Commissioning Editor

Freelance writer and commissioning editor of Pen and Sword books Jen Newby answers a few questions about publishing, social history, and blogging.

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Checking In

Since posting that interview with Jane Bradley, I have mostly: started a new job on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival doing considerably longer hours than I’ve ever done before (72 last week – but I love it), written an entry for the Pictonaut challenge that I failed to actually post, neglected to write my August column for the Broughton Spurtle, failed to write any blog posts for Ten Tracks, kept a pinkie finger grip on Homespun stuff (we got a five star review from Fest magazine, woo hoo!), had a short story accepted for a podcast, and turned 27.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

However, this post is really to tell you that the new job combined with further Homespun stuff essentially means things continue in this vein till the end of August.  I had originally planned to do lots of posts about the Edinburgh International Book Festival, but I’m now unsure how much stuff I’ll actually be able to go to.   However, I will do my very best to pop along when I can and those of you who follow me on Twitter will be the first to know if I actually manage it!

In the meantime, I will be posting an interview with Jen Newby (who wrote a guest post for me a few weeks back) tomorrow, and I’ll post July’s Pictonaut at the end of the week (the build up doesn’t really match the content, but nevermind).  You can also read a post by me on Dorky Mum’s blog about the joys of putting together a Fringe show across a 400 mile distance, if you like.

Oh, and kindle owners – Beyond the Horizon, a book of short stories (one of which is mine) is now available electronically for the princely sum of £4.11.  If you buy it, I get actual royalties – about 70p last quarter.  So much for those stories about penniless authors, eh!

Interview: For Books’ Sake Jane Bradley

In a sort of addendum to the Book Blogger files, I spoke to freelance writer and editor of women’s writing zine For Books’ Sake Jane Bradley about gender imbalance in literature, genre snobbery and reading recommendations.

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