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Should I Start A Blog?

Last week I was asked to go along to the Edinburgh City of Literature monthly salon to say a few words about blogging. I was expecting people to be interested in the mechanics of how to blog, and had even started writing a post with some tips – but the question that came up most was whether people should be doing it at all.

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We need to talk about algorithms

Last week I was discussing possible favours for my sister’s forthcoming wedding. This conversation took place, as 98% of 21st Century wedding related conversations surely do*, via Pinterest – and whilst we were there, Pinterest took the opportunity to point me in the direction of stuff it thought I might like.

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Why I’m Taking The Goodreads’ Reading Challenge

Last week there was a piece in the Guardian by Richard Lea called The Bad Side of Goodreads’ Reading Challenge.  I clicked because I’ve actually signed up to said challenge.  For the most part, I disagreed with the piece – and I’ll tell you for why.

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How To Sell An eBook

eotstumblrPeople often ask me, ‘hey Ali! Whaddya do when you’re not writing books, blogging about writing books or blogging about books written by other people?’

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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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Literary Agents – Always The Right Option?

Tres chic, non?!

As of today I am off gallivanting around mainland Europe with an interrail card and a bindle full of euros, which means I’m leaving the blog in the very capable hands of a selection of interviewees and guest posters until the end of May.  First up, professional writer and researcher Lucy Redland explains the case for getting yourself a Literary Agent.

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