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Self-publish and be damned or To 'e' or not to 'e'?

These, apart from being misquotes, are issues I and many fellow writers, have been mulling over - a lot, in my case. Not so long ago, self-publishing was looked down upon by publishers, writers and even readers. With the advent of the e-book and sites like Amazon, Smashwords and Lulu, times have changed. Everyone in the industry has had to sit up a...
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How important is the title?

Just how important is the title of a book? When Charles Dickens wrote his novella, "A Christmas Carol" the title on his original manuscript was: A Christmas Carolin Prose:Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Hmm! No wonder it was shortened to "A Christmas Carol", although the full title still appears on the inside title page. Anyway, my question is, wh...
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A chat with Jack Drake

A chat with Jack Drake
Today I'm chatting with Jack Drake, one of the main characters in my novel, "Highland Fling", which I'm currently in the process of editing.'Welcome Jack and thanks for stopping by.''It's my pleasure, Emily. It's good to get out of the pages and stretch my legs.''Well, you do have long legs, Jack, if you don't mind me being personal. For our reader...
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A romance. What sort of romance?

(This was previously posted on my work-in-progress page)I am currently editing my novel The Stag Party (working title). I wrote it for the RNA new writers' scheme which I joined in January 2011 so naturally, it's a romance. But what sort of romance? Ah, there's the problem - for me at least.Apparently, I should know what my novel is, i.e., is it ro...
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Can someone die from a broken heart?

Can someone die from a broken heart?
Nestled amongst fallen leaves at the foot of the west wall in the churchyard of St. George's, Brede, East Sussex, stands a wooden cross. Remarkable only for its simplicity; it is aged and weather-beaten and it bears just one word - Damaris. That's all. No date, no epitaph. Nothing in fact, to give a hint to the love story that ended so tragically o...
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