Debbie Young

5 Cures for the Self-Published Writer’s Block

It’s a rare writer who never suffers from writer’s block. If you do, you’re in good company: it hampers even the most successful writers. When asked the most frightening thing he’d ever encountered, Ernest Hemingway declared “a blank sheet of paper”. ALLi blog editor Debbie Young shares her experience. I know how Hemingway felt. Decades […]

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Self-published author J R Sheridan

The Psychology of the Put-Down, or Why Being a Self-Published Writer is a Bit Like Being a Bouncer

As an interesting aside to the continuing debate about hostile reviewers, thriller writer James Sheridan finds similarities between his dual roles as a self-published author and a door operative, commonly known as a bouncer. Freshers week is upon us at my local town’s university. As a door supervisor I start a week-long stretch of late […]

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Indie Authors Alliance Yearbook

The Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog Warning: New Self-Publishing Resource from Writers & Artists

Another once-venerable publishing brand, Writers & Artists, an imprint of the Bloomsbury group, is showing little regard for writers as they move into the self-publishing arena. We’ve written here before about trade publishers like Penguin and Simon & Schuster showing insufficient care for authors as they trade on their brand-names to sell over-priced and under-performing […]

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