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Advice for writers

We cover everything you need to know to master writing and self-publishing.

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A comprehensive guide to the different types of books

Read our comprehensive guide to the different types of books.

Rebecca Munton
April 22, 2022
9 minute read

How to create a book outline (with a free template)

Learn how to create a book outline and see how it can help authors avoid plot holes & keep your story on track. Read our guide & download the template.

Rebecca Munton
December 20, 2021
9 minute read

A beginner's guide to Amazon KDP keyword research

Equipped with the right tools, we believe every self-publishing author can be successful. Learn how to find the best keywords for your Kindle book!

Jack Wells
December 7, 2021
4 minute read

The best horror movies based on a book

Many of the page-turners that terrified you so badly you had to sleep with the light on have since been made into films.

Jack Wells
September 16, 2021
6 minute read

How many chapters should your novel have?

Chapters are a crucial structural tool for authors. But it's not immediately clear how exactly a new writer should go about planning their book! Read our expert guide.

Rebecca Munton
August 20, 2021
5 minute read

The best self-publishing companies

It's the final stretch! The book has been written, the manuscript formatted and the book cover - designed! It's time to choose the right self-publishing site.

Jack Wells
May 12, 2021
10 minute read

100+ better words for "Said"

Spice up your writing by using different, better words for "said". Find the right word for your dialogue - whether you're looking for a positive, negative or even sad synonyms of said, we have them!

Jack Wells
March 13, 2021
3 minute read

Why do authors use pen names?

Writing a book and don't want to publish under your real name? Let's explore the reason why authors pick pen names and how you can decide on one for you!

Jack Wells
January 5, 2021
10 minute read

How much do writers make?

How much money do writers make in the UK? Do they earn enough to live comfortably? Read on to learn everything you need to know about author salaries and book earnings.

Jack Wells
November 21, 2020
4 minute read

How long does it take to write a book?

Are you wondering how long does it take to write a book? Our guide right here covers the key things you should know.

Jack Wells
November 15, 2020
8 minute read

How to get an ISBN for your book in the UK?

Looking to publish your book this year? You'll likely need to register an ISBN. Our guide explains all about UK ISBN numbers, their cost and how to get one.

Jack Wells
October 4, 2020
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How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

We explain how much formatting, editing, proofreading and cover design cost for an average book. Learn how much it costs to self-publish a book in the UK.

Jack Wells
August 16, 2020
9 minute read

How to use your book cover to sell more books

Learn how to make the most of your new book cover. Our helpful guide covers everything from planning a cover reveal to book prelaunch. See all other handy tips.

Jack Wells
July 2, 2020
10 minute read

Book cover design: How to make a memorable book cover

The wrong cover won't motivate readers to buy your book. Your cover should make your book shine! Learn how to make a good book cover in our latest post.

Jack Wells
June 12, 2020
7 minute read

Best book writing software: Apps that will elevate your writing

If you want to become a best-selling author, consistency and efficiency are key to your success.

Jack Wells
April 10, 2020
11 minute read

How to write an author bio as a new writer

Your book's author bio tells potential readers who you are, and why they should trust you. Learn how to write an effective bio that sells.

Rebecca Munton
November 16, 2019
9 minute read

The 8 worst mistakes self-publishers make

The main criticism of self-published books is that they are not professional enough. Don't publish something you're not happy with and not up to scratch. Here are some of the mistakes indie writers make.

Jack Wells
July 17, 2018
6 minute read

How much does book cover design cost?

The price for your next book cover needn’t be confusing. We like being transparent about our pricing, so we’ve put together this handy guide.

Jack Wells
November 12, 2019
6 minute read

How to write a great book synopsis

Our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now.

Jack Wells
April 15, 2019
8 minute read

Editing on a budget for self-publishing writers

When you’re an indie author, you’re not just a writer. You're your editor, advisor, marketer and publisher. Big shoes to fill in! But sometimes you need to save a bit of money. And here's one area you could do it.

Jack Wells
August 24, 2018
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