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Author: Austin Hackney

6 Reasons to Power Up Your Productivity as a Writer

Posted in creativity, discipline, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, self publishing, and Writing Tips

Hello. Let’s talk about productivity as a writer. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this, and I think ratcheting up your productivity, cranking out the words, writing a lot and publishing a lot, is a key strategy to adopt in order to achieve success as a professional writer.…

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3 Important Things I’ve Learned After Publishing My First Novel

Posted in amazon sales rank, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Publishing, publishing with a small press, publishing your first book, self publishing, and The debut novel

My debut novel was published on 14th of February, 2016. That’s three sweet weeks ago at the time of writing. It was published first in paperback on Amazon and then rolled out as a pre-order ebook to Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iBooks, Smashwords, Scribd and others. The paperback is…

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How to Design a Book Jacket: the Evolution of a Cover Design

Posted in book covers, Independent Publishing, Publishing, and publishing with a small press

There’s really no shortage of information available on the internet for writers and would-be writers to learn about both the art and craft of story creation, independent or traditional publishing options, and what goes in to the preparation of a finished manuscript. There’s a lot less detail regarding…

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Letting Your Debut Novel Go and Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted in book covers, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Publishing, publishing with a small press, Steampunk, and Writing a novel

The book is finished. Several rounds of editing – structural/developmental, copy and line, and a proofread – have all been completed. A thousand iterations of the back matter and the front matter and the dedication, acknowledgements and all the rest have finally been put aside and the wording decided…

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Why I am Going to Throw Myself Off the Edge of a Cliff

Posted in Editors, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Publishing, Rejections, Steampunk, True Stories, and Writing a novel

The title of this post is undoubtedly designed to be provocative, to pique interest, and to raise questions in the mind of the reader. Surely, to throw oneself off the edge of the cliff is a foolhardy act at best, and at worst a depressing submission to simple suicide?…

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