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Author: Austin Hackney

Child Abandonment Stories in Folklore and Fairy Tales

Posted in abandonment, anthropology, childhood, fairy tales, folklore, folkloric motifs, mythology, and the armless maiden

The Contemporary Relevance of Folkloric Traditions I’d like to write about child abandonment stories. It’s something that’s been on my mind recently. Partly for personal reasons I won’t go into here, and partly reflecting on the fate of thousands of solitary refugee children who find themselves separated from…

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Beginning and Ending: How to Finish Writing a Book

Posted in creativity, discipline, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

How to Finish Writing a Book: Where to Begin? I was asked yesterday, by someone who aspires to be a professional writer, how to get started on her first novel. In the same hour, I was asked how to finish a book! So, here’s a quick post with some…

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How to Find Time to Write (Even if You Haven’t Got Time to Write)

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

How Can You Find Time To Write? The question of how to find time to write is a good one and deserves a good answer. If finding writing time matters to you, I’ll guess that you’re aiming at writing professionally. Of course, once you achieve that goal – the…

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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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