Authenticity and Honesty as an Indie Author by @JoRobinson176

Lit World Interviews

A couple of things we shouldn’t be doing. Sometimes you’ll see an author comparing their writing to a famous writer in the actual blurb of their book, or worse still on the cover. Doing this in a blurb is actually against Amazon policy, so it’s not a good idea to begin with. Some Indies seem to think that by the mere presence of a bestselling author’s name, readers will be more inclined to buy their own book. Speaking as a reader all I can say about that is that if I want to read a book by J K Rowling I’ll buy one of her books. If a reader or reviewer on the other hand compares a book to the work of a famous author I’m a fan of, I might be tempted to buy it – that to me is a genuine compliment, but if it’s the author making…

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The Thin Skin of Self-Publishing

Tara Sparling writes

I usually spend January looking for new trends in the book world (or making them up, which is more fun), and I’m seeing an increase in pronouncements about self-publishing online. It’s probably a seasonal thing, as people sketch out their writing goals. But a lot of what I’m seeing lately has been negative, particularly below the line.

Last year, I took up a different baton of writerly whinging, when I complained about complaining. That went well, so I’m off again.

And oh, how much complaining there is about this topic. Both from the people bemoaning the quality of self/author-published work, to the people decrying the temerity of anyone who dares to say anything negative about the industry at all – even if it comes from author-publishers themselves.

I Blame The Internet

We’re all talking to each other these days. Which is, technically, a marvellous thing: but nothing feeds paranoia better than social media. And when it comes to some SP authors, it can reach…

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Boy Entrepreneur Invents Lego Braille Printer

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Boy Entrepreneur Invents Lego Braille Printer

22:33, UK, Wednesday 21 January 2015
“The California teen built the device in his kitchen for a school science project and now Intel Corp have invested in his start-up.”

A 13-year-old American boy is thought to be the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive venture capital after he invented a Braille printer using Lego.

Proving that Silicon Valley wonder kids really are getting younger, Shubham Banerjee had his light-bulb moment after asking his parents how blind people read.

The California eighth-grader’s mum and dad told him to Google the answer and he began to read up about Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired.

He was surprised to find that Braille printers cost at least $2,000 (£1,300), way too expensive for many in the developing world, and weigh a hefty 20lb (9kg).

Shubham road tests the gadget with a visually impaired user

Shubham, of Santa…

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Mrs Brown’s Boys

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I thought you could all do with cheering up.

For years now when it comes to good old fashioned non PC belly laugh humour, shown between 7 – 9pm, the UK television channels have been sadly lacking. The same goes for full on variety shows like Sunday Night at the Palladium. These days what’s on offer most days of the week, and especially during the weekend, is mainly repeats of repeats, usually by the program in question being shown as ‘new’ on a different channel.

Who do they think they’re kidding?

At long last, once again there is a totally non PC, classic old fashioned comedy show called Mrs Brown’s Boys. Mrs Brown is written, produced, directed and played by the brilliant Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll. Most of the cast are actually members of his family. When it first appeared on our screens, the stuffed shirts at the BBC hoped…

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White Horizon by Jan Ruth

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White HorizonWhite Horizon by Jan Ruth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The essentials of life; having someone to love, having something to do and something to look forward to,” advice that Daniel Woods would probably agree with on his wedding day but words which he wouldn’t actually understand until circumstances force his eyes wide open.

White Horizon is a contemporary family relationships/ romance set in and around Snowdonia and Manchester. Dan and Tina are about to get married, a regular Bonnie & Clyde in their youth, they are finally tying the knot.

With money behind him from a lucky inheritance and hard work Dan has bought Crafnant Hall and is turning it into a hotel. He’s worked really hard on getting it all set up and is looking forward to running it with Tina alongside.

Fellow guests at the wedding include old school friends Linda and Victoria, as Dan and…

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