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Browse Germany’s ‘Parthenon’ of Banned Books

In Kassel, Germany, at the very site where Nazis once burned over 2,000 books by Jewish and Marxist writers, one artist has built a colossal tribute to free speech. The “Parthenon of Books” is a giant temporary replica of the famous Greek temple in Athens. The installation is covered by more tha Read the rest […]

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5 Book Marketing Strategies All Authors Need to Try

Keeping your books in front of readers is a challenging task, especially over a long writing career. I’ve tried many different strategies, and I continue to experiment as the publishing industry evolves. It’s important to remember that what worked last year might not work this year. Read the rest here.

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7 Game-Changing Tips for KDP Authors

One of the highlights of my day is learning something useful from the indie author community, and passing that along to other authors. With that in mind, here are seven of my favorite tips that permanently changed the way I publish on Amazon’s KDP. Read the rest here.

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How to Reach Out to Influencers for Book Promotion

An influencer is an individual who has built a reputation for his or her knowledge and expertise on a particular topic and likely uses social media to get that message across. Pat Flynn is a notable influencer in the entrepreneur and podcaster niche, best known for Smart Passive Income. Read the rest here.

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My Video Interview On Terri Loves Books

Here is a video interview I did last week with Terri Wilson, who runs a book website. She interviewed me about my Department 89 books, as well as other things such as my writing technique, and even a question that almost stumped me at the end!

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Don’t Get Hung Up On Researching Every Little Thing

When The Renegade Spy came out, I inevitably had the nitpickers send me emails and Amazon reviews about inaccuracies they found in the book. Oh, this gun should be called this, you can’t do this, it should be called a suppressor, not a silencer, etc, etc. Being the polite person I am, I thanked them […]

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“The Renegade Spy” Is Out In Paperback!

When I was younger, I had four main ambitions in life – get married, have kids, have at least one dog, and get at least two books written and published. Well, the kids are never going to happen now for a variety of reasons. But the others have come true. I’ve been married since 2010, […]

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[Book Review] – Munich – Robert Harris

There are so many books – both fiction and non-fiction – about Winston Churchill and the war, that it has become an industry in itself. Every year, historians and publishers try to find the next unique angle about Winston, and as much as I love the man, it does get tiring after a while seeing […]

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Which Actors I Would Want In a Renegade Spy Movie

I think it’s only natural that when a writer writes a book, they instinctively visualise a certain actor or actress playing a particular role. For me, knowing who that person is helps me to establish their voice in the story. Knowing how they performed in past movies or TV programmes gives me a good basis […]

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“The Renegade Spy” Is Out – Three Weeks Early!

After countless tweaks and rewrites, I spontaneously decided on Saturday to just call it finished and put it out. In doing so, I finally became a published fiction writer. Yes, my 170-ish page novella, “The Renegade Spy” is finally out. It’s been a long and tiring journey to get to this stage. From conception to […]

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[BOOK REVIEW] – Their Trade Is Treachery – Chapman Pincher

MI5 has been around for hundreds of years and faces down many enemies who routinely threaten the internal security of the United Kingdom. They are overworked, underpaid, and understaffed. Until recently, it was official government policy not to acknowledge they even existed, and the name of their Director-General was highly top-secret. Despite their many triumphs […]

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Ohrdruf Notgeld 50 Pfenning, 1921

I have been collecting various collections since 2003, to combat the continual clinical depression that I go through. My main collection is stamps, having started my own, and inheriting two other collections, but I also collect a few other things. One of them is Notgeld. My favourite one is this Ohrdruf Notgeld banknote. Notgeld is […]

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