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Sep
2014
8

Canadian Authors- How To Avoid Amazon/Smashwords/CreateSpace from Withholding Taxes

So, you’re sitting in Cobourg, Ontario, or Biggar, Saskatchewan, or perhaps even Yarrow, British Columbia. You’ve published your e-book masterpiece through Amazon or Smashwords, or maybe you’ve released a print book through Amazon’s print on demand company – CreateSpace. You’ve sold some books and you’re waiting for your royalty cheques to arrive. Your first cheque is 30% light. Your chosen…

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Aug
2014
21

Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed – Comparing Free and Discounted Promotions

Let’s assume for a moment, or at least for the length of time it takes to read this article, that all authors realize that free promotions are a necessary tool that will help sell books and build their reader base. I know – many of you disagree. Some of you are philosophically opposed while others have different reasons. Leave that…

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Jul
2014
28

5 Self-Published Books You Should Be Reading

I knew I wasn’t reading enough, and it bugged me. Stephen King didn’t have to tell me, or maybe he did.  You may have had his quote bouncing around your own head from time to time “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” So, just over a year ago, I…

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Jul
2014
21

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO

When I first heard the story of the loft-sitters, I thought the information being given to me was false. I thought I was being lied to. I mean I know a little bit about that period in history. I’ve read some books, seen some movies. I grew up in Scotland, and I realize the body of water between Scotland and…

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Jun
2014
15

You Gotta Stay Positive

Have you ever read an article and gotten halfway through, or perhaps even read it to the end, and thought to yourself, “Wow, that guy was a real flake.” I’m going to make a concentrated effort to not leave you feeling that way, but with the subject matter I’m about to cover I might just lose you. I’m going to…

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Jun
2014
9

Hundreds of Review Sites Available Right Here

        As part of my ongoing quest to achieve sainthood, and to continue creating positive energy and paying it forward I’ve compiled a handy-dandy list of review sites. Under the Authors Tools section of my website I recently included lists that will help you access hundreds of reviewers and bloggers. Once you’re in the Authors Tools section…

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Apr
2014
30

David Moyes was the Right Manager for Manchester United

Growth requires change. I understand that. There are, however, and should be, exceptions to this rule. In order to live in a relatively civilized society we need constants. Dogs must bark, cats will meow and Manchester United will win championships. Every season. Recently, one of those previously unmovable constants was altered. Manchester United are one of the winningest football (yes,…

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Apr
2014
16

At Fifty

My old buddy from high school, Ian Anderson had the absolute best “John Candy laugh”. You know that classic Candy, part-giggle, part-chortle, where he’d tuck his chin to his chest, look into the camera with eyes that were somehow devious and warm at the same time and make a sound that we’d never heard before. Ian could do that. In…

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