Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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Browsing with a Badger

Just like fingerprints at a crime scene, your browser leaves its fingerprints on every website you visit …

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The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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J K Rowling: On failure

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I…

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Quote: Stephen Fry

“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it. That is your punishment. But if you never know, then you can be…

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Quote: Don DeLillo

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo

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J K Rowling’s Diary

In late December 2005, J K Rowling’s original website, jkrowling.com, contained the following message: Until very recently, JKRowling.com was a list of links to my publishers – boring, I think…

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Quote: Meg Cabot

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no…

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Copyright, Contracts, Patreon and Personal Choice

If you use, or are considering using, Patreon, you might like to take a look at their Terms of Use first. Particularly this clause:

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Writing isn’t easy …

Writing isn’t easy and, even after you’ve been doing it for a few years, you’re still a novice. If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work…

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