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Big Ideas: Why a Children’s BOOK?

Big ideas: Why a children’s BOOK?In this post, I’m emphasizing the question of why create a BOOK? When you have an idea about something you want to tell children, you have many options for communicating…

Book Distribution 2018

Book Distribution 2018 Book distribution, where your books are connecting with people, is a crucial decision for selling books. If a reader hears about your book and they try to buy it in their favorite…

Help people and win amazing prizes!

Do you want to get a chance to get really cool stuff for almost no money and help people that need your help? You can do it if you’re quick enough. This is the last…

Word Choices for Picture Books: Two by Two…

Word Choices: Getting Granular With Read-Aloud Books Guest post by Lisa Lowe Stauffer Twice I’ve had the opportunity to participate in Darcy Pattison’s Novel Metamorphosis retreat. Although I gained a lot of great tips and…

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Author Newsletters

Author newsletters are crucial, whether you’re an indie author or not. But for Indies, your newsletter could make or break your business. This blog, Fiction Notes, has been going since 2008 (Yes! 10 years of…

Domain name change, and new updates

After years of deliberation, we have finally acquired www.royalroad.com and changed our official domain name. If you promote your fiction with or shared our previous domain link, don’t worry - all old links will redirect…

A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key…

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still…

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Discovering the Award Winners: 1955

The 1955 Worldcon in Cleveland revived the idea of an award ceremony from two years before. But they did rather change the awards. In 1953, there had been awards for Best Novel, Professional Magazine, Cover…

AudioBooks are Growing: Listen Up!

Audiobook sales are on the rise, which means indie or self-published authors need to pay attention. Goodereader reports that audiobooks are the fastest growing digital segment of book publishing in 2017. 26% of the US…

All Strange and Terrible Things Are Welcome

Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra), is quoted as saying, “All strange and terrible things are welcome, but comforts we despise.” When it comes to life in general, I’m not sure I can agree with her. I like…

Northern Ireland crime fiction: 10 books to try

With the 2018 Man Booker Prize going to a Northern Ireland author, Craig Sisterson shines his crime fiction torch towards the six counties and illuminates some seriously brilliant reads… The Troubles. A rather understated term…

Vanish in an Instant

Written by Margaret Millar — Here at Crime Fiction Lover we have openly declared our love and admiration for Margaret Millar’s versatility and deft hand with suspense. Her novels are always finely-tuned and guaranteed to have…

Dark Sacred Night

Written by Michael Connelly — It’s the age of the BOGOF – buy one, get one free – so I suppose it’s about time the concept arrived in crime fiction land. Early to jump on…