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Meet authors published by Exisle Publishing and EK Books, read the winning stories from our frequent writing competitions, and keep up to date with the latest news, insights and tips for serious writers who are ready to get published.
April 22, 2022
How to Market Your Book as an Independent Author

You’ve finished your book and can’t wait to show it to the world. You could share the news on your Facebook, but there are other ways to share your book with a large number of potential readers.  Understand Your Audience To market your book you have to consider your audience. Ask yourself these questions: If […]

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April 15, 2022
The 20 Keys to Success as a Published Author

Exisle and EK Books CEO Gareth St John Thomas introduces his 20 keys to success in the publishing industry. Drawn from over 30 years experience running successful publishing businesses, these points will help you break through with your writing and bring your message to the world.  Summary and Notes: 1. Get the concept right from […]

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March 9, 2022
How to Build an Author Website

If you grab a book off your shelf and search the author in your internet browser, you’ll most likely come across the author’s website. Most writers have a goal of publishing a book, and an author website is an important tool to use when building your writing career. It is beneficial to create one before […]

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March 3, 2022
Editing Your Book: When, Where, How?

The writing process is different for everyone, but there are ways to streamline your approach to make it easier and more enjoyable to arrive in front of the computer.  When to Edit As you write your first draft, you may feel compelled to edit as you go. This may work for some, but it becomes […]

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February 14, 2022
Story: All that Remained

Story by Jennifer Bostian “I thought you were going to sleep the day away, Dot.” Mother’s red and white gingham apron stretched tight across her big belly. “I’m getting ready to make Crazy Cake. Want to watch?”  I nodded with my whole body, bouncing up and down. Mother only baked for special times. Maybe it […]

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February 11, 2022
Story: A History

Story by Emily Broadmore I almost had a meltdown today, Ollie said. Sadie raised an eyebrow at him questioningly. They tried to make me draft an email. Oh dear, Sadie said. The life of a senior public servant. She spoke flippantly, and bent over a pile of large Iranian carpets, leafing through the top five […]

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February 10, 2022
Story: Boys Can't Knit

Story by Rose Perrin In the winter of 2000 I was a year 4 teacher at a Perth primary school. I always encouraged my students to spread their boundaries, to challenge themselves and explore different possibilities. I introduced the idea of knitting winter scarves to the class, much to the delight of some and the […]

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February 9, 2022
How to Get Your Children’s Book Published

The first books many people read are picture books with easy-to-follow messages and engaging illustrations when they are children. On Amazon alone, there are 80,000 children’s books in English. It’s a tough market to break through, but by following the tips and advice within this article, your book will have a better chance within the […]

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January 26, 2022
How to Write a Great Query Letter to a Publisher

You’ve completed your manuscript and now it’s ready to be sent out, but don't move too fast! While some independent presses may accept unsolicited manuscripts from authors directly, other presses require an agent to represent your manuscript. The best way to reach out to an agent or publisher is by sending a query letter that […]

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December 23, 2021
2021 in Review

Dear writers, As we trudged through another year in the COVID pandemic, the writing world thrived. In 2021, we shared various blog posts with the community, to be used as foundational building blocks to their manuscript and writing process. We explained how to uncover one’s writing niche. We shared our tips for editing your writing […]

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