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Amanda Weiss is the designer behind our How-to... Modern Living series. We’ve talked to her about her path into graphic designing and her creative process. How did you get into the arts and what led you to book design? I got into art when I was in elementary school, thanks to cartoon shows and anime. Originally, I was planning on

When it comes to books one of the biggest influences on their value is whether or not they are a first edition. We have all heard the term but what exactly does it mean and what are the common misconceptions? First editions are the original publications of a title, the first release if you will. They can vary by country, for example an

Our story of the week is a coming-of-age story about the pressure to fit in, from the writer Alex Learmont. Alex Learmont was born in Scotland in 1942. He then emigrated to Zimbabwe in 1952. Now he resides in Cape Town. Alex was active in film production between 1958 and 2018 as writer/director/cameraman in corporate communication, tra

Are you struggling to write that novel you always dreamed of finishing? Do you have a story that demands to be told? With our hectic lives it can be tough to carve out the time to express ourselves creatively, but there may be a solution. Have you ever considered taking part in a writing retreat? A writing retreat gives you the chance

Joe Cushnan is the author of two short stories on our website, Sweetheart and Twist. He was born and raised in Belfast but left for England at the age of twenty-two to pursue a career in retail management. His hobbies have always been reading and writing. Over the years, Joe has had poetry and general features published in newspapers and

Mike Fox is the author of When You Became Me - a short story about time and growing-up available on our website. Mike has co-authored a book and published many articles on the human repercussions of illness. Now writing fiction, his stories have appeared in, or been accepted for publication by, The London Journal of Fiction, Popshot, Into

If you happen to see a perplexing plum bicycle or black and violet post box when wandering the streets of Oxford, don’t be concerned, Oxford isn’t remodelling itself into a purple city. These flashes of purple aim to bring more than just colour, they represent the work of the Oxford Poetry Library (OPL) – a bicycle-driven, travellin

It is increasingly important to curate your author brand. Establishing a loyal fan base not only helps you connect to your audience but can also improve your publishing prospects. A writer’s first step in building their brand should be creating an attractive, user-friendly website. Here are some tips on how to ensure that your website p