Notes from an Intern

Before starting at Busybird I had a rather small view of the publishing world and what work really went into creating the amazing books that line my shelves. I thought all the hard work for books came from authors who had to write and create the novel, drawing readers in and building a story from … Continued

Publish for Profit

Wondering if your book is ready to publish? Search out Beta Readers before investing your time and money.

Fan Fiction: Friend or Foe?

Your first reaction to the word is probably apathy or disgust. Fan fiction has a bit of reputation, and the writing of it isn’t particularly celebrated – for good reason. I write this, not to convince you that fan fiction is respectable, but to explain what fan fiction is (and can be) and why exactly … Continued

The Rise of Audiobooks

Is listening to a book the same as reading it? No, not quite. Does it mean it hasn’t really been ‘read’? No, I wouldn’t say that either. I am one of 55 million who reportedly consume at least one audiobook a year. In fact, I listened to six. It’s an industry that, like it’s podcasting … Continued

Why Join a Book Club?

Not quite the ceremonious circling of people, stereotypically women; tea in hand, books on lap, a patchwork of cardigans encircling their way around the coffee table in hues of reds and whites – although it certainly can be this, who’s to say otherwise – but a wonderful opportunity for different minds to connect together over … Continued

25 free or low cost book marketing ideas

It’s well known that word of mouth is the best way to sell books. In fact, it’s the best way to sell anything. To create word of mouth, you and your book need to be visible in as many areas as possible. Some do involve you being on camera but there are ways around that … Continued

Your Life Writing: Tap into Your Emotions

There are many reasons why you might write about your life. You may have had an adventurous journey that people will be interested in reading about, or you have overcome trauma and come out of it stronger and happier than ever with a lot of great experience to pass on to someone else. It might … Continued