The Turndog Tales: 15/07/2012 – 20/07/2012





It’s Friday and that means only one thing. The time has come to round up the week’s best news. The Turndog Tales is here to offer you my favourite articles of the week. I’ve been searching my Twitter feed and this is what I’ve come up with.



How Important Is Your Font?

I’m a regular reader of Joel Freidlander’s site. It’s full of top tips, and this particular post will help a great deal further down the line. It offers links to all the various Posts he has created over the years on Fonts.

What should you use for your cover? What about in the main body of text? You may think it’s unimportant, but your font can say a great deal. Take a look for yourself.

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The Problem With Traditional Publishing

Kristen Lamb has just come back from Thriller Fest and written a great post about where traditional publishing is going wrong. It’s a regular argument you will come across. What’s better? To Self Publish or not?

The world has room for both, but neither party gets it completely right. This post offers some very interesting thoughts. I suggest you take a look and expand your views

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Are You A Slow Burner?

Life is a marathon. In general, so is success. Some people find immediate success, but is this really a good thing? Jeff Goins looks at exactly this. Is it better to see overnight success or to grow slowly over the years?

It’s a fascinating thought. We all want immediate success, but is it really that good? I’d say not. I bet if we could speak to our future self, they would tell us that the slow burning growth was for the best. It makes you more humble I feel.

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I Bet You Didn’t Think Of This

Just when you think you’ve read about all the ways to connect with writers/readers, someone comes along and throws it in the air. This is what Jessica Burde did. She wrote an article about connecting with writers and readers, and boy is it from left field.

She talks about second life (that online game/community) and how she uses it to connect with people. I had never thought about this. I bet you haven’t, either. I’m not saying it’s worth doing, but it’s certainly worth thinking about. Take a read…

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Don’t Promote To Other Writers

As someone who’s beginning to think about a future book launch, I’m open to new ideas and tips. April Hamilton tells us that we should stop promoting to other writers, which when you think about it, makes sense.

We follow fellow writers, and connect with them, which is good, but will they buy our books? Maybe, but for the most part, no. It’s a good reminder on how to approach things. I suggest a quick read is in order.

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The ‘Bloody Hell, Really’ Post

Not an article as such, just the entire premise of Fifty Shades Of Grey. I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of seeing people reading it on the bus/train, reading my RSS feed and coming across at least three related posts, and the general chitter chat of people going on and on and on.

I might just be bitter, but please oh please go away Mr Gray. Rant over. The End!



That’s it for this week. Have a fantastic weekend, and hopefully these stories will inspire you to some good things. Make sure you visit me again over the weekend, as I have some more posts going live in the next few days.

Before you leave, take a look at some other Posts I did this week. I’d love your feedback and thoughts…

How To Create A Book Marketing Campaign

Can Fan Fiction Be Part Of Your Book Marketing Strategy

Are You Flooding Your Author Platform


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