Monthly Archives: December 2016

Roving Reporter and Guest Blogs

Do you have an informative article to share with Indie Authors?

Plaisted Publishing House

Indie Publishing News Magazine is looking for VOLUNTEER Roving Reporters who would like to submit articles which are Educational, Informative or Short Stories  etc.  

All submissions must have something to do with the Indie Book World be it Editing, or anything else.  All you need to do is sign up for the Group on FACEBOOK and the Magazine to get a submisson acceppted.  All Sign Up Details are in the PINNED POST.

This magazine goes world wide


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Who do you Market?

What is your BRAND and How do you MARKET it?

Plaisted Publishing House

After an interesting discussion with a local bookstore owner, I started to wonder a bit more about MARKETING.  Who or what are we MARKETING.  The books we write or our author names.  Think about it for a moment.  Big business sell their product because the consumer likes their name. It attracts attention. Next they do mouth-watering  adverts to entice you inside.

MacDonald’s anyone?  Golden Arches, Ronald McDonald…We all know this business with their huge logo which is totally in your face.  KFC, Nestle etc. You name it and they all have huge signs grabbing your attention prior to trying to show you how good they are and yep we know some aren’t good at all…Though looking at the second stage of marketing, – what they sell and how they sell it.


How can we sell our author names to the public. How…

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Murder by Christmas: a short story by Jane Risdon FREE to read.

Christmas Murder…A good read 🙂

Jane Risdon

testament-229778_1280I thought I’d post a short story I wrote last year. It’s just over 7,500 words long. If you read it let me know what you think. I really hope you’ll enjoy it.

Here we go:


A Short Story




The reading of Tiffany Blunt’s Will was a subdued affair.  Those who’d hoped to inherit didn’t, and those who had been invited to attend without knowing why, were suddenly beneficiaries.  It was all a bit odd really.

‘I know it’s usual to invite only those named in the Will,’ said Mr. Lewis, Tiffany’s solicitor, ‘but this is an unusual situation. Ms Blunt’s Will hasn’t been what you’d call, standard. I alone know what bequests she has made to charities, and other organisations. As for other beneficiaries, I have been instructed to hand each of you a letter which contains her wishes.  She asks that the…

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Why Supportive Writing Friends Are Like Lighthouses #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

A great anology of those special friends a writer has…



There are times when writing is similar to sailing a small boat, across a stormy sea at night.

Think of your little boat as your creative project and the angry sea being a mixture of your emotions, your recent literary experiences and your writer demons.

You are in total darkness, desperately clinging onto something (which you have little faith in), you have no idea where you are going to end up and you are cursing yourself for even thinking about setting off on a journey like this.

You are desperate…when out of the literary darkness comes this beam of light.

Supportive writing friends are our lighthouses.

  • They are reliable.
  • They shine brightly, even on the darkest and stormiest of nights.
  • Their light always finds you no matter how lost you feel.
  • They can lead you to a safer and calmer place. It may not be where you want to end…

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Why the Reader Put That Book Down

Food for thought. I do remember going back into a book edit and researching flights, helicopters and how far places were from each other. Thanks for the blog. 🙂

Kristen Lamb's Blog


I do a ridiculous amount of reading because it is part of my job as a writer. My job in particular because I blog about craft. I read all genres and go through anywhere from 2-4 books a week. Audible will go bankrupt if I’m ever hit by an ice cream truck.

This said, I think I’m in a fairly good position to guide you guys on pitfalls to avoid from a reader’s POV. These are the mistakes that will have me railing at the heavens and throwing a book across the room…followed by depression because I can never get those wasted hours back.

I just returned a book so bad that I cannot believe I read as much of it as I did. It is a prime example why reviews can be misleading, even good ones.

I finally had to return it because there was just not enough blood…

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Submissions for our Magazine

Magazine Submissions

Plaisted Publishing House

Hello and welcome.  As you may have noticed we have a magazine called Indie Publishing News.  This is a FREE Magazine for Indie Authors and small businesses who support them – Cover Designers, Editors etc.

It has been decided to open up this popular magzine to various submissions.  At this time you can submit an article for:

Short Stories – 500 words only

Blogs with interesting articles or advice for Authors.

We are open to ideas, to make this magazine the best it can be. You can contact us at

Submission Criteria:

You need to join the Indie Publishing News Group on Facebook and Sign up for the magazine if you are an Author or Small Business. To get approved you need to sign up HERE 

You are asked to share the magazine on social media and in emails. This is to grow everyones fan base.  If you…

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Author Interview: Claire Plaisted

Wow this was a while back now 🙂 An awesome interview with a wonderful blogger 🙂


Please welcome today’s guest on Peachy’s Insights, Claire Plaisted, the author the Garrett Investigation Bureau series. Welcome Claire, I am so glad you were able to join us today.

Claire Plaisted profile picCP: Hi Grandma Peachy, thanks for having me here today. Its wonderful to meet you.

GP: Claire, tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and what you do for fun when you’re not writing or reading.

CP: I actually consider myself a Kiwi which is the nickname for a New Zealander. I have lived here for most of my life now. However, I was born in Britain (should have been Wales) where I grew up in the small and historic town of Sandbach. Today Sandbach is one of the top ten places to live in England. Anyway. I decided to be adventurous and travel to New Zealand on my own at the age of 21 where I met…

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To Go from She to He; Or He to She

Thank you for sharing this C A Keith. It is a wonderful read and Mel is an extremely luck young man.

C. A. Keith

img_9565 His struggles are real but I will always walk hand in hand so support him.

Transgender. It’s a word we are all getting familiar with lately. From famous people like Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, and Caitlyn Jenner who all are transgender. There are many misunderstandings about transgender. How can we walk amongst transgender people without discrimination? Should we bring more attention/awareness? How does one bring the topic up? When is it the right time? Or should we just butt out!

Transgender: Transman/Transwoman?
Transgender is a person who feels different from their assigned gender from birth. 
Transwoman is a woman who was assigned male from birth. Likewise, Transman is a man who was assigned female from birth.

Gender identity is a person’s subjective feelings or sense of what his/her gender is which is often different from the assigned gender from birth.

Transition is the process of adopting this new perceived identity…

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35 Questions to Ask When Critiquing a Novel

Questions to ask…Critiquing a Novel

Rachel Poli

Are you beginning the editing stage of your novel? Did someone ask you to critique their novel or are you asking someone else to critique yours?

Here are 35 questions to ask yourself to dig deeper into that story.

Editing Checklist: 35 Questions to ask when Critiquing a Novel

1. Does the opening of the story hook you? Do you want to read more? Why or why not?
2. What are the conflicts (internal and external) in the story? Is a conflict known right away?
3. Are there too many conflicts happening in the book at once? Or is there not enough?
4. Are all the conflicts important to the story and help drive the plot forward?
5. Is the plot clear and believable from the beginning?
6. Is the plot interesting? Will the readers be able to relate to points in the book?
7. Is the plot resolved at the end of the book? Is the reader satisfied at…

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How Does Reading Level Matter in Fiction?

This is why I wonder about Grammar. If your reading level is lower, would you really notice. I have been told several times that the national average age for reading in the USA is 12 years. As an author I may over use certain words, though why complicate them if you don’t have to. This is probably why I enjoyed reading “ON Writing.” by Stephen King. To me it made sense..

Kristen Twardowski

How well do most published authors write? Would you be surprised to hear that Jane Austen wrote at just above a 5th grade level, Stephen King writes at about a 6th grade level, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote at slightly more than a 6th grade level, and Leo Tolstoy wrote at about an 8th grade level?

To find out all of this information, Shane Snow did a readability analysis of the works of different bestselling authors. He based his exploration off of their scores for the Flesch-Kincaid tests, which were developed in 1975 on behalf of the US Navy to assess the difficulty of technical manuals. These tests take into account total words, sentences, and syllables in order to assess a written work’s grade level.

Snow’s analysis found that higher level writing did not necessarily result in successful sales. In fact, the bestselling fiction books that he looked at all fell…

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