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Interesting Links – October 2016

Meet the author of the Worst Witch series of children’s books, Jill Murphy. She sensibly advocates the need to read to children rather than just turning them loose with an iPad. Click here to read more. Shirley Jackson – featured as one my spooky reads this month – comes under the spotlight in this review of her biography by Ruth Franklin. This is a writer who deserves much more attention than she got in her lifetime, both from a literary and personal perspective. Click here to learn more. Two powerful and simple antidotes to the vices of our digital media culture: read old books and have good friends. Click here to learn more. Feast of horror! Thirty reads from An American Psycho to Dracula via The Exorcist and on until The Silence of the Lambs – delicious! Click here for more about these scary reads.

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Killer Women: Rachel Abbott & Louise Voss

In this article Rachel Abbott and Louise Voss talk about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Voss is what’s known as a ‘hybrid author’, with a publisher for some of her books whilst others are self-published. All of Abbott’s novels are self-published in the UK. In 2015 she was named as the No.1 self-published author on Amazon Kindle UK and the fourteenth best-selling author overall. Louise Voss: Hi Rachel! Many writers these days are asking themselves whether they should self-publish or try to get a traditional deal. So, let’s kick off with why you chose to self-publish. Rachel Abbott: Some people believe that writers only self-publish because they can’t get a publishing deal. But that’s not always true. I self-publish out of choice. I like being my own boss and making the decisions, and for now I am prepared to put in the extremely long hours I

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News and Events

Jersey Festival of Words: This is the second JFOW, a five-day literary festival featuring visiting and local writers, poets and events, writing workshops, competitions and more. This year’s festival will take place between September 28th and October 2nd, and will see us welcoming internationally renowned writers including Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières, Louise Doughty and Alison Weir to the island. My presentation is on October 1 – Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing and for once I won’t have to travel very far – Jersey is only 30 minutes from my home on Alderney. Learn more at www.JerseyFestivalofWords.org Good Housekeeping Self-publishing Masterclass: Always dreamed of publishing your book but don’t know where to start? Come and meet three of who have made a success of self-publishing and learn how we did it. On the panel with me are Tracy Bloom, author of No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday, an ebook number 1 best-seller in the UK in

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News and Events

Bloody Scotland : This will be my first time at Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling on September 9-11. I’ll be in conversation with fellow author Melanie Raabe on September 10 discussing the title “Can you trust the narrator or your favourite crime novel?” – you’ll have to attend to find out! While you’re there you can go to panels with Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Ben McPherson to name but a few. Find out more at www.BloodyScotland.com Jersey Festival of Words : This is the second JFOW, a five-day literary festival featuring visiting and local writers, poets and events, writing workshops, competitions and more. This year’s festival will take place between September 28th and October 2nd, and will see us welcoming internationally renowned writers including Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières, Louise Doughty and Alison Weir to the island. My presentation is on October 1 – Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing and for once I won’t

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Rachel’s all-new newsletter

I am excited to be able to tell you that the “Rachel Abbott team” is working together to create a monthly newsletter for book addicts and it will be all about books – and not just mine, of course. Each month we include an article that will generally be written by a guest author, talking about their writing, but occasionally I might chip in. We’re also going to include brief reviews and recommendations of other books that I, or other readers have particularly enjoyed. This may be your chance to write about something you have read too! There are contact details at the end of the newsletter. If there is any news, such as events that I might be appearing at, or others that sound interesting, we’ll let you know here, and I’ll also talk a bit about my writing day – the highs and the lows. Each month we will