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Debbie Young

Debbie Young is the UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and the author of fiction and non-fiction. Her Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries series, which currently stands at five novels, begins with Best Murder in Show, and the first in her new Staffroom at St Bride’s series, Secrets at St Bride’s, was published in August 2019. Debbie’s author website is, and you can find her on Twitter at @DebbieYoungBN and on Facebook at Headshot Credit: Angela Fitch Photography

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How to Run an Independent Literary Festival

With stiff competition for indies to get a place in the program of one of the big commercial literature festivals, it’s worth thinking laterally and going about it another way: by starting your own. Whereas the high-profile lit fests depend on famous-name, trade-published authors to sell the tickets that fund their year-round operation, there’s plenty of public appetite for small, friendly indie lit fests offering a different menu of speakers and the chance to meet their next favorite author that they’ve never heard of!

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What is a Cozy Mystery and Why is it So Popular?

Cozy mystery (or cosy mystery, in British English) is the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. As its name suggests, it’s a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world, rather than scared to sleep alone with the lights out.

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Writing 1,000 Words a Day: Finding Better Ways to Measure Productivity & Finish Your Book

Do you lose heart when you see fellow indie authors crowing about 2000, 5000, or 10000 words a day, or launching a new book every quarter, every month, or even every week?

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