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CreateSpace and KDP have merged: what it means for authors

Most self-published authors are familiar with CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand service, and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the Kindle ebook service. There’s been talk for a while of Amazon’s CreateSpace closing down, but the rumours have now been proved true, as the service shut its doors to new accounts at the end of August. However, this isn’t the …

The unexpected bonuses of writing a book

Back in 2013 I wrote my book, The Boy From Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD. I’d always wanted to write a book and it was really just my own blind ambition that led to it actually happening. What I wasn’t expecting was that writing a book would open a whole lot of opportunities for …

The Proof Fairy is back in business!

The Proof Fairy’s first rule of blogging – do it regularly. Don’t make your website look like a wasteland, with the occasional blog post every now and then, and gaping silent gaps in between. It doesn’t create a good impression of your business,it doesn’t do you any favours ….. And what happens on my own site? …

Fake it till you make it … Is it always a good idea?

How often have you heard the phrase “Fake it till you make it” – particularly when it comes to business? Right from when you first start your business, even though you’re working in your dressing gown in a corner of the bedroom, even though you haven’t actually got any clients yet and the cat answers your …

7 Tips to Help You Become an Expert Blogger

I’m a big fan of blogging, not least because it goes a long way in positioning people as experts. In fact, blogging on one of my other websites has worked perfectly for presenting me as an expert on one particular topic – for my status as an “expert blogger” gifted me a slot on Sky News! …

For amazing people everywhere – what’s YOUR story?

Every year in March we celebrate International Women’s Day (and before anyone complains, yes there is an International Men’s Day too!). I’m not a huge fan of these “days” – they normally seem to be a bit of a waste of time – but reading about International Women’s Day got me thinking about all the …

10 Tips for Getting Out of a Rut

We all get stuck in a rut at times and sometimes it can be difficult to know how to change your mood and get things moving again. This happened to me a while ago – we’d had a house move forced on us and although the new place was lovely, I lost a lot of …

A New Year – a New Service!

It’s 2015, a shiny new year – and a fitting time to introduce a new business to the Proof Fairy portfolio! Last year I spent six months training as an NLP practitioner and business/life coach. It was a challenging time and helped me grow in many ways – and I also learned a lot of …

In Memory of Candida Lycett Green

One autumn day in 2010 I took a call on the business phone. “I need a website,” the caller said. “I don’t really know why, or how they work, but I’ve been told I need a website and I gather you’re the person that does things like that.” The caller’s name? Candida Lycett Green – …