I sometimes wonder what kind of advice would have helped me five years ago, before publishing my first book. Or if I would have heeded any of it. With that in mind, here’s a little checklist for anyone starting out on their writing journey… Get a good chair. I have done my best to ignore… Continue reading So You Want To Be A Writer…
Up until this week, my novel was a manuscript bound by little more than hope and a dream. But now, The Story Collector has been enveloped by a design that I have to say, I love! So without further ado, here it is… I am not exaggerating when I say my publisher (Urbane Publications) was… Continue reading My Book Has A Face!
It’s almost 2018 and you know what that means? The Year of The Story Collector!! No other books will be published this year, well, none that matter anyway 😉 And what’s more, I have my date (which oddly makes me feel like I’m getting married). The Story Collector will be available to read on… 14th… Continue reading 2018 – New Year, New Book
Want to celebrate the season with a little more calm and a little less crazy? Then this one’s for you. We’re surrounded by it. Magazines and TV shows have been telling me how to slow-roast a turkey since November and how to ‘get my sparkle on’. But the funny thing is, we went through all… Continue reading christmas, with a little c
As most of you will not have noticed at all, because you have your own lives, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from social media. And it has been good. While most writers talk about taking a break from writing, I’m talking about a break from being ‘visible’, ‘out there’ and ‘switched on’. … Continue reading A Writer’s Holiday
Life is funny. I never thought I’d find myself down an old country lane, asking a tatooed mechanic, “Is this the right way for the portal to the Otherworld?” Only in Ireland, as they say. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. As anyone who has read my stories will know, I have a bit… Continue reading Finding The Otherworld
In a recent article I wrote for The Irish Times, I set out to examine why writers find the question ‘What’s your book about?’ so tricky to answer. Apart from filling your cheeks with air and slowly forcing it out through your mouth, what can you say about the behemoth that has taken over your… Continue reading The Dreaded Question – What’s Your Book About?
What a fun weekend I’ve had, trying to ‘Purge hidden corruption’ in my book files using the ‘Nuclear method’ to avoid any AutoVetter errors. If you have no idea what I’ve just said, then you’ve not had the pleasure of uploading your book to an aggregator. You haven’t lived. Why am I doing this? I… Continue reading eBook Aggregators – A fun guide
Fame costs, as the 80’s TV show Fame once claimed, in all its leg-warmer glory. You know what else costs? Illegal downloading of books. They might not cost the person downloading them, or the scumbags who stole the content in the first place, but it costs the one person who should really be rewarded for… Continue reading eBooks – The Illegal Download
Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci Creativity is something that refuses to be measured by calendars; laughs at deadlines and always begs the question, ‘Could I make this better?’ Leonardo is right, at some point you just have to walk away, but how do you know when that is? As many… Continue reading How To Tell When Your Novel Is Finished