I have a very exciting announcement to make…. Absolutely thrilled that the very talented @evgaughan will be publishing her novel The Story Collector with Urbane https://t.co/1Bl1RViby9 pic.twitter.com/CLDH831mqq — Matthew at Urbane (@urbanepub) June 20, 2017 Dear readers, I am so happy and excited to confirm that I have just signed with Urbane Publications! As… Continue reading Book News
If I hear one more author tell me how VITALLY IMPORTANT a mailing list is, I think I’ll scream. Swear words. The bad ones. The more observant among you will notice a new pop-up box asking you to join MY mailing list – don’t run away!! This is merely my feeble attempt to jump on… Continue reading The Magical Mailing List
I’ve just begun outlining my fourth novel. No-one is more surprised at reading those words than I am! Obviously, I’m still in the honeymoon period, meeting the characters, sussing out locations. There’s nothing like starting back at the beginning to remind you how delicate this process is and how, at one point, writing more than… Continue reading When One Novel Isn’t Enough
My previous post about reviews (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) was all about garnering reviews without annoying people or driving yourself crazy. However, I think this subject deserves a sequel, because asking for something and getting it are two entirely different things. I recently received a 1 star review on Amazon which read… Continue reading Reviews – The Sequel
Remember when you first started writing your book and your overriding thought was, ‘I just hope somebody reads it!’? All authors, whether self-published or traditionally published, are increasingly responsible for the promotion and marketing of their books (when I say increasingly, can the self-published authors at the back stop sniggering!). Time was when marketing departments… Continue reading Reviews: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Well here we are again, same questions – different author! In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that our next author, Neal Doran and I go way back. We set up our own writing group together called The Inklings while he was working on his manuscript (something about rings?) and I had just… Continue reading 20 Questions ~ Chapter 2
‘What are you wearing?’ Those four words will never again have the same tone of innuendo for me, not if I can get my hands on one of these bad boys! Let me set the scene: I’m on the sofa, eating my favourite strawberry granola, cup of tea in hand, when I rather absently flick… Continue reading Writer’s Wardrobe – Problem Solved!
It’s fair to say that for most authors, writing is not their full-time job. Even traditionally published authors, with the relative ‘security’ that affords, are reluctant to give up the day job and base their entire earnings on the whims of the book industry. And so they live a double life, where they seem like… Continue reading In My Secret Life
When writers are asked, ‘Where do you get your inspiration from?’ and they reply with a vague, ‘Oh everywhere and anywhere really’, they’re actually telling the truth. You never know where your next idea will come from and more often than not, it finds its roots in some throw-away comment or idea that just manages… Continue reading Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?
We’ve all seen them, perhaps even downloaded a few, but do we ever read them? Free ebooks, whether they are part of the Kindle Select program or a promotional drive, are a controversial aspect of self-publishing. As a new author, it’s a difficult decision to make. Do I list my book with Kindle Select and… Continue reading For Free Or Not For Free…