Did you know that The Countess of Lovelace was the mathematician responsible for the very first algorithm? She’s the one we can all blame when our books are foundering in the choppy rankings on Amazon. How do I know this? Because I was researching SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED! Many writerly souls have been lost on the… Continue reading The Black Hole of Research
You know that old cliche – you don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps?! Well, welcome to the book business my friend. In the style of Joni Mitchell, I’ve looked at publishing from both sides now – well, three sides to be precise, a triangular perspective with lots of 90 degree… Continue reading Why Writers Are 100% My Type On Paper
Sound the 30 days to launch klaxon!! It’s just T minus 720 hours until my new book, The Story Collector, hits bookshelves and I’ve decided to draw up a helpful list of all the things I should be doing during this final phase of publishery and book launcherism. Panic. I’m particularly good at this and… Continue reading What To Do Before Your Book Launch
A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another. Rebecca Solnit A very strange thing is happening as my new book, The Story Collector, takes its first tentative steps into the world. Advance review copies are winging their way to people and for the first time in my… Continue reading The Author Is Dead, Long Live The Reader
Too soon? Never! I’ve stumbled across so many spectacular reads this year, that I thought I’d do an end of summer review of my favourites. So if you’re looking for ideas for your next read, this one is for you. Historical Fiction GOLDEN HILL Set in 18th century New York, this is a novel that… Continue reading Recommended Reads
You just hit publish, right? That’s what all the articles say. Any idiot can upload a book in minutes. And yes, I suppose any idiot can, but it takes a very informed, dedicated, professional and talented individual to upload a book that people will want to read. A recent Facebook post from a first-time author seeking… Continue reading THE DEFINITIVE SELF-PUBLISHING CHECKLIST ~ For People Who Aren’t Very Organised and are absolute beginners.
Oh writers, what’s with all the judgement? And where is all the tolerance?? This week saw the anonymous letter from a ‘failed novelist’ in The Guardian in which (what we assume) a female writer described her experience of trying to get published. Years of work and emotional investment wasted, I finally gave up, to save my sanity.… Continue reading The Failed Novelist