So it turns out that other people have also written books over the last couple of years – imagine that! So instead of dropping not-so-subtle hints about my own book, I thought I’d take a breather and recommend some lovely books I’ve read so far this year. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock was always going… Continue reading 3 Gorgeous Books For Historical Fiction Lovers
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
Making art isn’t an exact science. So much is down to happenstance and luck, and I always admire authors who attribute their success to a strange marriage of dull slog and serendipity. I recently read what was, in my eyes, a near perfect novel, but during a conversation with another reader, she pointed out some… Continue reading The Perfect Book
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.
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