Out of every 100 copies of my book sold, approximately 2 people will leave a review. At least that’s what the statistics say, but empirical evidence shows that it is far less. The fact is that most readers don’t see the connection between leaving a review and improving the book’s visibility on Amazon or Goodreads. … Continue reading What Is A Review Worth?
‘There is no such thing as a new idea’, Mark Twain once wrote. Which is bad news for anyone trying to be original! But as he goes on to say, we can create new and endless numbers of new combinations. Still, what if you find that you keep coming up with ideas that have already… Continue reading When Someone Has Already Written Your Book
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
I read somewhere that you don’t become a writer; you discover you are one, and I suppose that’s what happened to me. People always talk about their love of books as a child, but I also had a love of stories and storytelling. So much so, that I often made up my own and told… Continue reading My Writing Life
It was a bit disappointing to hear about a bookstore chain getting a bashing this week. Not least because I can’t wait to see my own book, The Story Collector, stocked there! I wrote a post last year about Book Snobs and how readers often feel judged for what they read as well as how… Continue reading Books Are For Everyone
When you write books, people are gonna want to ask you stuff. It is very important that you LIE when answering these questions. Lie through your teeth and don’t ever let them find out the truth. As a helpful resource, I’ve put together a mock interview, a mockterview if you will, to guide you through … Continue reading Writers – What Not To Say
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
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
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?
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