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
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
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
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
Whoever said variety is the spice of life obviously knew nothing about the publishing industry. For women’s fiction (that infuriating term) it seems the pendulum has swung wildly to the opposite extreme from the nineties Chick Lit obsession, to a dark and disturbing landscape of Grip Lit, full of domestic violence, rape, child abuse and… Continue reading Tired of Trends?
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
Following on from my piece about Book Snobs, I’ve decided to wade into the murky pool that is ‘Genre’. Genre is what keeps us innocent readers from picking up the wrong kind of book by accident (God forbid), but do we really trust the ‘genre police’ to get it right? Some genres… Continue reading The Wacky World Of Genres