Following a recent discussion with an online book-club (which I am now ripping off for this blog!) the subject of covers reared its’ pretty head. Pretty being the operative word, and a pejorative one in this case. A male reader asked the question, why do publishers insist of giving female authors the kind of covers… Continue reading Women’s Fiction: The Big Cover Up
I always enjoy reading the Proust Questionnaire in my local newspaper, as it gives a delightful insight into all different types of people, without actually telling you anything useful. So, I’m hoping to mimic this fine art of quizzery, but with authors in mind, in this newfangled thing I like to call 20 questions! It’s… Continue reading 20 Questions ~ Chapter 1
We’ve all heard the saying, it takes a village to raise a child, implying that parents alone cannot possibly provide everything a child needs to mature into adulthood. But what does this have to do with books? I’ve been reading quite a few ‘bestsellers’ recently and they all have one thing in common: the acknowledgements… Continue reading It Takes A Village To Write A Book
Idiots? No, books on Amazon. Apparently there’s an idiot born every minute, which unfortunately seems about right, but this blog is about publishing. So with a mountain of new books being published by both Indie authors and traditional publishers every few minutes, how can you get your book noticed? There’s nothing like typing the… Continue reading One Born Every 5 Minutes
The Cinderella Complex is defined as an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others. And let’s face it, we all have times in our lives when we feel like that, which is perfectly okay. But pinning all of your hopes on being rescued by someone or something outside of yourself won’t really… Continue reading The Cinderella Complex
The Words is a 2012 movie written by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, which pretty much went under the radar. Well, under my radar anyway – which is highly unusual because it stars the not-so-bad-looking Bradley Cooper (who also happens to be a pretty brilliant actor :)) and it’s about a struggling author, trying to get… Continue reading Would you steal another writer’s work?
So I asked myself the question… what made me pick up my latest book purchase (which was ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’ by the way)? Was it the cover? Not really, it looks kind of cartooney and not really my thing. Was it the title? Nope, I can’t say it really grabbed me or begged to… Continue reading The Importance of Blogger Reviews