The other day I read a tweet about preparing for festival season. I assumed that it was related to Electric Picnic or Glastonbury, advising us to get our ‘festival on’ by donning the obligatory uniform of wellies, trilby and cut off shorts. But imagine my surprise, dear reader, when I realised the tweet was referring… Continue reading A Party Of One
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
I’ve just begun outlining my fourth novel. No-one is more surprised at reading those words than I am! Obviously, I’m still in the honeymoon period, meeting the characters, sussing out locations. There’s nothing like starting back at the beginning to remind you how delicate this process is and how, at one point, writing more than… Continue reading When One Novel Isn’t Enough
Originally published on Swirl and Thread as part of #IrishWritersWed “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Westward Ho – Samuel Beckett Full disclosure: I’ve never even read Beckett. However I am a sucker for inspirational quotes (if only I could remember them!). I immediately pinned this one, in the hope… Continue reading Fail Better
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
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