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
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
There’s something about the start of a new year that always induces a collective existential crisis. We’ve all been allowed to indulge ourselves for about a nanosecond, and now it’s time to overhaul our creaking ship of a life and become better people. TODAY! At this very moment, people are being mowed down by MAMIL’s… Continue reading Every Day Is January 1st
In this episode of 20 questions, I’m delighted to introduce the ‘powerhouse’ that is Lorna Sixsmith (a name that, according to my friend Google, is derived from her occupation as a shoe-smith! Is there anything this woman can’t do?!). Lorna has combined her two passions – farming and writing, to create a series of books… Continue reading 20 Questions ~ Chapter 4
Why do we do it? Is it because, as the saying goes, everyone has a book in them? While that may be true, getting that book to come out is really where all the trouble starts. Writing is an absolute slog. Apparently, only 3% of those who set out to write a novel actually… Continue reading Why Do Writers Write?
Next up for the quick-fire round of 20 questions is newcomer Niels Saunders. The most important thing you need to know about Niels? Do Not Challenge This Man To A Chili Eating Competition! You will lose. And if you want to find out why he’s holding a pineapple, you’ll have to read his book. Take… Continue reading 20 Questions ~ Chapter 3
As I strolled through the park the other morning (I say morning, could have been tea-time, but who’s counting) I realised that the life of a writer is really quite similar to that of an old-age pensioner. Don’t switch off! This is a good thing!! Seeing as the public at large like to view the… Continue reading How Being A Writer Can Prepare You For Old Age!