Five Writing Lessons I Learned in 2012

As I noted the other day, 2012 has been a pretty big year for me. I’ve not only finished a book, but had it edited, had a nice cover designed, published it myself, and sold copies. That’s, like, a few dreams in one. But 2012 has not been a year without writing...

2012 in Review: Top Writing Influencers of 2012

I’m a regular reader over at Wise, Ink, and I recently stumbled upon a piece where they suggest ten year-end author blog post ideas. What better than to run with all ten and give them a shot in some sort of Christmas/end-of-year special? 2012 has been the year...

Paid Book Reviews: Where Do You Stand?

It was my intention to write the second part of my ‘Self-Publishing Myths’ series today, but a recent development in the publishing world has forced me to push that back to Monday. John Locke, poster boy of indie success, has admitted that he paid for book...

Why I Don’t Hate Fifty Shades of Grey

I realise that the following words are not the most popular, but I have a confession to make: I don’t dislike Fifty Shades of Grey quite as much as some people. No, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, and no, I don’t really intend to. But, put the...

The Death of Physical Christmas?

What does the ‘digital age’ mean for physical Christmas?  allerleirau via Compfight An interesting thought struck me recently, whilst downloading yet another eBook, streaming a film, and adding an album to my Spotify playlist. Simultaneously. What happens...
Confidence Complex – Why Writers NEED Confidence

Confidence Complex – Why Writers NEED Confidence

The benefits of believing in your ability It is said that a fire requires oxygen, heat, and fuel, to prompt a chain reaction. Similarly, I believe that such a formula can lead to a good novel manuscript, too. Before you start setting your pages alight, I’ll...