I think 2023 was a year to forget for me. The good news is that I have recently had some improvement in both my wrists and my neck/shoulders, and I am generally feeling more positive about doing things. The decision
November already, and it brings NaNo to plenty of minds and keyboards. It’s this month’s question, too. PJ Colando, Jean Davis,Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight! Question of the Month November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why
I was intending to review my rereads of the Princelings this week, but I found the IWSG Question of the month so interesting, I knew I couldn’t do both subjects justice in one post. If you’d like to see what
Earlier this month I spent about three days revisiting the Princelings books. I reread books 4 through to 10 to see what I think of them now. Importantly, to see how the recommendations work that I’ve been giving to people
Happy birthday to the Insecure Writers Support Group – 12 years old today! A birthday review of the last 12 years When I read the question of the month, I realised that in 2011 I was preparing to publish the
Publishing my books has become more difficult recently. I thought I might as well tell you about it, since I’ve been praising Blurb.com for years, and now it seems things are changing. Kate Larkinsdale, Diane Burton, Janet Alcorn, and Shannon Lawrence! The Cavies of
Junior books are what I would call early or pre-middle grade. They are for youngsters reading to enjoy a story, which may have some mild danger in it, but still learning many words. I decided there was demand locally for
Character emotions are important. Anyone who writes characters who don’t at least show their emotions in their inner thoughts (deep POV) is not likely to engage their readers. Fortunately we have two major aids for this. Books like the wonderful
Oh look, I’m cohosting today! Welcome to 2023, and I hope it brings good things for you. I particularly like this month’s Question, which gives plenty of scope for thinking about the year ahead. Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, T. Powell
Having trouble with comments seems to be a thing at present. I thought it was just me, but then Damyanti wrote a blog post asking for feedback, and I sent her quite a lot. And then I worked out why
A question about my favourite genre this month for the IWSG question of the month. Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox! What is my favourite genre? Despite starting out writing gentle, clean, interesting mysteries set in a fantasy world populated
‘What sells’ reflects on my first year of doing Craft & Gift Fairs through a wonderful South of England company called Mynt Image Ltd. ‘What would I not tackle’ is the IWSG question for today. Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle
Paperbacks; aren’t they nice to have? Recent events have made me think more about paperback (softcover) editions, and I thought I’d ask you for your thoughts. Next month I’ll review my first year of selling my paperbacks at Craft Fairs.
Which world would I like to live in? That’s the IWSG question today. I’m glad I can answer it because I can’t think of anything to write about just now. My brain is fried, and my inbox is overwhelming me.
The indie book world is constantly changing. There are many posts out there with a far more knowledgeable view of it than mine, I’m just an ideas person. This post is really to record some ideas I had during and