This is why I’m excited about being part of this ‘scary story’ project. My story is based on real events that took place in the North Atlantic in December 1835, involving an Irish ship en-route from Nova Scotia to Limerick. Source: “Writers not helping each other? Rubbish.” Continue reading “Writers not helping each other? Rubbish.”
Juliet Nubel was born in Glasgow but now live in France. She began revealing her writing to the public just a year ago, as she explains below. She is one of the 20 authors who have contributed to the anthology “The Box Under The Bed”. Her story is heart-breakingly tragic rather than “scary” in the usually accepted sense. It occupies just two pages at the end of which you find yourself asking “what would I have done in that situation?” A situation, by the way, faced by many people every day. Source: What a difference a year makes… Continue reading What a difference a year makes…
If you thought being a writer was just a matter of sitting down and putting your thoughts onto paper, this is for you. There’s a lot more to being an author, especially if you lack the backing of one of the big publishing houses. Even then, you still have to do a lot of this other stuff. Source: What does it mean to be an Indie Author? Continue reading What does it mean to be an Indie Author?
All the pre-ordered Kindle editions of the anthology are now with readers. And here, already, is another review! “each [of the stories] is a darned good read” What are you waiting for? Source: Our Review of The Box Under The Bed by Dan Alatorre @savvystories #Horror Continue reading Our Review of The Box Under The Bed by Dan Alatorre @savvystories #Horror
I’ve heard fellow authors complain about what they see as a lack of support from other writers. Not a charge you can level against Sally Cronin. Here she explains the importance of getting each element of your sales pitch spot on. Source: Media Training for Authors – Advertising – Covers, Titles and Key Words by Sally Cronin Continue reading Media Training for Authors – Advertising – Covers, Titles and Key Words by Sally Cronin
As writers we all aspire to produce great literature. But what, precisely, does that mean? According to Merriam-Webster, one definition is: written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance. It’s that last bit, about lasting importance, that carries the rub for contemporary writers. How old will we be when we see the physical evidence of that? Perhaps, if a writer is clever enough to produce high quality work in his or her twenties, by the time he or she is my age it might be clear. If he … Continue reading Literature: #atozchallenge
The other day I read an interesting blog post by a literary agent. Although originally produced in December 2015, it had been shared on March 20th in The Writing Reader’s ‘Carnival of Creativity‘. In the post, originally published on Jane Friedman’s blog, Rebecca Faith Heyman contends that too many writers have no idea who their audience is. When asked, they are apt to respond with a sentence containing the phrase ‘every reader’. Every reader, she insisted, does not exist. He or she is a myth. I beg to differ – although I would substitute ‘general reader’ for ‘every reader’. “In … Continue reading Is ‘The General Reader’ a Mythical Creature?
I have posted previously about my experience using CreateSpace. I thought it might be useful for people to see a guide to what other options are available for getting your book into print. If you haven’t considered doing so, it is worth remembering that thirty-six percent of book buyers read only print books. That’s according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Codex Groups and quoted in this New York Times article. It is a significant chunk of the market that you are unable to reach if you limit yourself to digital. CreateSpace, and the other businesses I’ll be reviewing … Continue reading Getting Your Book Into Print.
No painter/decorator worth his salt would apply gloss paint to a door without first treating it with primer and undercoat. And, before any of that, a good sanding down is in order. So why do some writers think the ‘gloss’ of proof reading is all they need before publishing? Eamon did an excellent job on my latest novel, Transgression. This is why: http://writingfromtheoutsidein.blogspot.ie/2016/01/the-folly-of-taking-shortcuts-have-your.html Continue reading Primer, Undercoat, Gloss.