“Writers not helping each other? Rubbish.”

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.”

What a difference a year makes…

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…

Being Published in “The Box Under The Bed”

Another of my fellow contributors to the scary anthology describes the experience. I have just revisited Adele’s story to remind me of its brilliance. It is a remarkable achievement to combine the slowly building tension of a classic horror story with a powerful statement about attitudes to mental illness. But it is just one of 27 tales from 20 different authors in this book. A cornucopia of stories to set your skin creeping and your blood curdling. Perfect for Halloween or any dark night. Source: Being Published in “The Box Under The Bed” Continue reading Being Published in “The Box Under The Bed”

What does it mean to be an Indie Author?

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?

Media Training for Authors – Advertising – Covers, Titles and Key Words by Sally Cronin

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

Home – what does it mean to you?

This post was suggested by The Writing Reader’s prompt #1753, the first line of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Last night I dreamed I was back in Urishay, a small community of farms and cottages in the hills above the Golden Valley, close to the Black Mountains that mark the border between England and Wales. I was a babe in arms when I first arrived there with my mother and grandmother. It was to be my home for the next 14 years. Our cottage had thick walls of local stone. A stream ran in a deep ravine with two waterfalls behind … Continue reading Home – what does it mean to you?

Is ‘The General Reader’ a Mythical Creature?

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?

Crowd Funding: connecting creatives and savers

In my bookcase there is a volume entitled The Book of the Lincolnshire Seaside. Published in 1981 as part of the centenary celebrations of Nottingham University, it was written by an alumnus of that institution, David A Robinson. It describes the geology, geography and history of the coastline from the north bank of the Wash to the south bank of the Humber. My copy is number 173. At the back is a list of 810 ‘subscribers’, including me at 173. I recently finished reading Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera. You can find my review at … Continue reading Crowd Funding: connecting creatives and savers