Twitter has changed my life, via the connections made with other authors and editors. This is a collection of some of the things I’ve learned during four years on this social network.
I was recently forced into changing the design of this site, because the little piece of software that controls its appearance was no longer supported. (Rats.)
This turned out to be a good thing, because it made me think hard about what I wanted on my site. I mulled over what helps or irritates me on other people’s blogs and websites. I hope that what I’ve learned might help give you a headstart.
Hello writer! Yes, I’m talking to you, slouching in that squishy armchair in the dimly-lit room with a laptop balanced on your knee.
I’ve been writing and/or editing for a living for more than 20 years, and I have made every hideous mistake a writer can make in protecting their health.
On a recent run of insane deadlines, 12 hours per day in front of the computer for weeks on end, I decided to actually plan it differently to try to protect my health. These were the results…
When I try to set my writing goals for the months ahead, I find a number of popular myths about writing circling around me and nipping at my heels again.
Maybe they’ve disrupted your dreams too. Join me in a debunking!
It took me by surprise how stressed I became in the lead-up to publishing my debut thriller Poison Bay last week. This is what I think caused the fear… and what I did about it.
During the final preparations to publish my debut novel, I’ve come across some great articles that have challenged me to rethink two basic tactics we can use to market our books.
These are solid-gold tools that take a little time in the original setup, and then keep working quietly for us for months or years to come with just the occasional tweak. And they needn’t cost us much at all. What’s not to love about that?
A few weeks ago, I posted an article about whether or not we should use images of people on our book covers. I also displayed two alternative covers for my upcoming novel Poison Bay — one with a person on it and one without.
Today I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of seeking feedback in this way, and some things I learned about how to make the most of it if you do decide to invite feedback for your own book covers.
Every time I post about beta readers and how wonderful and essential they are, I get more requests for how to find some.
People want quick answers. Their manuscript is ready to be critiqued NOW. And as many of us know, the best betas can be hard to find.
This brings me to the brutal truth about beta readers…
I’m always saying how hard it is to proofread our own writing. But there are those situations where we need to do it. How can we increase our accuracy?
In WQ, the magazine of the Queensland Writers Centre, I read an intriguing article about the brain science behind this thorny problem… and some possible solutions!
I tracked down Alison Quigley, author of the article, and she has generously agreed to share it here on my blog…
There’s a lot of debate in self-publishing circles about whether book covers should have people on them or not, and how this impacts sales.
This is an issue close to my heart as I prepare to self-publish my debut novel. Read on for the process I’m going through to figure it out.