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NOVELLAS – THE NEXT BIG THING IN SHORT FICTION

Short is good. Short black (as in coffee), short speeches, making short work of shortbread, short cuts, shorthand, making the shortlist, and so on. The list is far from short. And in the final stages of the marathon of novel writing I’m seriously considering trying my hand at short fiction. Not short stories, although I’ve […]

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REWRITING – PLEASURE OR PAIN?

This post is part of my BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED series, in which I promised to share with you my journey of self-publishing and marketing. At the moment I’m in the process of rewriting and editing my romantic comedy manuscript, Perfect Sex. I must admit I love this process. Writers are divided into two […]

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It’s a New Year so Bring on the Birthdays!

  Maggie Counihan is an inspiration – not only to older people but to anyone who is allowing fear or uncertainty to prevent them from pursuing their dream. At the age of 60 Maggie, a divorcee, left her home, her family and friends and comfortable life and backpacked solo around the world for the next […]

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DOWN WITH NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS!

It’s that time of year again. And I don’t mean Christmas. While I’m trying to unglue the end of the roll of Christmas wrapping (Why do they do that? By the time I’ve unglued it I’ve torn half the roll), spraying the cat with Santa snow or up to my armpits in alcohol-drenched dried fruit, […]

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BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED PART 2

In my last post I promised to share with you my start-up marketing plan, which is based on three principles. Start as early as possible, even before you begin your novel. This gives you plenty of time to immerse yourself slowly into marketing waters and build up your confidence and expertise. Start simple. If you […]

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BOOK MARKETING FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED PART 1

Marketing – a word avoided and even feared by many writers. Most of us are shy retiring types to whom blowing our own trumpet is akin to running down the main street stark naked. But it’s more important now than ever. Even if you’re published by a legacy publisher, there’s a limit to how much […]

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How to fall in love again with your trunk novel

How To Fall In Love Again With Your Trunk Novel

So you’ve dragged your manuscript from the depths of the trunk or bottom drawer, tucked away for the last few years under a pile of warranties for goods you no longer own and a bundle of  birthday cards you haven’t had the heart to throw out. Or maybe, like me, you’d sentenced it to literary […]

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From Manuscript to Publication

  There’s never been a more exciting time for writers than now. With the popularity of e-books and the simplicity and low cost of e-book production anyone can be a published author. This doesn’t mean that you can just churn out any old thing and think it will sell. The cream always rises to the […]

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DON’T MURDER YOUR DARLINGS – PUBLISH THEM

Like many writers I have a couple of bottom drawer manuscripts – my first attempts at novel writing destined to fade into dusty obscurity.  I’ve sent them to dozens of publishers and agents, and although I received some positive comments, none liked them enough to publish them. For a while I toyed with the idea […]

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SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NANOWRIMO

It’s almost that time again, when writers hibernate for a month, overindulge in chocolate and coffee, surface wild-haired and bloodshot-eyed to get more supplies and are often heard at night howling literary expletives to the moon. November is Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, when writers all over the world join hands in a virtual Ring […]

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