When is enough editing, enough? Years ago, before the age of ‘print-on-demand’ I sought out a fabulous local woman, who edited for magazines and books. She was extremely thorough and transformed my books from my amateur first attempts into ‘professional masterpieces’. However, it is a costly process and, when you don’t make the money back… Continue reading Editing…editing… and more editing
To be an author is interesting – for one thing I feel shy with publicity and, for another, you have to get out there to promote, promote and PROMOTE your book. But I don’t want to rub my books in people’s faces. I don’t want that to be the only thing I ever talk about. Often my stories are… Continue reading A writer’s reflection
Lately, I’ve revisited a book I’d written about 20 years ago and wanted to upgrade it by giving it a word diet. I’ve managed to reduce it by over 8,000 unnecessary words and it reads so much better. I look back knowing it was my best at the time with the knowledge of writing that I… Continue reading Revisiting past novels.
It’s so wonderful to be able to write a novel and be able to publish it. No longer do we have to wait for publishers to decide whether our books are worthy to be read by others or not, after spending months and months sitting on a slush pile. No longer do we have… Continue reading The Frustrations of Writing
When you’ve created your book and you’re somewhat feeling daunted or overwhelmed by the idea of getting it published in paperback, I want to reassure you that it’s a very painless experience that leaves you on a high when your title finally arrives at the door. Create Space literally takes away this stress for you. You have… Continue reading Create Space titles
I’ve been busy lately using Create Space to turn my kindle books into paperbacks and I’m thrilled with the results. The Story of Pilly-Pod is now available from Amazon at the touch of a button. I cannot praise the company enough for the works of art they produce. If you are thinking of turning your… Continue reading Using Create Space
As part of the new curriculum in the UK we have to cover ‘British Values’. As a school we decided to tackle this through KS2 assemblies where each teacher chooses an area of interest to them to talk to the kids about it. There are about 350 children in Key Stage 2. Just before Christmas I… Continue reading Video mad