Aug 172014

I liked this one a lot. Some of the answers are just guesses. A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: Agatha Christie, I think. B. Best Sequel Ever: I don’t know if it’s the best ever, but Bring Up The Bodies was an even more enjoyable read than Wolf Hall. C. Currently Reading: Betty Neels, Polly. D. Drink of Choice While Reading: Lady Grey tea. Or actually the very expensive and delicious Fortnums version, Countess Grey. E. E-Reader or Physical Books: Kindle. You will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands. F. Fictional Character You Would [read more]

 August 17, 2014  10 Responses »
Aug 162014

There is a truism among the self-publishing fraternity that the way to make money is to write a series of books, make the first one free, and watch the cash roll in. As a side note, this advice is useless to me, since I am congenitally incapable of writing series. But there is a problem with series in romance. A romance has to have a focus on the central relationship AND an emotionally satisfying ending, whether that’s Happy Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN). So how do you write book 2, when you’ve already reached that ending in [read more]

 August 16, 2014  15 Responses »
Aug 112014

I’ve been sorting through my office and I have several books I’d like to sell. I had a look at Amazon and the fees they charge are high! If they don’t sell here, I’ll maybe list them on ebay, but I thought I’d try cutting out the middle man first.  I haven’t read them all and I am not endorsing their content! I haven’t included p&p, but I’ll charge that at cost. Payment via Paypal, please.  May be open to offers, especially if you’re buying more than one book. If you’re interested in any of them please email me (use [read more]

 August 11, 2014  2 Responses »
Aug 072014

Following a recent twitter convo, it occurred to me that this is a question which comes up again and again, and about which I have strong views. So here they are, helpfully gathered into one place in the hope that one day they may be useful to someone. Maybe you! First, know yourself. The best way to build an author website will depend, in large part, on who you are and what you want to do. If you have no interest in learning how to do it yourself, and have money to throw at it, then find yourself a good [read more]

 August 7, 2014  2 Responses »
Jul 182014

I am not an expert in game theory but I have watched a lot of game shows. A few years ago, there was one on British TV which involved two strangers having to negotiate with each other before secretly selecting either to share or take all the money. If they both agreed to share the prize, they would do so. If one of them said they would share while the other said they’d take it all, the sharer would get nothing and the take it all person would take it all. If they both said they’d take it all, they’d [read more]

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Jul 162014

I read Courtney Milan’s latest book last night and this morning. I really, really liked it. One of the things I like about it is the way it ends. I’m not going to spoil it for you but I am going to say what I did on twitter earlier. I think Free epitomises the ‘undiminished heroine’. That is, she ends the book with more opportunities and choices than she had at the start. She has her man, yes, of course. She has love, deep and fierce and real. She’s had to make choices and compromises. But when Edward says to [read more]

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Jul 142014
Category, continuity and familiarity

At the RNA conference I talked to several authors who write for the Harlequin Kiss/M&B Modern Tempted line. Or at least, authors who used to write for that line, since it’s being pulled. It’s had a chequered history, further complicated by the way it’s been marketed differently in different geographical markets. In a twitter discussion earlier, I wondered where writers like Kelly Hunter would now find their niche and several people said that her books used to be published as Presents/Modern. I was surprised by that, so I did a little googling. I think her career is illustrative of the [read more]

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Jul 122014

Up with the lark and over to the college in good time for my editor appointment. I re-read my chapter and synopsis and made some notes of things I thought I might want to emphasise that didn’t really come out in the synopsis. And tried not to panic. Reader, I babbled. I babbled about cows and piglets. I babbled about my previous publishing career. I babbled about the book. Eventually I remembered to stop talking and let her say something. She said she liked it! She liked my writing. She thought it was exciting and hooked her from the first [read more]

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Jul 112014
RNA Conference

Is happening. Today, tomorrow and Sunday. I am only going today and tomorrow and, since it is happening half an hour away from where I live, I am going as a day visitor. I write this from the comfort of my own home at the end of the first day. It’s being held at the agricultural college where my brother was a student, many years ago, and which is now calling itself a university. I mean, it is a university and they are allowed to call themselves that, but it is still basically an agricultural college. I spent some happy [read more]

 July 11, 2014  4 Responses »
Jul 072014

I said on twitter a couple of days ago that I’m enjoying my BFB read so much it almost feels like cheating. After reading Wolf Hall in the spring, Bring Up The Bodies is wonderfully familiar and I am lapping it up. It’s not just knowing the characters and the setting (and indeed many of the events, since this is historical fiction). It’s also feeling comfortable with Mantel’s prose. These books are very different from my normal genre fare and it did take quite a lot of perseverance a the beginning of Wolf Hall. Miss Bates is reading Wolf Hall [read more]

 July 7, 2014  6 Responses »