How To Sell Books

How To Sell Books

I love How To articles. There are millions of them floating around the ether of the internet. Some of my favourites include, ‘How to drink a martini’, ‘How to train your dragon’, ‘How to knit a hat’ and ‘How to get a cold’. Just amazing how many things there are that we just don’t know how to do, but can learn how to in seconds. But to return to the subject at hand, as a writer, author, general factotum and dreamer, I believe I do know a little about ‘How to sell books’. I mean, that’s what I do; or starve. Rest assured though, I don’t starve, but as most

Repeat After Me. Don’t Repeat

Repeat After Me. Don’t Repeat

This easiest way to send a reader sound asleep is by being repetitive. Not only by repetitive elements in the story but by grammatical repetition. This is an easy trap to fall into, particularly in dialogue. Even four or five uses of ‘he said or she said’ will be enough to induce reader slumber. A writer needs to have a large toolbox of reporting verbs and be grammatically acrobatic to produce interesting, realistic and flowing dialogue. Think about linking dialogue so even the use of reporting is unnecessary, or at least moving the reporting verb to the beginning from time to time. Another repetition trap is vocabulary that may go

A Taste Of Aussie Poetry

A Taste Of Aussie Poetry

Some weeks ago I posted a taste of two of my favourite Australian poets, A.B ‘Banjo’ Patterson and Henry Lawson. So, as I did it once, I thought I would do it again, with one of my all time favourites. The Geebung Polo Club  BY A. B. ‘Banjo’ Patterson It was somewhere up the country, in a land of rock and scrub, That they formed an institution called the Geebung Polo Club. They were long and wiry natives from the rugged mountainside, And the horse was never saddled that the Geebungs couldn’t ride; But their style of playing polo was irregular and rash — They had mighty little science, but

Why Enhanced Ebooks Are A Flop

Why Enhanced Ebooks Are A Flop

What’s the problem with enhanced ebooks? From day one of ebooks, there has been the expectation that enhanced ebooks would develop quickly from more than just an electronic text version of a traditional book. Being an electronic data file, an ebook has the possibility to include images, video, audio, interactive maps and any number of other multimedia components that we all take for granted now when we access the Internet or use apps on our smartphones and tablets. So why do ebooks still look exactly the same as they did when they first hit the market? Why are they still only black and white text, with the very rare photo added, often seemingly