The Self Publishing Rules

The Self Publishing Rules

The self-publishing rules Self-publishing is the buzz word nowadays. When I look at the contacts I have on the various social media platforms I use, one could be led to believe that half the world are now aspiring, budding or indeed self-publishing authors. With so many books being published by so many authors each and every day, I thought it might be about time that I set about explaining the Golden Rules of self-publishing. Golden Rule Number 1. There are no rules. Golden Rule Number 2. Refer to Golden Rule Number 1. This may sound a little like anarchy and in a way it is. Yes, there are terms and

Being A Writer

Being A Writer

When being a writer was different A very long, long time ago when times were different there existed people who called themselves writers. They were a pleasant bunch of daydreamers, incessant travellers and occasionally, scallywags. Being a writer or even better, an author, meant lazing on desert islands sipping cocktails or being a bar philosopher or perhaps travelling to exotic places on the back of a hefty advance. All with the intention of finding inspiration for a story. Or better still, having a jolly good time before your publisher caught up with you and started ranting about deadlines. These glamorised folk didn’t have to worry too much about accuracy on their

When Your Writing Is Crap

When Your Writing Is Crap

Writing can be frustrating While there is always doubt in a writer’s mind, there comes a day when you just know what you have written is not working or that it is simply rubbish. I have just had this day and have decided to trash a project I have been working on now for a few months. There is always the option of cutting, pruning, trimming, re-working or savagely editing, but sometimes the best option is to go back to a blank page and start all over again with a brand new idea. Although a painful and seemingly wasteful decision to make, there does come a time to admit that what you

When Writing Is Rewarding

When Writing Is Rewarding

Writing comes with rich rewards Although I only published the book six months ago, it is now well over a year and a half since I finished writing the story that was so different from anything I’d ever written before. It was probably the most difficult as well because the setting, characters and feelings were so close to me, it was hard to keep remembering that I was writing fiction. With a main character who was based on three friends and my father, all of whom had all passed away in the couple of years before I wrote the story, it was easy to bring life to him. Bonnie, as he