Sadly, I’m Only A Writer

Sadly, I’m Only A Writer

I am just a writer It’s clearly becoming a new trend for a writer to diversify and supplement their modest incomes with a few tempting literary side line appendages. Unfortunately for me however, I just don’t believe I have the necessary qualifications to append these new ‘métiers‘ to my tired old title of just a writer. While I can quite happily and with great certainty append ‘Reader‘, I am equally certain that adding ‘Editor‘ would be stretching the limits of the truth. I mean, aren’t editors supposed to be experienced, qualified, grumpy and meticulous? Well, perhaps I would qualify on the grumpy part but not much else. Even ‘Proofreader’ would be a rather

Publishing Using A Pen Name

Publishing Using A Pen Name

There are many reasons writers choose to use a pen name for one or more books. Usually, it’s because of a complete change of genre or perhaps the topic matter is too far removed from what their loyal readers expect from authors they have read. If an author is well known for children books, perhaps a radical change to romantica would be a good reason to adopt a pen name or nom de plume. If you are publishing with Kindle, KDP makes it very easy to do this. It’s as simple as changing the author’s name under the Contributors section when you are preparing the book for publication. When your book

The Trouble With Writing

The Trouble With Writing

Writing is a bit like cooking. The more you do it, the better you get at it. If I think back to my first attempts at writing, oh, and my first attempts at cooking, I can look back and laugh until my sides split. While writing seems to many like such a natural thing to do, many miss the fact that it takes a long time to understand what good writing is all about. I admit to being a very slow learner, so it took me a few books to understand that writing is not about writing a series of nicely spelt words and sentences with impeccable grammar – though

How Do You Measure Your Success As A Writer?

How Do You Measure Your Success As A Writer?

Success as an author comes in a number of ways If you’re an author, there is no better dream than to have the word ‘bestselling’ affixed to your title. Seeing your name at the top of a bestselling list, be it on Amazon, The New York Times or on Goodreads. The reality is, however, that there is only room for one book at any given time at the peak of what is a gigantic and ever-growing pyramid of published books. For most, we have to accept that our books are probably going to reside towards the ‘fatter’ part of this bestselling pyramid. But this doesn’t mean that a book is