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The reader, the writer, and technology – where to next?

I’m a little late with my last post because I’ve been lost in my PhD for the past few weeks. I’m researching how young adults source and engage with narrative. It’s because I write for the young adult (YA) demographic that I am very interested in the who, what, when, where and why of YA reading. I’ve written in this blog before about the changing...

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Writing is my lifeblood

After four years, three versions, two editions, one name change, multiple rewrites and much stress, my novel Fake Profile is about to launch. I am relieved and excited and just a wee bit scared. Terrified actually! Writing this novel has taken me on a roller coaster of a journey unlike anything I have experienced in my professional life. I’ve felt the highs and lows with...

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Who do you write for?

Writing —like reading— is a very subjective pursuit. People write and/or read for a myriad of reasons, ranging from catharsis to leisure, as a profession, a boredom buster or in pursuit of knowledge. To achieve success in the field a writer needs to first develop an understanding of why they themselves write, then get to know why people read, and develop an understanding of the...

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Tempers, trolls and twisted logic

The other night one of the current affairs shows ran a story about social media trolls. I don’t generally watch these types of tabloid programs but the story got my attention. Trolls are people who roam sites like Facebook and Twitter with the single focus of upsetting people. They are relentless and completely random in their attacks, but their actions can have devastating results on...

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Terrible titles

The header for this post is Terrible Titles, but perhaps it should have been: Creating a Suitable Title For Your Novel That Doesn’t Put People Off Reading it But Clues Them Into What It May be About Without Being Irrelevant or Long-winded. Snappy right? Would you read any further? Finding a suitable title for your novel is a delicate matter. A novel title needs to...

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Sourcing reviews

I have two reviews for my book on Amazon. Two. That’s probably about 274 less than I hoped I would have by now. And 119 less than I’d have if everyone who bought the book reviewed it on whatever platform they bought it from. It’s a bit disheartening really. Especially since having reviews can mean the difference between effective promotion and mediocre promotion.  But it’s...

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A contract lost

I lost a publishing contract. The offer of a contract to publish my novel Fake Profile with a traditional publisher was withdrawn. Before it was made. I didn’t even know about it, but I was gutted when I found out. At least, I was until I realised that I was no worse off than if I hadn’t known about it. And really, I can’t be...

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Do you write to live or live to write?

They say that when you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. I get that. When I write, I am at peace with myself, the universe and everything. I love creating characters and plots and watching them come to together to form ‘story.’ I love being woken in the middle of the night with that flash of inspiration...

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Does genre matter?

Someone once told me that to be a successful writer, you need to choose a genre you are happy to be known for and stick to it. The idea is that to establish credibility and develop your profile as an author, you have to make your mark in a specific genre before you can risk delving into other styles for fear of undermining your appeal....