A Mission Statement for a Book?

After my rant yesterday, I promised you I would offer some thoughts on how I am going to finish writing the new book, “The Burning Girl”, with a view to promoting it in a world stuffed with (many great) new books. I’ve already got my story laid out,...

Throwing the book across the room

​I’m not going to mention any book titles and authors in this post, because that would be cruel and that’s not what this post is about. My publisher and I have been discussing the role of reviews in the promotion of a book, and it’s worth a...

First Drafts

In yesterday’s blog, I was talking about how I write, editing and re-editing as I go.  Well, here’s why I write like that.  Now this takes a lot for a writer to reveal, because no writer ever wants you to read their dreadful first drafts, so...

Selling your soul

One of the great shocks of being a writer is you have to be able to sell your books. Whether you have a publisher or you do it all yourself, you still have to be involved in the promotion and sales of your work. And that’s pretty tough. I started out being a...

Writing that first draft

As a writer, I have a huge problem. I can’t write There, I’ve admitted it.  I read a lot of other people’s drafts and their text flows, their language choices are good and they write like this. (And no, I’m not a graphic designer either!)...