See What I See?

Poetry, Visual Art and the Good Intentions of a New Year   January and February feel like the lowest ebb of the year and thus the worst time to engage with a new project. It is a time for sloping about, perhaps ravelling in the tail ends of the old year. The part of the... Continue Reading →

#MyDayInBooks part 1

10/10/18 in 5 books Today is a day when many interesting books have crossed paths, and I thought I would share them. Book 1: Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly In the early hours, long after I had hoped to go to sleep, utterly gripped, I finished reading Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile. I was... Continue Reading →

Come and meet my new book

I have just finished my second book. A well sifted draft. Parts have been ditched, pinched, pulled, turned around, thrown about, discarded and re-written and I think I am happy with it. I am deciding what to do about it, where to try and find a publishing home, and I will take a little break... Continue Reading →

Writing Tips

(from The Bennet College Reference Library of Electricity) LOOK AWAY NOW bibliophiles - I cut up books. It started with junk mail, when I began looking for hidden messages in unsolicited letters sent in the post. I liked the fact that they had signatures. If I changed the messages, they were still signed, sincerely, by... Continue Reading →

Reviews – please!

In an age when algorithms set the agenda, it becomes crucial for authors to get reviews on sites such as Amazon. I have heard that fifty is the magic number. I am delighted with the dozen or so reviews I have, but would love to accumulate more - several three star reviews will do more... Continue Reading →

The Accidental Dog

  The image above is a screen shot. It's from a mind-map app that helps me play with ideas and structures when I am writing my book. Each bubble with its idea or comment can be moved and changed, allowing thoughts to rub up against each other, to make new connections and test old ones.... Continue Reading →

Paint

My manuscript is due back tomorrow. I am going to be a little late. It is difficult, when time divides into mosaic shards to pull a book into focus. I have decided that I need to re-write a chunk of pages. Not too many. A series of clarifications have jumbled up against one another and... Continue Reading →

Why Unbound? Why crowdfunding?

Observations from people who've been there Funding my book with Unbound has been a fascinating process. There have been unexpected benefits that go beyond the buzz of having my book published. Unbound came into being as a response to changes in the publishing industry. Good books were not getting published because their commercial success couldn’t be guaranteed. There has... Continue Reading →

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