Category Archives: writing tips

How to insert a link from your WordPress blog to you book on Amazon, with a picture, so people can buy it.

Reading the internet shows a lot of us have struggled to get the live image of our books on to our blogs. I have already succeeded in doing this for my 2 other books, with lovely pictures of the book … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Lils latest novel, Ruth and Caw.

RUTH AND CAW: Opening Chapter.  There were four deep gold encrusted days of dappled warmth, dahlias and the gentle hand of autumn painting gold leaf on the trees.  Days of purple plums oozing juice for the lazy wasps.  Days of … Continue reading

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Down and Dirty in the Country: A Quick Look at Rural Noir

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Noir is a genre usually identified with the city. Concrete and steel cut off our anti-hero, throwing an endless shadow over him or her. At the same time, however, authors were also looking at the darkness, isolation, and evil in…

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Self Publish, Indie Authors. Part 3 Why mix and match vanity choices are sensible.

It is not vain to pay for elements of book publishing, its sensible. (see part 2) After all painting your bedroom might be easy, but it is so much easier to pay someone else. Just work out what you can … Continue reading

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Self publish: Indie Author: Part 2 Or why Vanity publishing is not so vain (but dont get ripped off)

  Following on from my last blog: Self publish, Indie, traditional: Where does an author start. Part 1 The journey for us writers is long and tortuous.  Finding your niche market might mean you need to ignore the traditional agent/publisher … Continue reading

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From manuscripts to word scans to a word document to smashwords. The long haul.

Getting even one of Lil’s scripts ready for indie publishing is becoming a bit of a long haul. As her daughter though, I know it would give her such pleasure.  Having found her manuscripts in a refugee bag when she … Continue reading

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To focus on which, writing or publishing? The writers dilemma

This Blog is first and foremost a platform for Lil and I to write and talk about our books.  But our works do not exist if we don’t put them out for the public to read.  A writer  can write … Continue reading

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When Two People Decide to Live Together and Combine Their Bookshelves

When Two People Decide to Live Together and Combine Their Bookshelves. It wasn’t until I read this article that I realised I don’t share the same bookshelves as my partner of 25 years. We have separate book shelves with separate … Continue reading

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How to write and edit your own book. Part Two : The Snowflake Method. by Fleur Butler

In my last blog How to write and edit your book part one.  I discussed The 8 step narrative arc and the 3 act story as useful tools that writers can use to help them write and edit their books. … Continue reading

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Is your book readable? How to write and edit your books. Part one: The 3 act story and the 8 step narrative arc. by Fleur Butler

Writers are the very worst people to be able to look at their work objectively.  We are all so engrossed in our own prose, and our own characters we can’t see the dross and the heavy sentences for the light … Continue reading

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