A Massive Influence

He was a massive influence in persuading me to develop the courage to write.

A Facade Of The Past

A Facade Of The Past

That is - to me - the sort of writing that makes for historical romantic fiction. The fictional characters must inhabit recognizable history, and in doing so help us to better understand the history... while we are being entertained and without feeling like we are in school.

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

We need to bear in mind that even lying ugly treatises teach us something. If we are to try to understand those who think such ways, we need to read what they write.

Adults May Be “Young,” But They Are Never “New”

Adults May Be “Young,” But They Are Never “New”

If you want to write about 18-29 year olds, do NOT call them "new adult" books.

Friday Digest: 5 February 2021

Friday Digest: 5 February 2021

Several varied points to conclude this week...

Writers (New Ones Especially): Beware

Writers (New Ones Especially): Beware

If you are asked for payment by a "publisher," and especially if the request surprises you, 99.9 times out of 100 you are being SCAMMED.

Overheard On The Playground

Overheard On The Playground

Now there is public Twitter, which often resembles a school playground with those kids who look to stick it to others behind the others’ backs...

“Adults” Only, Please

“Adults” Only, Please

Shush... don't even mumble the words "new adult" please.

Never Forget: Publishing Is A Business

Never Forget: Publishing Is A Business

Writing may be all about "creativity" for you; but never forget that publishing is a business.

The Sound Of A Story

The Sound Of A Story

We tend in our 21st century to consider reading a silent and private endeavor. Yet for most of history reading was far more social than it is today.

The Winds Of Change

The Winds Of Change

I don't want to think about "tech," I'm trying to write books. But I will say...

To Each Of You

To Each Of You

From the outside, often it looked cool and glamorous (I remember sitting star-struck at him once telling me about meeting Sean Connery)...

No “Rivals” Here

No “Rivals” Here

I remember my uncle telling me he avoided reading manuscripts sent to him - mostly by acquaintances who wanted to write and sought advice.

Why Blog?

Why Blog?

Social media is about, above all, being, well, social.

“New Adult” Fiction?

“New Adult” Fiction?

I thought that having done the Amazon ad for Conventions - and it is attracting interest - "How about the earlier books?"