Sunday, 28 April 2013

Books, Agents & Indie Publishers

It seems to me, as a writer and lover of chick lit novels, that most authors begin their writing experience with a dream of being signed up by one of the major publishers and going down the traditional route. However, thanks to the invention of e-books and the chance to be your own indie publisher, writers now have more choice about the route they take to publication than ever before. It seems that being an indie publisher can be lucrative, as well as fun. Well, that's what I'm hoping anyway.

Here are a couple of inspirational posts I've come across from bloggers who know a thing or two (or three...) about writing.

Kate Lord Brown, is a traditionally published author of two of my favourite books, The Perfume Garden and The Beauty Chorus. If you click on the link you can read her wonderful blog filled with useful and fun posts. You can also be in with a chance of winning an unabridged audio version of her latest book, The Perfume Garden.

Strictly Writing, an inspirational blog for writers. Their most recent post, Never Give Up, is certainly worth a read.

The Romaniacs, a group of writers giving useful advice and most recently posting about the Agent Hunter website.

The New Romantics, an inspirational and fun group of writers belonging to the Romantic Novelists' Association, New Writers' Scheme, who took their destiny into their own hands, published their own books and are going from strength to strength.

Just a few of the blogs I enjoy following.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Books, Popcorn & The Great Gatsby

I don't know about you, but when I'm writing and reach a bit of a blank, I usually turn to popcorn. It's supposed to be 'guilt free', so who am I to argue? Although, I think they probably don't mean four packets in one day.

There are only certain times in the day when I don't think about popcorn:
  • Reading a great book - I'm in the middle of one right now
  • Writing - when the muse is working overtime and my fingers are flying across the keyboard, hopefully connecting with the right letters.
  • When I'm sleeping, of course. Then again...

If I'm absorbed by a good film then I don't need any popcorn and one of the films I'm buzzing with excitement for is The Great Gatsby, but I'll have to wait for another month until it's shown here. All those beautiful people, gorgeous clothes, shoes... Where's that popcorn?

Friday, 5 April 2013

Flash Fiction - Paragraph Planet

I'm very excited today because a second piece of my flash fiction has been published on the Paragraph Planet site. Here's the link.

The other day I was working on my latest WiP and reached a point where I couldn't think what to say next. I had a thought buzzing around my head that wouldn't leave me alone and knew that if I walked away from my laptop at that point that I'd probably end up finding all sorts of things to do instead of continuing with writing the first draft of this new novel. So, instead of letting the words continue to disturb my writing, I wrote them down and submitted the 75 words (exactly) to Paragraph Planet.

This is a great site - which is why I'm so happy to have my second submission published here - where well-known authors such as Judy Astley, Emlyn Rees, Gabrielle Kimm, Julie Cohen and Emma Lee-Potter have had their own pieces of flash fiction published. If you click on the link above you can find how to submit your own paragraph. You can also read previously published paragraphs.

Good luck.