I've started reading and reviewing a lot of independently published books, to try and support struggling authors, and help them on their journey. But I have to admit, I'm finding writing reviews hard. I can quite understand why some people decide not to leave reviews, or simply to leave a rating.
Sunday, 11 July 2021
I've decided to read and review books by independently published authors to find the gems that have been overlooked by big publishing houses and support fellow authors. These are a few more of my favourite reads this year...
Hungry for Life by Rachel Richards
Review: Brilliantly written, totally insightful
This is the best book exploring the mind of an eating disordered person that I've ever read, and I've read a few. A compelling story that takes you through the life of Rachel and her inner demons as she descends into Anorexia and comes out the other side through eventual recovery. The only thing that strikes me as unexpected, is that she had quite a privileged life, and abundant opportunities which she embraced. I've tended to think that eating disorders are more likely to affect people who lack privilege and opportunity, but it just goes to show how it can affect people from all walks of life. Buy it here
Friday, 11 June 2021
I've decided to read and review books by independently published authors to find the gems that have been overlooked by big publishing houses and support fellow authors. These are my favourite reads this year...
Drowning: A Memoir
By Andy Palmer
Review: Insightful memoir - revealing perpective into the life of an addict
Brilliantly written, this insightful memoir offers a revealing perpective into the life of an addict. It takes you on a journey, from Andy's childhood relationships and misdemeanours, through to his struggles with addiction as a young adult. The description really brings the story to life, but there's not so much detail that it becomes cumbersome or boring. I loved the description of Andy's grandfather's house - a real reminder of the 1970s, and I'd urge people considering reading this book to download the free sample, because the first chapter kicks off very well.
Saturday, 29 May 2021
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Whenever I ask the writing community on Twitter about lucrative book genres, best selling topics and market trends, I get some helpful responses.
Then the "write what you want!" crowd wade in, with the message that writing for market is somehow unethical, wrong, and doomed to failure because it's not necessarily your first choice of subject. There seems to be a view that it's detrimental to the creative process.
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
A member of a local environmental group recently told me that Amazon is monopolistic, destructive to the high street, and unethical. Then he gave me a website linking readers to local bookstores.
The trouble is, local bookstores usually only stock books from big publishers. There's not much interest in independently published works.
Friday, 19 March 2021
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
The single most successful approach to marketing, which I cannot recommend highly enough, is to simply tell everyone. I told everyone I could think of.
Saturday, 9 January 2021
blished, and if you enjoy 'end of the world' thrillers, it might be just up your street! mybook.to/pestilencebook
The story behind this book is a long one, but I'll give you the short version. When I was about 15, I discovered James Herbert, and was smitten by his books and inspired to emulate him. So at the age of 16, I started writing the first draft of a story about a deadly fungus, which would bring about the end of the world. James Herbert's Rats had made him famous, and Shaun Hutson's Slugs did pretty well too. This was my attempt at a similar idea.
Saturday, 29 September 2018
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Then I realised that I had thought about it. Once in 2013 and once in 2014, when I pitched similar ideas to interview the same author, to the editor of the same magazine. At the time, both suggestions were met with rejection, and I hadn't given it any further thought since.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Well, it depends! The Author's Licensing and Collecting Society did a survey in 2013, and the results, made available in 2014, said that professional writers only earned an average of £11,000 per annum. However, I think many of those were part time, and many were authors.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
It was my first time participating in National Novel Writing Month this year and I reached 38k. Now some might consider that a failure, since the aim is to reach 50k, but I remain pleased with myself. By the end of November, I was 38,000 words further ahead than I was at the start of the month, and I'm well on the way to reaching the end of the first draft now. It will grow bigger too, as I carefully edit it.