My first writing workshop!

So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, … Continue reading My first writing workshop!

A Thursday update: ARCs available!

What a relief! Yesterday I got the last comments from my wonderful proofreader, made the changes, and uploaded the final version (I hope) of A Jar of Thursday to Amazon. I'm a natural fretter, so while I knew I had time to make changes, I still had the what ifs in the back of my mind. What … Continue reading A Thursday update: ARCs available!

Camp NaNoWriMo: past the post

Yes, it's time for the obligatory 'Yay I finished!' post. I hit my Camp NaNoWriMo target at around lunchtime on Friday. The computer finished reading the edited manuscript to me, I made the last little changes, formatted the document, and emailed it to beta readers. And then I validated the word count to get one … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: past the post

The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, one month on

A whole month has passed since The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was released into the wild. Sometimes that feels like ages, sometimes the blink of an eye. A short while ago a friend asked me how I felt about the experience of publishing an ebook. As I'm feeling a bit reflective, here's an answer incorporating some of … Continue reading The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, one month on

Beta-testing: 5 things I learnt about using beta readers

First things first; thank you to everyone who agreed to beta read for me. While I'd asked people to give the occasional short story a quick once-over, The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was the first time I'd asked people to read a whole (admittedly short) collection. I learnt a lot along the way, and I think the … Continue reading Beta-testing: 5 things I learnt about using beta readers

So much to do, so little time…

As blog posts go, this one is a check-in to let you know that I haven't been eaten by an Alsatian (or the cat). I've just been busy doing things. In my last post I talked about sending my manuscript to a small army of beta-readers for the very first time, and joked that I … Continue reading So much to do, so little time…

Plotter or pantser? JanuWriMo

Some people are just gluttons for punishment. Having done, and won, NaNoWriMo in November, completing an 80,000 word draft in mid-December, who would want to do it all again two months later? *puts up hand* This time I was planning to write not one book but two. Two 25,000-word middle-grade children's books, possibly the first … Continue reading Plotter or pantser? JanuWriMo

So long, farewell: Flash! Friday

Today, Friday 18 December, is a sad day, because the Flash! Friday website closes today. This morning I woke up and there was no Flash! Friday email in my inbox encouraging me to write a flash fiction by midnight, inspired by a photo, a novel or a dragon's bidding. Often I didn't write a story, because I … Continue reading So long, farewell: Flash! Friday