A detour into poetry: procrastination

This year, one of my new year's life goals was to try new things in writing. So when I saw that FutureLearn were offering a 3-week course called 'How To Make A Poem', I signed up. It's free, and you can find it here. I enjoyed the course, and while it's more of a taster …

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Have your say in my 2020 reader survey – and maybe win a paperback!

I did a reader survey last year and it was so helpful that I'm doing it again! I've put together a short (9-question) survey on SurveyMonkey. It's mainly multiple-choice, and its purpose is to learn more about my readers and people who interact with me on my author social media. I'll take the responses and use …

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New year, same goals…

At least I'm getting in with the new year's goals post quicker than I did last year! I won't get into whether it's a new decade or not because people will start squabbling, so let's move along. Here's a recap of last year's goals: Work smarter, not harder  Try some new things  Get fitter  2019 …

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How do I measure success as a writer?

This is something which has been on my mind lately, probably as a sort of hangover from all those goal-setting New Year posts. What's the best way to measure success as a writer? Or do I mean as a publisher? Ooh, now that's a different question entirely. There are so many things you could focus …

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Yes, it’s that new year post…

I bet you've read loads of these New Year posts already in 2019, but this is probably as much for me as it is for you, so here goes! You'll notice that this post is a bit later than the majority of goal-setting posts. That's partly because I've been surrounded by family until today. It's …

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Run VT! Making a simple book trailer

It's been ages since I wrote a how-to post - although this one is more of a how-I-did, and not necessarily a how-you-should post. So, I'd been thinking about making a fairly simple trailer to introduce The Case of the Black Tulips, the first book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series I've been co-writing with …

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2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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Crunching the numbers: Book Report

WARNING: If you don't like numbers or graphs you might want to look away now...or skip this post altogether! I'm probably a gazillion steps behind the rest of the author community, but I just signed up for Book Report. If you haven't seen it, Book Report makes an easy-read dashboard out of your Amazon KDP …

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