Whenever we hear stories about authors being defrauded by unscrupulous vanity presses, sometimes for thousands of pounds, the reaction can often be unsympathetic: “It’s their own fault for being so gullible.” “They should have done their homework.” “That was a stupid mistake. Don’t they read about these things?” Whilst it is true that authors have … Continue reading 5 REASONS AUTHORS FALL for VANITY PRESSES
How to help boost readership and earnings for writers, which could also mean you? Libraries are full of stories in a whole range of formats that people can borrow, including you. They are ideal places for research and to get ideas, so go to your local library and borrow stuff. Especially stuff written by writers … Continue reading YOUR LIBRARY
Came back from a great day out with the other half to discover a large envelope waiting for me. Was delighted to discover I have been accepted as a Member of the Society of Authors. The comments on my Facebook page were encouraging especially those which said ‘You’ve arrived’ - what more can one ask … Continue reading GREAT NEWS
So at last I am back in the UK after an extended stay 'down under' on the Gold Coast visiting family and friends. I had intended reporting back on the new people I was meeting but unfortunately circumstances didn't allow for me to do that so I am using today to catch up on what … Continue reading BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS
Having recently spent a long week-end on the Isle of Wight I was surprised to discover how inspirational the island has been, and still is, to many writers. From Queen Victoria, who was inspired to write her letters and diaries whilst staying on the island at Osborne House to Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson who … Continue reading INSPIRATIONAL VISIT
This last two weeks has seen the start of the 'Cardiff Children's Literature Festival.' The event features Authors and Illustrators who bring a cast of colourful characters from the world of children's writing aimed predominately at youngsters aged 3-11. It features many well known, such as The Gruffalo and Harry Potter but also welcomes the … Continue reading CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LIT FEST
Well what a strange couple of weeks we've had down here on Cardiff Bay. The weather has been alternating between freezing cold and brilliant warm sunshine. And its only February! Saturday I worked at my laptop with the apartment door open it was that warm. Yet Sunday I was freezing due to the cold front … Continue reading THE BIG BANG THEORY
Well I am delighted to say I have received the first draft print copies of the second series of the Little Friends Picture Story Books - Garden Adventures. I have to say they are looking good but as is normal the print is all askew. Hey Ho that's the joy of POD which my publisher … Continue reading FINDING TIME TO WORK??
Well it's been quite an interesting time since I last wrote something here. For a start I am now another year older! I was going to put a comment about getting old but to be honest I'm not really bothered. I just keep telling myself (and everyone else) that I'm only 31. The reason for … Continue reading GREAT INTERVIEWS
As I reported recently, like the rest of the UK I have been caught up in this horrible flu virus that has been doing the rounds. It seems that people have been dying from the effects of it. Maybe the bugs are fighting us back. Or maybe we are trying too hard to be clean? … Continue reading I WAS ON CARDIFF RADIO!!