The Dark Side: NaNoEdMo

Tomorrow is the start of National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a movement that started in the US and aims to get would-be novelists up and writing. The aim is to produce 50,000 words in the month – I think it works out as 1,700 a day – and for many published writers, it’s been the boost…

Review fear

….My first review has come. I couldn’t look at it for a long time, as I knew I’d be upset by a bad one, even though I also knew I had to face this at some point. Luckily it was a good one. Here it is. http://www.writerslittlehelper.blogspot.com/ It’s starting!

Milestones in writing

  During the week a major milestone occurred – I held a copy of my own book in my hands. OK, it was a proof, but it looks like a book, and feels like a book, and on sniffing I can confirm it smells like a book. It’s one of those moments  you dream about…

I was a teenage do-gooder

Last week I was lucky enough to go to the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards. It was a great night, not least because of the thrill of seeing authors up there with celebrities and film-stars. It reminded me that, despite all the woes and worry we’re always hearing about publishing, books and writers are still incredibly…

Second-book syndrome

I’ve been trying to blog for a while, and struggling to work out what it is I wanted to say. I’m still not sure what it was, or why I’m finding it hard. Perhaps as I get closer to publication, I’m more aware of what it means to have a public profile, however modest. In…