Category Archives: Books

Just Imagine

Dressing up for World Book Day in schools seems to split opinion right down the middle. Some people love it, and go all out to take part and to think up a costume. Other people hate it. They don’t like … Continue reading

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Today I had the strange but lovely experience of having to read my own book. When you get to the proofs stage, you are in the last bit of the book writing process. This is the proof, if you like, … Continue reading

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The Longest Story

I’ve just finished reading the book “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes. This is a LONG book. 888 pages to be precise. It is such a big book that one of my main difficulties in reading it was holding it … Continue reading

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Author Marketing 101 Part Two: *Visibility* First, take a deep breath and have a quick look at the number of new book titles published this year. Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. When your book comes out, it joins a massive pool … Continue reading

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Reader Magnets

“There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either.” Robert Graves If you want to make a living as an author, you have to get past the bit where you don’t want to ask for money for … Continue reading

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The Tone and The Technique

“A word after a word after a word is power.” Margaret Atwood All writing has tone, because all writing is a writer ‘speaking’ to a reader. Sometimes the tone is dispassionate, reasoned or scientific; other times it is emotional, friendly … Continue reading

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A Question of Tone

As a writer, tone is one of the most important tools that you have at your disposal. While ideas, and structure, and vocabulary choice, and rhythm all matter, it is tone that allows you to connect with your readers. It … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Progressive?

In recent months, I have been growing increasingly concerned about what the Big Bad Progressive (BBP) has been up to. I have heard via the blogosphere that the BBP has ripped all the tradition out of schools, prioritised stories over … Continue reading

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*Good* Review

Any review of one of my books is a *good* review, because it means people are talking about them. The positive reviews I get on Amazon makes me smile, because they mean that someone read one of my books and … Continue reading

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Harvest Home

  Before: 7th March 2015   After: 1st July 2015 One of the things I love most about a project is the way that it forces you to wait for gratification. Just under four months ago, my allotment was a … Continue reading

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