Browsing All Posts filed under »Life Skills for the Skint Writer«

Book Excerpts

April 22, 2011 by


Please put an excerpt from your book on your website. Let’s assume you may want me to buy your book. I’m looking around your website because I’d like to determine whether or not I want to buy your book. I can’t do that if you don’t show me how you write. Since I began writing under […]

Overwrought & Overwritten

April 11, 2011 by


I believe writers are being confused. Not on purpose, of course — I don’t think anyone in the industry is trying to give bad advice to amateur authors. But I do see professionals giving advice that suggests overwrought prose is a result of editing too much. There is such a thing as overwrought and overwritten […]

Judging Quality

March 28, 2011 by


For those of you who wish to read more about my opinions on the Amanda Hocking and DexRaven conversation, I have more to say on the subject, but I’d like to discuss the idea of quality a bit first. at the start of things… across the stars far away from our own planet not just […]

Alice’s Top-Secret Editing Procedure – We’re Here to Help YOU

March 10, 2011 by


I’m not particularly egotistical. I love what I do, and I think perhaps I might be good at it. Perhaps in a handful of years, if my career takes off, I might be persuaded to cautiously label myself “a good writer”. Perhaps. Most likely under the influence of a few G&Ts. This is because even […]

Music and Writing – Two

March 10, 2011 by


Stress! It is very stressful! Some things have been going on. One of which is that we’ve decided to submit Maybe to Kirkus Reviews, so we’ll have to have the manuscript in perfect shape about oh, three months earlier than expected in time to allow for a Kirkus quote in the printed copies. Herewith, I […]

1:30 p.m. Adrenaline Fuel (Vegetarian)

February 28, 2011 by


Packs a pretty wallop. Psychologist-approved to help production of adrenaline before afternoon sluggishness takes hold. ~~~~~~~ – 2 slices multigrain brown bread (not that fake brown shit, REAL brown, with chewy bits and seeds in) – 1/2 avocado – sea salt – black pepper – fresh goat cheese (about 1 tbsp) – light-coloured honey (wildflower […]

Whining: In Defence of Janet

February 25, 2011 by


There’s been some discussion recently about whining in the blog-o-sphere microclimate of wannabe authors and the publishing professionals who blog for them. 1. An unpublished author and nénette Twitter writes a blog post about the literary agents who rejected her. She tweets this post to all and sundry. 2. Janet Reid, the big cat who stalks […]

Cheap, Yummy Chili Recipe

February 23, 2011 by


I like cooking. A lot. Sometimes I wish I could try being a chef on my blocked days (when everything I write bores me). I have made up recipes on the spot and been told I could sell them. But a food photographer, I ain’t. I heated up enough to fit prettily into one of […]