Fourteen tips for getting the most out of your Zoom time

Now that we are all getting comfortable with using online video software, there are certain do’s and don’t’s that we really should all be following. Online you can find dozens of Zoom etiquette guidelines. They’re couched in earnest helpful tones; they tell you stuff that’s basically obvious, common sense so they’re sort of useful. ButContinue reading “Fourteen tips for getting the most out of your Zoom time”

Global corona virus suspension order

In light of the corona virus pandemic, governments around the world have got together and made an important declaration. The Coordinated Global Governmental Announcement (CGGA) is being made in response to the rapid spread of the virus. The devastating contagion has caused a variety of national lockdowns, forbidden civil sniffling and coughing in public, bannedContinue reading “Global corona virus suspension order”

Hilary Mantel at the Royal Festival Hall

On the 6th March, 2020 Alex Clark, a journalist and broadcaster, interviewed Hilary Mantel live on stage at the Royal Festival Hall. The two discussed Mantel’s the Mirror & the Light, the final part of her Cromwell trilogy that began with Wolf Hall. The conversation held an audience of some 1500 people absolutely spellbound. ImageContinue reading “Hilary Mantel at the Royal Festival Hall”

Discontent leads to progress

Without discontent there can be no progress, which is probably how I have ended up here, doing this, writing blogs about writing and fiction. Not that life’s been an endless series of gloomy torments, because it hasn’t. But discontent is a powerful driver borne of dissatisfaction and suffering. I did all my suffering a very,Continue reading “Discontent leads to progress”

Where does getting your novel published actually start?

Obviously with writing the thing in the first place. But then what? Most first time wannabee authors, me included, haven’t a clue about the publishing business. We all think that the most important thing of all is the manuscript, but that is naïve and foolish. Very foolish. It’s foolish because the most important thing aboutContinue reading “Where does getting your novel published actually start?”

The trials of getting your novel published part 2: Some more of the journey

Last week seemed overrun with other peoples’ work, technical stuff, reading fiction (a 723 page work of historical fiction completed over an immersive four days), wrestling with social media and of course keeping the website alive and active. There was also a bit of helpful wrestling with a fellow author at Unbound whose book, Draca,Continue reading “The trials of getting your novel published part 2: Some more of the journey”

Invention is the mother of necessity

Where to start. Is it with what’s happening with the Authors’ Club and my reviews of Best First Novel Award contenders? Or is it where the Draftsman is in the Unbound publishing process (they’re doing design and edits)? Or who Laurel Lindström is (nobody really knows)? Or is it the familiar territory of graphics productionContinue reading “Invention is the mother of necessity”