July 19, 2018

Great! Authors love beta readers. We can’t get enough of them, good ones especially.  In an earlier blog I talked about at what stage in your manuscript you might think about sending it to betas. Now let’s look at things from a beta’s point of view.

I’ve been on both si...

May 16, 2018

After doing another round of beta reading for several authors and being sent manuscripts in various stages of completion, I’ve been considering which is the best point in the life of a manuscript to send it out to beta readers, bearing in mind that an author may also b...

June 9, 2017

I've been scrolling through a whole host of books, trying to find a selection to download to read on the beach. I don't normally do this quite so intensively, usually stopping after I find a novel I like the sound of, but this time I wanted at least ten new novels on m...

May 4, 2017

Author Alyssa Flowers asked me some questions about my experiences of self publishing. Here's the link to her website and the blog:


I really enjoyed reflecting on the whole process and I hope up-and-coming writers can learn from some of the mistake...

April 21, 2016

I was in a bookshop-cum-coffeehouse the other day, when I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation between two ladies at the next table. Okay, couldn’t help is an exaggeration – I was actually earwigging.

They were discussing an author who publishes erotica and trying t...

September 29, 2015

I became a published author because of Smashwords. Until I discovered their site (and that was purely by chance, if I remember rightly) I'd had no luck travelling down the traditional publishing road. In fact, I hadn't made it out of my front door!

When I realised there...

September 13, 2015

Actually you do, if you’re an author, or plan on becoming one.

Let me tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Once upon a time a would-be author decided to write a novel. She wrote and wrote and wrote, and after the end of a lot of words she sat b...

June 27, 2015

You know the rest!

My first four novels were written straight from the heart, with no real reflection involved until they came back from my beta readers. Hell, I didn't even know what a beta reader was when I wrote my first one (and second), so I had hardly any input fr...

April 13, 2015

I’m someone who really likes to get her teeth into a big, fat, juicy book. I’ve been known to pass over a book if the spine isn’t wide enough. I don’t like thin books, books with not enough pages in them, books with too few words. I don’t like short reads – no short st...

April 2, 2015

As a newbie indie author I published my book, and sat back and waited for someone, anyone, to notice it. It got some downloads. Then when I made it free, it got more. Lots more. Which was only to be expected, ’cause we all love something for nothing, right?

I published...

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