Fun Facts about Book Publishing

This is the fifth year since I submitted my first short story to a publisher. Since then, I’ve sold five stories and I’ve had one novel hybrid published and one self-published. I picked up some things about the whole publishing business inadvertently along the way and some I deliberately researched. Here’s what I’ve learned. Continue reading Fun Facts about Book Publishing

Two Eyes or a Bestseller

My right eye has been bothering me recently. I think I’m seeing flashes of light at the edges of my peripheral vision and it’s making me nervous, after two years ago an ophthalmologist warned me to watch for the flashes as they could be an early signal of impending doom, also called retinal detachment. No, this is not fiction, sorry. Continue reading Two Eyes or a Bestseller

A Profound Look Back at the Week: October 26 – November 1

It’s been another fun week in news and I use the word “fun” here the way some people use “literally”. But who cares, the world is going to hell anyway. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: October 26 – November 1

The Absolutely Best and Greatest Thing about Books

I saw this article (about publishers going insane, basically) the other day and after the initial shock followed by the usual outrage – increasingly milder these days – I recovered to my usual cheerful self amazingly quickly. Because I remembered something important. Books already written cannot be unwritten. Continue reading The Absolutely Best and Greatest Thing about Books

Downtime

I’ve always been a staunch opponent to metaphors comparing people to machines. It could be because of my not exactly positive opinion of the behavioural school of psychology (the original one) but anyone telling me they’re going to X place in nature to “recharge their batteries” is asking for it. And yet I must admit there is something we share with machines. The need for downtime. Continue reading Downtime

How To Write the Perfect Book Query…

… with two people in the house, both of them with a tendency to vocalise their every thought. Because life is so much more fun this way. Continue reading How To Write the Perfect Book Query…

A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 30 – April 3

Another week has ended and my bread-making skills have improved further. I’m sure this is vital information for everyone on the planet, so I had to share it. Other than that, the only outtake of these past five days is that we are doing civilisation wrong. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 30 – April 3

A Profound Look Back at the Week: Mar 23-27

This week’s been smoother overall and also busier, which I will in no way complain about because having work is good right now and not everyone is lucky to have it. Anyway, in a world where there is still just one single thing happening — with all the trimmings such as a rage against celebrities (well done, world) and fears of dictatorship — I accidentally happened upon something profound. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: Mar 23-27

We Want to Invest in Your Book

Anyone who’s had any experience whatsoever with publishing, even with a single short story or a poem, must have acquired the kind of uneasy feeling that this is a sea full of sharks and other life forms that do not exactly have your best interests at heart. Sadly, it seems that sooner or later most of us run into these life forms. Continue reading We Want to Invest in Your Book

A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21

The first signs of spring are in the air in my part of the world and though it’s a bit early in February, I don’t mind it, too fed up with having to wear a dozen layers of clothing when I go out in the morning. It’s not that cold — we’ve got nothing on Canada, northern Russia or the States — but it is unpleasantly cold and it’s been cold for long enough. Enter spring! And close the door behind you because draught kills. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21