Monthly Archives: August 2013

Digital Age Authors & The Ugly Truth About “The Good Old Days” of Publishing

Interesting article by Kristen Lamb.

The statistic that only 1 in 9 traditionally published authors ever get to have a second book published absolutely floored me. I’ve had eighteen novels traditionally published. I wonder whose book space those other sixteen took up!?

Digital Age Authors & The Ugly Truth About “The Good Old Days” of Publishing.

A visit with Geraldine Evans, author of A Thrust To The Vitals

I was interviewed by the lovely Kate Eileen Shannon on her blog.

Kate Eileen Shannon

gerrie evansStopping by today is Geraldine Evans who is going to talk about her latest ebook release A THRUST TO THE VITALS. It is actually the tenth of a fifteen book (so far)  series. I’m sitting here with a nice strong cup of tea, as I’m sure Gerrie is, so let’s get started.

Gerrie, I liked the book. But some of the early reviews  have been less than kind. I know that hurts so I’m not going to ask if that bothers you – of course it does. But the criticism seems to be you write in a British style and that doesn’t appeal to Americans. Is it something you are finding?

No, not really, I think it was an issue with this book because I’ve been experimenting with Amazon’s Categories and I put this one in International Crime and Mystery. Big mistake!  Although it is ‘international’ for everyone but…

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SWANWICK SUMMER SCHOOL

I’m just back from the Swanwick Summer School for writers in Derbyshire.SWANWICK REAR OF HOUSE AND GARDEN 2013

It was my first visit and I absolutely loved it! I would urge any writer to try to attend. The courses are designed to appeal to writers of every stamp from scriptwriters, to novelists, to non-fiction writers, to poets, comedy, crime, soaps, the works. The speakers were outstanding: entertaining, informative, witty. The week culminated in a talk by bestseling writer, Deborah Moggasch (sp?). Excellent speaker, drew us into the world of film-making with its woes and budgets and successes and failures.

I found the cost very reasonable. It starts around £400 for the week, which includes a basic room (no ensuite at this price) all meals, beverages, courses, talks and entertainment. You can even pay by instalments. Or you can go a little up-market and book an ensuite or a room by the Lake. The grounds are very attractive, as is the house.

SWANWICK DREGS PARTY 2013 2

I enjoyed the Buskers’ Night when attendees bring their own musical instruments and entertain their fellow attendance. Be warned, I shall turn up next year with my keyboards and play whatever lively piece I’ve managed to master.

SWANWICK GARDEN

SWANWICK GARDENS LOVELY SUMMERS DAY 2013

I’ve also put my name down to give a talk or course on self-publishing. After  three years as my own mistress, I feel I have much I can pass on. I don’t know whether the committee will take me up on either proposition. We shall see.

On  the last night, just before Deborah’s talk, we had the Dregs Party, where everyone brings whatever booze they have left. We were lucky this year, the weather was fine and the Dregs Party was able to be held on the lawn. Ooh, the glamour! DJs and evening gowns. I didn’t reallise everyone dressed to the nine’s; I shall know better next year and will bring my best bib and tucker!

Because I’m determined to attend Swanwick 2014, even though it took me nine hours’ to get there this year and I got horribly lost around Leicester. Couldn’t find the signpost for the A6 North, though I found the A6 South with monotonous regularity. 😦 But, by next year I will have a satnav and, please God, will even have learned how to use it. Maybe I will even be less nervous of motorways.

Perhaps I’ll see you at Swanwick in August 2014?

http://www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk

Word on the Street Festival Doesn’t Care About Author Scam

Authors, please click on the link to David Gaughran’s blog and read about this. Disgraceful. Be warned and don’t sign up. Is there no honour left in this business? So sad the way it’s going.

Word on the Street Festival Doesn’t Care About Author Scam.

Sunday Times Short Story Award

£30,000 Award, folks! Worth a few words. I’m going to give it a shot, anyway? What’s to lose?

Sunday Times Short Story Award.