filed under ebooks/apps, The Publishing Industry.

What do authors get paid? How do authors get paid? These are two questions I get asked a lot and the easy answer would be “Not much” to the first question and “Not often” to the second question! Indeed an article published recently in The Guardian seems to confirm both of these answers, and its headline offers us pity for our plight. It’s true that very few people can sustain themselves and their family from the profits of book writing alone. Most writers recognise this but write their books anyway because they love it. Also, the books we write can…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

I think one of the hardest things about being a writer is continuing to be inspired, to keep the faith, day after day, especially during “dry spells” when everything you send out gets rejected. Luckily I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately and have been having lots of success with short pieces, while I wait to hear back from my agent about my manuscript. But I know others haven’t been so lucky. With that in mind, I’ve put together A Writer’s Manifesto. What is a Writer’s Manifesto? It’s a statement of all the things that inspire me about…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

The lovely Allison Tait has invited me to be part of a “why I write and how I write” meme that’s doing the rounds on writers’ blogs at the moment. I’m going to answer all the questions, but in a slightly different way, by talking about how to fit writing into your life. Over the last week, I’ve had lots of people ask me how I fit everything in. So, I’ll give you 5 tips to help you do just that, based on my experience – I’ll open up the inner workings of my desk and show you what goes…

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filed under Book Chat Video Book Club, Book Reviews.

Welcome back book lovers! You might remember that this month I was reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Longbourn by Jo Baker. Are they great book club books? And was I as enamoured with The Rosie Project as the rest of Australia? Take a look at the video below to find out. I’m also talking about a favourite classic of mine that I think should be more widely read. It’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and I’ll let you know why I love it so much in the video below.   Next Month I’m Reading…

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filed under Writing Tips.

Famous writers like to talk about writing, as do not-so-famous writers like me! But there’s nothing like a great quote about writing from a writer we admire to give us the burst of inspiration we sometimes need to get us through writing our books. With that in mind, here are my favourite quotes by famous writers on writing. On Having the Mindset of a Writer On Being Disciplined as a Writer On the Craft of Writing And Finally, Some Humour … Which one is your favourite? Or, have I left one out that you have pinned to your computer? Please…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

Having sent my latest novel off to my agent a couple of weeks ago, I’ve enjoyed not writing anything. I’ve caught up on emails and admin but haven’t quite managed to do all my book-keeping—surely that can wait! But I have the urge to write again, to start the long and bumpy process of writing a first draft of a novel, based on an idea I’ve had in my head for months. I’m still warming up though; I need a new notebook, I need to tidy my desk, I need to wait for one of the days when my 4…

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filed under Writing Tools.

Notebooks and writers go together like blossoms and spring; it’s almost unthinkable to have one without the other. Writers’ notebooks are often romanticised as the place where the wondrous workings of the writer’s mind are made concrete, full of the pith and wit and beauty that you might find in their stories. In my experience, they are quite the reverse; they are actually scrappy things, filled with random thoughts and ideas, and occasionally they might contain coherent drafts of scenes. They make sense only to the writer. Anyone coming upon a writer’s lost notebook would likely think it held nothing…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

I always thought I was lucky. Lucky to have won the TAG Hungerford Award for my first book, lucky to have had it published, lucky to have then had my second book published without too much angst two years later. In the back of my mind, I often thought: I’ve been too lucky, the luck must run out soon; there will come a time when I’ll need to be dealing with failure as a writer. My Year Of Failure Mid 2012 to mid 2013 was my year of failure. I hated it at the time. Because it should have been…

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Show me your notebooks! Writers’ notebooks say a lot about them. Our notebooks are special and particular treasure boxes full of words and ideas. I can’t use the same writing notebook for different stories; even if I haven’t filled the pages, I’ll always take out a fresh notebook for a new book. I thought it would be fun to take a peek at people’s writing notebooks, at the covers and at the pages inside. To see whether we prefer plain, fancy, fuss-free, Moleskine, decorative or whatever is lying around. So I’m putting out the call! Send me a snap—just taken with…

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filed under How To Get Published, The Publishing Industry.

She’s about to launch her SEVENTH novel, she’s published several works of non-fiction and she’s that rarity—an academic who also values commercial fiction. Let me introduce you to Liz Byrski, who’s sharing her years of wisdom about how to get published for the first time, as well how writers can stay published in today’s turbulent publishing world. Write What You Want to Read I asked Liz how she came to write her first book; she was already a successful broadcaster, journalist and writer of non-fiction, so why did she feel the need to also try her hand at fiction? Like…

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