Writing for a living – and for life: an interview with Ali, Suze and a Sprocker

I was really flattered to be asked by the amazing Ali Moore, psychotherapist and coach at Bemoore, to feature in one of her Reconnection videos on YouTube.

Bemoore Reconnection

Ali Moore

Ali’s Reconnection series, as the name suggests, explores times in people’s lives when they have – either voluntarily, coincidentally or accidentally – reconnected with themselves and others and so made substantial improvements to their happiness and wellbeing.

In this video, I share the time when, after many years focusing on advertising writing while writing and marketing my own books, [Read more…]

New authors on Black Friday: get your book published professionally

**Do you have a superb idea for a book, but don’t know how to go about writing and producing it?
**Does writing a book seem a lovely idea, but such a large project is a bit scary – especially if it’s your first one?
**Or … do you want to start a bit smaller with one or more booklets – and/or eBooks – to establish yourself and your credibility with a lesser commitment (and reduced cost?)

Get your book written and published - without the scams

That wonderful feeling when your new book is actually published and out there…me with my latest. (And over-bleached hair – apologies.) Photo by Kate Everall .

**Do you wonder if there’s an audience for your book idea, and how to tailor it to appeal?
**Have you explored the idea of using a book publishing service but been scared off by publishing scammers? (And there are many…)

The help you need to write your book and get it out there

The bad news, is that writing a book today just adds to the millions of books out there all fighting for attention on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other online outlets, plus the few large bricks-and-mortar outlets that still manage to keep their heads above water.

The good news, is that there are now several more ways to publish a book and none of them carry the old-fashioned stigma of “vanity publishing.” [Read more…]

Halloween special: a whole horror story from this amazing new book

Wednesday is Halloween and if you are anywhere near west Northamptonshire (England) and want to share some spine-creeping stories in one of the spookiest locations you’ve ever seen the night before, on Oct 30th, read on. And if you’re thousands of miles away but love the horror genre, take a long hard look at this book. Details here.

The Second Corona Book of Horror StoriesTo give you a flavour of the event – and the anthology – here follows my own story contribution in its gory entirety. As if only to make things even more horrifying I will actually be at this event and will be reading the story to the audience…

Whatever you’re doing, have an utterly gruesome Halloween. Enjoy.

Upside Down

by Suzan St Maur

Silence.

Then a few creaking sounds.

Then some mooing. Eldred opened his eyes, but saw no cows. [Read more…]

How not to write book reviews on Amazon

Much gnashing of teeth has been heard recently from the bottom-feeders of the book publishing world, about the rather sensitive topic of Amazon reviews.

how not to write book reviews

If you go to the trouble of setting up the review of a book you’ve read (whether on Amazon or elsewhere) your job is to give an honest opinion of it…

There have been several years of laughable scams – too many to document here but voici a few examples to refresh your memory:

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 2

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

Although it took a while, Amazon finally lost its sense of humour a while ago, tightened up the regulations, and stopped allowing obviously fake reviews. No longer will people be able to get reviews from willing workers in countries where English is hardly spoken at all, members of their own family (using the same last name), one person with 18 Amazon accounts in fake names, etc. etc.

But still the scammers wriggle their way around the rules

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A complete novel writing course here on HTWB – for nothing

I was scrolling through the series of 30 novel writing tutorials we published here on HTWB a while ago and thought how difficult it was to find them in order, so I have listed them all here for you to use. It will make it a lot easier for you to go through the course in the correct order. As always, there’s no charge.

writing fiction on HTWB
It’s an excellent course written by novelist and publisher Lucy McCarragher, who re-edited and eventually turned it into a book [Read more…]

Writing at speed: how can this benefit authors?

Do you regard having to write stuff for work or other pursuit as a tedious chore to be done as fast as possible?


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Is writing really one of those boring jobs like your accounts or your filing or washing the coffee cups that you want to get done and out of the way so you’re then free to do something interesting?

Has writing really become pure gruntwork along with these other humdrum procedures?

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