Confessions of an Accidental Self-Publisher – Part 3

Difficult Decisions... After much reading and rereading of my multi-rejected novel, I realised it was time to work out exactly what I wanted to do. Give up? Or punish myself further? Before deciding, I combed through it for the umpteenth time, and gave it my most critical eye yet. There was one particular chapter in …

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Confessions of an Accidental Self-Publisher – Part 2

Learning Curve... One of the first things I learned when I decided to write a novel was: “You can’t polish a turd”. Many a time I’d written a story that appeared so unworkable the best course of action was to save it under ‘trash’. This strategy seemed the kindest thing to do. I have since …

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Without Thinking... When I started my first and hitherto only finished novel nearly fourteen years ago, I had dreams of it being picked up by a major publisher. Sometimes I imagined an agent would discover me. But the more I wrote, the more I’d see myself as a victim of self-delusion. All too regularly I’d …

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Book News: The Eternal Machine

The trailer is here... https://www.youtube.com/embed/FW9jiENdaXw Thumbnail images adapted from images by: Jessicahyde (Adobe), frenta (Adobe) & Atelier Sommerland (Adobe) After nearly 14 years of writing, rewriting, sending out, waiting for rejections, rewriting, sending out, waiting for more rejections, rewriting, sending out, waiting, rewriting, sending out, waiting, forever and ever…I finally opted to self-publish. That was over …

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Oh Those Ambiguities…

Blogging The Editing Day #7 Usually I love ambiguity. A morally ambiguous character can challenge preconceived ideas. Ambiguous dialogue can show that the speaker is either dissembling or being awkwardly polite. Ambiguous settings are right at home in speculative fiction, while ambiguous endings mirror the bitter-sweetness of life. In humour, intentional ambiguity (pun) can be …

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