Onward and Upward

It's a sunny day here in Luxembourg. The heatwave has eased, the rain has stopped, and it's perfect weather for sitting out on the patio and pouring thoughts and words into my laptop. I started looking through my Scrivener folder of "Unfinished Works". More accurately, it should be called, "Started and Stalled". Some authors struggle …

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Dysprosium : SciFi Convention

Dysprosium was the 66th annual UK SciFi Convention, held at Easter 2015. (Yes, I'm still playing "catch-up".) Overview Weird and wacky, thoughtful and intelligent, and a Real Ale bar permanently packed-out with hobbits. Well, not real hobbits, but hairy folk wearing homespun and sandals. (For my non-UK readers, Real Ales are traditional beers produced by smaller breweries with …

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Anthologies and Contests #2

Last time, I praised the opportunities for unpublished writers offered by submitting to Anthologies and Contests. So where do you start in your search for Anthologies and Contests seeking submissions? Today, I list a good number of links below, to get you started. And please note that I in no way endorse any of these …

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Failing To Spot A Winner

. The traditional publishing industry does not exactly have 100% record of identifying books carrying the stamp of massive popularity and commercial success. Consider this list of best-sellers from various genres and their initial rejection totals (source: "How Stuff Works"): Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (38) Dune by Frank Herbert (20) Carrie by Stephen King (30) Dubliners …

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FollowBack Mountain?

"Build a platform", they all said, to become famous and influential before you publish your first novel. Market something that does not exist? We used to call it "vapourware", now it's "work-in-progress". But I followed conventional wisdom... I joined a dozen or more platforms, forums and exchanges. I participated in campaigns to encourage Followers and at …

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A Beginner’s Tale #1

At time of writing, my Book Summaries page indicates that I am working on two books at once. But it's much worse than that. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and listen to the salutary tale of a beginner... In late 2011, I had sold my consultancy and was looking forward to a retirement of …

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