There’s An Indie Publishing Gold Rush, And Guess Who’s Making A Killing?

There’s An Indie Publishing Gold Rush, And Guess Who’s Making A Killing?

It is a little-known fact that the old trope of a piano falling on someone’s head was inspired by every Irish person ever who felt proud of themselves for even five minutes. In this post I deal with misplaced pride, indie publishing scams, bogus bestsellers, my difficult childhood, and why if you want to be original, you should never read anything written by anyone else. Ever.

Is Amazon Changing How We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

Is Amazon Changing The Way We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

Amazon’s algorithms don’t like the concept of General Fiction. If books are being sold more on the basis of genre than content, is content changing to suit genre fads? I think so. And if you’ve ever read a book which promised something it didn’t deliver, or seemed like two different plots or styles clumsily slapped together, you might think so, too.

Why You Should Never Live With A Historical Fiction Hero

Why You Should Never Live With A Historical Fiction Hero

Historical fiction can be a refuge for people exhausted by modern problems or fearful for the future. A panacea for all today’s ills. Nobody is more reassuring than the hero of a historical fiction novel – the man who has the answers to everything whilst somehow also understanding the consequences of his actions.

But what would it be like to live with a historical fiction hero? Would it make life simpler? Or might dead pigeons and his fear of toasters make it a generation gap too far?

Is Your Reading Beating Up Your Writing?

Is Your Reading Beating Up Your Writing?

We’re told that by far the best training for writers is reading. But what happens when what you’re reading is being a big bully? Tempting you with sweet nothings? Calling you names? Interfering with your confidence and ability to write? I have a conversation with an unbearably smug book to explore the concept, and discover something nasty.