Mathematical Mondays: The Percentages of Plot

I’m sure someone wiser, prettier, and kinder to children than I am has already discussed this, but it struck me the other day whilst working on the NaNoWriMo novel (sometimes affectionately, sometimes disparagingly known as “No. 2”) that I didn’t know whether my plot was proportionately pleasing, so to speak. Is what’s happening, happening at the right time, or…

Writing Pyjamas

Word Count: Something or t’other. Deleted Words I Swore I Wouldn’t Edit: 10,000 I don’t often do personal posts, but writing 2,000 words a day during NaNoWriMo necessitates desperate measures, sometimes. Having no time to research anything informative which might actually be useful for any data fans out there, I’ve been forced to drag this…

On Assisted Publishing, Self-Publishing, And Insanely Optimistic Feelings

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 3 and a half, approx, give or take 1,000 So, even in the twilight hell that is NaNoWriMo, I’ve been exploring different publishing methods lately, mostly through the efforts of some very talented Dublin-based authors and their publishing experiences. And the results of these investigations are absolutely inspiring. I am a total pessimist (I have…

How Do You Write For An International Market?

They say, ‘Write what you know’. Or the world will see through you. That’s all very fine and well, except when you turn out exceptionally beautiful prose in your unique and local dialect, which readers beyond the next mountain find difficult to understand. Or in more general terms, America. I know James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, Irvine Welsh and Dylan…

Mathematical Mondays: The Effect of Blockbusters on Book Sales

…Exploring dubious theories by using real numbers to prove intangible arguments Today’s suspicious sum is for anyone currently fretting about whether the publication of their book might get eaten up, run over and spat on by the unfortunately simultaneous release of the blockbuster of the century. How Does A Runaway Blockbuster Affect Other Book Sales? Where: Sn = Normal/Achieveable Sales…

An Open Letter to the Hair on Peaky Blinders

Gosh, open letters seem to be the weapon of choice these days, don’t they? And I have something to get off my chest. So today, we interrupt normal booky programming to bring you this message. Dear BBC Productions, Sometimes, when I’m watching your work, I have an irresistable urge to hunt down some of the crew,…

New! Mathematical Mondays

…Exploring dubious theories by using real numbers to prove intangible arguments. Today: Why You Should Be Writing A Book The Formula (Where y= number of books read by a regular reader in 1 year and  P = population) How Many People Could Be Reading Your Book? I read between 20-40 books a year, depending on how long, literary,…