Tag: book editing

The New Slush Pile? It’s On Our Kindles

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

Have you ever read a book and thought – there’s something not quite right here, but I can’t put my finger on it, so I might just go and watch that thing everyone’s been talking about on Netflix instead? Me too. And as usual, I’ve been looking for people to blame. You’re welcome.

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We Have Fast Fashion. Now It’s Time For Fast Fiction

Why We Have To Stop Justifying Women’s Fiction Right Now

When customers want things, they want things now. They don’t want to wait for things to be manufactured or delivered or tested or marketed. If the fashion industry is now managing to get from catwalk to customer in six weeks, why does it take a year for a book which has already been written to get on the market? Also, naked men. Honest.

Authors! Your First Chapter Is Killing Your Book

To begin with, let’s make one thing clear: first chapters SUCK. The best first chapters in the world still suck – for writers, that is. The simplistic beauty of killer first lines and blockbuster beginnings, which hook the reader in several different ways, will usually cause their writers to collapse in a puddle of headachey sweat, eyes rolled back,…