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What makes a great review?

I need to say first that I really value reviews, and appreciate the effort and commitment of those who write them. I've been thinking a lot about them lately, prompted by my first experience of a 'blog tour', and also by a passing comment from a friend who wanted to...

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How do I sell successfully, as a self-published author?

All self-published writers know that the hardest part of the whole process is not the writing, which is creative and challenging and satisfying. The bit we struggle with is getting our books into the hands of readers, and having those readers pay a price commensurate...

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What price expertise?

How easy it must be to finish a manuscript and just send it off, confident that a small army of people employed by your adoring publisher will immediately step up to do everything necessary to get your masterpiece into the hands of equally adoring readers. Editors,...

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I’m keeping my writing plans private

So, the week's writing adventure at the Arvon centre in The Hurst, John Osborne's house in Shropshire, is done. Monday to Saturday, five days of thinking and writing and talking and sharing, and cooking and washing up. And very enjoyable it was too. Two well-prepared...

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How long will readers stay loyal?

I'm trying to keep my ideas open and fluid around the issue of future writing. At the end of the last post I wondered whether I could sell copies of my backlist books if I didn't have a new book to add to the list. Now my conversations with myself, and with others in...

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How can I enjoy my writing more?

It's some weeks since my last post, and I'm still debating whether I want to write another book. It could help if I could pin down why the prospect feels problematic. What is it that fills me with trepidation? I've already accepted that my recollections of the past...

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Should I stop writing, or keep going?

Regular readers might have picked up from recent posts that I'm having a bit of a crisis about my writing and whether to continue. It's not about whether I can write: I think I can, and have published some good stuff. Readers love my books and tell me so. No, it's not...

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Why am I always in a hurry?

The last blog post was all about slowing down, taking things easy, enjoying the unusually lovely weather, and yet here I am, only a few days later, reflecting on my default attitude to life which seems to be 'Life is short, don't hang around, make decisions, get...

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Summer break

For what seems like the first time in decades, I have nothing much to do, think about or worry about, or plan for, or worry about not planning for - you know how it goes. No matter how many things you're juggling, there's still the worry that you've missed something...

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