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Speech: The Joy of Giving an Author Talk – At Short Notice #amwriting

My neighbour came to the door last Sunday afternoon. Said she had a favour to ask. I thought she was going to ask me to look after her cat for a few days. But no, that wasn’t it. She is president of the local branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) and the speaker lined… Continue reading Speech: The Joy of Giving an Author Talk – At Short Notice #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

When I was looking for a literary agent and publisher for my first novel, Change of Life, nearly ten years ago, one of the rejection reasons I was given was the age of my main characters. I was told nobody wanted to read a romance where the prospective couple were in their late forties and… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

  As I said in my last post I find the genre thing for novel classification rather tricky. As a writer, I don’t want to mislead prospective readers by getting the labelling wrong. But I also want to make sure my books appeal to and reach my target readership when they’re browsing the shelves in… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

Part 1 of 3 As the publication date for my next novel draws ever closer, my thoughts are now turning to how to ensure it catches the eye of prospective readers both online and in book shops. An attractive cover and an engaging back-cover summary will of course be essential – and by working with… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

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No Resolutions but Good Intentions: Writing, Reading and Reflecting in 2018

In spite of the time of year this is not a post about resolutions. I think the other 3Rs that this blog is based on ­- Writing, Reading and Reflecting are quite sufficient. However, I do want to share with you some of my ongoing plans and intentions for the blog and my writing in… Continue reading No Resolutions but Good Intentions: Writing, Reading and Reflecting in 2018

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Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

Listening, Linking and Learning Writing can be a lonely job.There are times when it can feel as if your only friends are your imaginary ones. Most of us work alone. There are no colleagues to chat to over coffee or to share lunch breaks with. There’s nobody on hand to help if you hit a… Continue reading Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections