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Churning out novels is hard work

I always wanted to be like Jaime, in Martha Grimes’ novel Foul Matter. Foul Matter is about authors, editors, egos and contracts in the publishing industry. The authors in the story include best selling writer Paul Giverney, who is between contracts at the moment, literary writer Ned Islay, and Jamie. Jamie churns out four books…

Symbols and simpler language

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, and it’s true. If you see a sign like this on a box: you know that: The package is fragile You need to handle it with care You need to carry it upright. If you had chosen to write the warning instead, what would you have…

More on blogs and websites for writers

Carrying on the theme of a recent post … sites for writers seems to be a common subject at present. Jessica Faust, over at Bookends LLC – A Literary Agency, gives the following advice about web sites for unpublished writers. She recommends getting a web site now, before you are published, as you need the…

Work in progress

Mathers is a wimp. He’s taken over from Scott in the wimp stakes and I’m not sure how to fix him. All Sherylyn can say is “Really?” She is so surprised. I think she should expect one wimp per novel. One wimp per draft, until the last draft. Maybe that’s how we’ll know when we…