How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com A writer I follow on Twitter recently tweeted about a rejection she received from a literary agent. Apparently the agent loved her story but didn’t feel she had enough of a platform to take her on as a client. While there are authors who wow agents and publishers with…… Continue reading How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

Should you use American English for submissions to US agents and publishers?

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels. Over the years, I’ve submitted many short stories to international literary journals. Most of the work I’ve had published overseas, though, has been in the UK and Ireland. As I contemplate approaching overseas agents for representation of my psychological suspense novel, I’ve been wondering about expectations for manuscripts submitted…… Continue reading Should you use American English for submissions to US agents and publishers?

The importance of kindness in the #WritingCommunity

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com In the last few months, we’ve all been affected by the global pandemic. Not one of us has escaped. Some have lost jobs or loved ones, some have faced the stress of exposure to the virus at work, and others are dealing with disrupted routines and the nightmare juggle…… Continue reading The importance of kindness in the #WritingCommunity

Networking 101: How to engage with the #writingcommunity

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com If you want to be a writer, you need to engage with the writing community. It makes sense to network if you want to break into a new career, and it also makes sense to find supportive friends to help you through the inevitable rejections and failure. When you are…… Continue reading Networking 101: How to engage with the #writingcommunity

Books on writing that are actually worth reading

A few months ago I reached out to the wonderful writing community on Twitter. I had just finished the messy first draft of a novel and wanted to learn more about narrative structure before tackling an edit. Unsurprisingly, I was inundated with recommendations of books about the craft of writing. The response was so helpful,…… Continue reading Books on writing that are actually worth reading

Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Twitter is a divisive social media platform: people either love it or hate, and sometimes both on the same day. When I decided to build my social media presence a year ago, I set up a Facebook author page and began to engage with the writing community on Twitter. At first, Facebook seemed the more…… Continue reading Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter