How to cope when you’re feeling overwhelmed

We all have times in our life when we feel overwhelmed. There seems to be so much to do and not enough time to do it in. That’s where I’m at currently because I’m well into the process of self-publishing my first novel in October. The big jobs are done – editing, cover design –... Continue Reading →


Working with a cover designer

Independently published writers are always told that their book has to have a professionally designed cover. I certainly wouldn't be one to disagree.  Your book cover is the first thing people see and it has to be convincing. Crime fiction – in fact any fiction – is a competitive world. There are thousands of books... Continue Reading →

Top tips for attending a writing event

Next weekend is the event known in crime writing circles as ‘Harrogate’. Whenever crime writers meet the question that almost always come up is ‘Are you doing Harrogate?’. For non-crime writers this means the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival, which takes place in Harrogate, in The Swan Hotel (where Agatha Christie was discovered after going missing).... Continue Reading →

Why writers should never give up

When you’re a writer things can seem incredibly tough. Competition entries go nowhere, submissions to agents come back with a ‘thanks but no thanks’ and nothing else. It can be hard to keep going but there are any number of reasons why you should keep going. In fact, if you want some good old inspiration... Continue Reading →

The benefits of a writers’ retreat

We'd all like a bit more time with peace and quiet to get our teeth into our latest writing project. Most writers I imagine work at home, desperately trying to find a space where they can rest their laptop or notebook and getting peace and quiet is rarely that simple. When you're at home, you’re... Continue Reading →

What makes a writing space?

Back in the day when I first started out as a writer, my writing desk was a table in the corner of my living room. I lived alone and so it was fine for me to take over the table and leave it covered in papers and my laptop. Then when I started commuting I... Continue Reading →

Where do you get your ideas?

I’m sure every author’s heart sinks when they’re asked the question ‘So, where do you get your ideas?’. It’s as if the speaker suspects that there’s an ideas shop where we go to buy them. But we all know that it’s a bit different. The simple answer to the question is – anywhere and everywhere.... Continue Reading →

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