For the love of a library

As a keen reader and a writer, you can imagine how passionate I am about libraries. This week (9-14 October) marks national Libraries Week, and I thought I'd talk a bit about what they mean to me. I practically grew up in the library in my home town, spending hours choosing books every Saturday morning.... Continue Reading →


Cover reveal – A Deadly Rejection

All the advice books say that independently published writers have to have a professionally designed cover and, my word, are they right. There is no way I could have come up with something like this! The beautiful cover for my debut crime novel A Deadly Rejection is ready and good to go for the launch... Continue Reading →

Working with a proofreader

If you’re going to make your self-published book look professional, it’s vital that you go through every step that a traditionally published book would go through. Proofreading is a stage that you absolutely can’t do without. Yes, your book has been seen by a professional editor and you’ve read it a thousand times. Your beta... Continue Reading →

Why a writer needs a mentor

Writing, as has been discussed many times, is a solitary job; even if it’s only your hobby at the moment, you can feel very isolated. When I was feeling a bit lost and uninspired in my professional life, I got myself a mentor. She was fantastic. Several years ahead of me in terms of job... 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 →

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