Stop Complaining – You’re The Problem

What's Bookstagram's favourite topic to talk about? Bestselling authors? Scented candles? Rainbow bookshelves? Maybe, if there's enough time, even the occasional book? That would be the obvious conclusion, but no. It's the Algorithm.  Everyone but the lucky few get hit by the Algorithm, deserving of its capital letter through the sheer frustration it inspires in... Continue Reading →

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Don’t Say You’d Like to Write

I love complaining about it. I love reading about it. I love hearing about others do it but most of all, I love doing it myself. If you can't tell, I'm talking about writing. It's more than just a hobby for me - it's a major part of my life and my identity. I practice... Continue Reading →

Sell Your Soul To Save It

Did you ever see that episode of the Simpsons where Lisa wants to be an author but struggles, while Homer and Bart successfully write a commercial series with a team of friends? It was called The Book Job and although when it came out I was eleven and didn't really have a proper idea about... Continue Reading →

Bookstagram is Elitist

To readers, this shouldn't be a surprise. A world where we rank people on their popularity based on what they have and how good it looks. Sounds more like the plot of the next big YA dystopian trilogy than an online community, but I'm barely exaggerating. Don't get me wrong - I love Bookstagram and... Continue Reading →

‘The Bestseller Code’ Condensed

A smash-hit bestseller appears a freak event, impossible to predict, yet in their daring book The Bestseller Code, Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers argue that there is, in fact, a winning formula. All you need is a highly sophisticated algorithm trained on bestseller for years. It's a fantastic book and fascinating to read whether you... Continue Reading →

We Can Make 2018 Better For Indie Authors

Last night I read through Mark Coker's predictions for the indie publishing industry for the next year. If you don't know who he is, he's the founder of the excellent eBook publishers and distributors, Smashwords, who I used to publish A Grey Valentine's. If you haven't read his predictions for the next year, I recommend you go... Continue Reading →

The Only Essential Writer’s Tools

There's a difference between enjoyable and essential. A few days ago I did a post on my favourite writing tools of 2017and yeah, I love them, but I don't need them. People make a big deal out of things they say they need for writing, like a hot beverage and an intricate outline and a soundscape of... Continue Reading →

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