Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Why I Chose Indie

Traditional Or Indie? A Fundamental Question Should I find a traditional publisher for my brand-new baby book, or self-publish? It’s perhaps the first fork on the twisty road from writer to author. In 2020, it is a more relevant question than ever. Here are some factors that led to my decision, in case it helps you with yours. Some background: I completed my first novel in 2019, a massage therapy thriller called The Night Nurse.…

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The First Sentence – or, How Lee Child Gets It Right

When I picked up the latest Lee Child novel, Never Go Back – well, grabbed it out of my wife’s hand as she walked through the door – and opened it up to the first page, after the first sentence I had to pause. ‘He nailed it,’ I thought to myself, ‘the bugger did it again.’ Then I dove back in and didn’t surface for two days. Let me explain. I’ve been studying writing for…

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I Am The King Of The World – Following Your Own Rules

We can remake the world as we see fit. One of the main joys of writing stories is the ability to rewrite the rules – from giving voice and sensibility to farm animals to reimagining the laws of physics. One minor drawback – we have to follow the new rules we’ve made. It’s called plausible narrative, or suspension of disbelief, or half a dozen other things, but it all comes down to not losing your…

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Delusions of Grandeur, Premonitions of Doom – or, The Ups and Downs of Writing

This story is great. No, it’s garbage. Everybody will want to read this. Nobody will get past the first page. I’m going to be rich and famous from this stuff! I might as well give up right now. Sound familiar? I’m convinced that writing fiction is one of the most manic-depressive jobs in existence. Every single writer I’ve talked to has had to deal with the twin demons of fame and failure, at least at…

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