Proud to be a ghost

Proud to be a ghost

Most of my writing work these days is about helping other people to write their stories. Oh all right, I might as well admit it: I do a lot of ghostwriting. I don’t like the term, though, because most people think that what I do is deceitful. It’s hard to...
The Simple Things

The Simple Things

I have to come clean — I am no domestic goddess. There are days when I get caught up in the consumer frenzy: I succumb to over-packaged frivolities in the supermarket aisles; I call for takeaway because I can’t bear cooking dinner; and I rack up a new pair of shoes on...
Are book publishers looking at your blog?

Are book publishers looking at your blog?

We all blog for different reasons. For some, it’s an outlet. For others, it’s about making an income. And for another group, it’s about catching the eye of a publisher. Hopefully. But are book publishers looking at your blog? We’ve all heard about the Blog To Book...

How to have a career as a writer

This is a third extract from my new ebook, Get Published. This one is towards the end of the book, looking at the big picture of being a published author. Are you winning the war? Kelly Gottuso Mortimer from Mortimer Literary Agency has this advice for writers. ‘Don’t...

What publishers really want

Today’s extract from Get Published is from around the middle of the book. This answers the question I get asked most often by aspiring authors: what do publishers really want from authors? What publishers really want (apart from a proposal) Believe me, I WANT to love...