Taking Grammarly for a test drive

Taking Grammarly for a test drive

Some days I need a pedantic friend with a touch of obsessive behavior to read through my work. Most times I don’t have one to hand, though, and that’s where a program like Grammarly can come in handy. This week I took it for a spin to see whether it would be a useful...

Permission to publish – who needs it?

There is no better time to be writing and publishing books than now. We’ve had the funeral when everyone thought books were dead, and now we’re in publishing paradise, where there are innumerable ways to write a book and to get it into the hands (five-fingered or...
Your perfect (writing) partner

Your perfect (writing) partner

This week a motivational speaker asked me, “How do I find a ghostwriter who can capture my voice?” She went on to explain that she had worked with writers before who seemed hellbent on cleaning her up. “I’m very opinionated and sometimes my language...
Lean In and get over it

Lean In and get over it

We need to get over the idea that one book can do it all – lead a revolution, fix your life, explain the universe. Unless the author is Marx or God (who clearly had a lot of help from co-writers). Lean In is written by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg...

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...