5 Tips for Writing Gripping Suspense

You don’t have to write in the suspense genre to use the techniques to create suspense within your novel. These techniques capture your reader’s attention and holds it to the thrilling conclusion. Suspense comes from the reader fearing what will happen next to a character they care about. The character must risk losing what matters […]

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Feedback, Reviews & the ARC

This blog is all about feedback. I recommend seeking feedback at every stage of your manuscript through to – and beyond – publication. Initially it will improve your manuscript. Then, once published, reviews boost sales, and the more reviews the better. I also offer tips on how to source feedback and reviews. Feedback on Drafts […]

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Marketing for Authors: making the most of Goodreads

Goodreads is a social media platform to talk about books, and nothing but books. As it has around 90 million members, it is a good place for new readers to discover your book. Unlike other social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, you don’t have to spend much time on Goodreads to draw attention […]

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A Literary Lockdown

As we watched COVID-19 spread across the globe, few anticipated the impact the pandemic would have on the book world. This blog casts its eye over the good and the bad of the literary lockdown, and at how we have learnt to do things differently. Literary Festivals While many literary events cancelled completely, some notable […]

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Marketing for Authors: making the most of Amazon

Whether an author is published traditionally or independently, marketing is essential for book sales. I will be writing about different aspects of marketing in future blogs, but here I want to focus on Amazon and the author. Amazon Author Page As Amazon holds around two-thirds of the global online book market, it is not a […]

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The World Tree

The World Tree (also known as Cosmic Tree or Axis Mundi) is a recurring mytheme across many different cultures. It is a colossal tree whose branches extend to the heavens, the trunk exists in the realm of all living things, and whose roots delve deep into the underworld. So widespread is the myth, that it […]

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So you want an author’s website?

Do you need a website? A website is your shopfront. It gives your readers more information about you, your books and your brand, and it can bring in revenue. All in one place. BUT, it does not come free—even the most tech-savvy author has to pay annual domain fees (and if you have multiple pen-names […]

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Lost & Waiting: the Wardian Case

The plants and ecoregions of the world are under threat from urbanization, deforestation, mining, landfill, fire, climate change, plus air, water, and soil pollution. Much fine non-fiction nature writing addresses these issues, but is it preaching to the converted? What of the people for whom these concerns are too factual, too serious, too much to […]

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Out Now…

Evangeline’s discovery of a Victorian journal sets in motion a high-octane adventure fusing past, present and myth. When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth:  the World Tree. Morgan’s words share life […]

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Magic mode: magic(al) realism and the author

If you are confused by the term ‘magic realism’, you’re not alone. The wide variety of novels and short stories all claiming to be magic realism can be bewildering, ranging as they do across romance, family saga, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, surrealist, fabulist, slipstream, absurdist and weird fiction. How can this be? In literature, […]

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Now Available…

Operateur Cephalique, line engraving by Campion, 17–. Credit Wellcome Collection CC BY The Nag’s Head by Amanda Read A short horror story based on a character of French folklore targeting Enlightenment-era female empowerment. Published by Breaking Rules Publishing, Horror Magazine April 2020 Issue. Breaking Rules Publishing Horror magazine April issue. Available in eBook and Paperback. […]

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Fox as Symbol

Header photo: Joachim Munter This post looks at how the fox is portrayed across cultures in folklore and myth, and how this has influenced language and literature. The fox appears in the folklore of many cultures as a trickster with a double-identity, often with magic powers and the ability to transform. Its nature, cunning yet […]

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