Seven excellent Snapchat tips for authors

Bloomberg recently declared that over 150 million people are using snapchat, daily. That’s more users than there are on twitter. So as an author, why wouldn’t you get on board?

But how can we as authors best use snapchat as a tool? Read my seven tips for snap- chatting authors at Book machine

Add yourself to this list of snapchatting authors



Writer’s Diary 6: Every Sentence



I recently finished a novel. It was a love novel, one of those ones you write because you love the subject or something about it. I love meta-fiction – it’s a meta-fiction novel.

But now that I have finished, what next? I’m now writing another novel, this one may be a series, but we will see.

I’ve come to realise that I missed the love I have for writing and words and sentences. I lost that lovin’ feeling with the publication of my novel, The Neighbour. I got all wound up in the expectations that I put on myself to promote on social media.

But I’ve wound all that back and loving writing again. What do I love? I love that every sentence is an opportunity to convey meaning – and that is simply it. I love sentences.

I love my chair, the blank page, and sentences.


That Word When: Writer’s diary, 3.



There’s nothing wrong with the word ‘when’, and many many writers, including myself, use it in the way that I’m about to tell you can distance your reader from the action and lose them a little bit; they might start thinking of cats and drop the book and look around for the kitty litter tray and never come back. I’ve just read this sentence at the beginning of my chapter 9:

When Ulrik breathes in the taste of hot dust, he remembers where he is.” And I’ve edited out two words, ‘when’ and ‘he’. “Ulrik breathes in the taste of hot dust, and remembers where he is.”

The difference is that the word ‘when’  means the action is not happening now, it happened at some time in the past or will happen some time in the future. There’s no urgency to keep reading, it’s not happening right now, and there’s probably no dire consequences bc Ulrik is perfectly fine right now. Taking out that word ‘when’ has dropped the reader right into the action.

Writer’s Diary: 1


(Apologies for the repost, I’m changing my theme and rearranging my blog.)

THE process an author goes through is detailed and individual. In Writer’s Diary I will dip in and note what it is that I do to create my current novel. The posts will be short and to the point, and, on the topic of writing, only. I hope it is useful to both you and me!

I’m currently working my way through a draft of ABSENCE. It’s something like the fifth or sixth draft. (when I think about it, it’s a lot more than that!) As I deleted approximately 50,000w in the last draft the MS was down to about 40k, but the essence of the story is now very clear and tight. So now I’m working my way through and expanding every idea in each chapter. I’m also working backward from C60 back to C1 so that I give every attention to the individual chapters rather than getting lost in the entire story. It’s now back up to just over 63k and I’m at C28.

A Note On Novellas


 I recently had my novella published, and,  I’ll tell you who has noticed, novella writers. I’ve had a lot of writers come up to me and say, since your novella came out I’ve thought about 1) starting a novella 2) cutting my novel down to a novella 3) submitting my already written novella. I’ve lost count how many people have said this. It’s in the tens, and I don’t talk to a lot of people (read: strange introverted writer). I’m not surprised, are you? Have you heard people baulk at the size of The Luminaries? Readers want to read it, but they just don’t have the time. What they do have time for, and devour, are novellas and flashers. What’s the difference between reading one or two novellas and The Luminaries I hear you ask? The ending. Readers want to get to the end and feel the whole story. I will say that all of the readers who have said this to me are writers, and writers love to read (they’re possibly propping up the industry-happy to be wrong about that) but they have no time to do so. They’re all busy promoting their work, aren’t they. It’s hard work to find a home for your book, especially when everyone is doing it; writers spew forth from the underground network of new subdivisions like ninjas, and we’re all figuring out how we got there by writing it down, and then we want to get it published. That’s what we’re up against writers. (Here’s a tip to gain the advantage: edit, or have someone do so for you.) Can I waste your time and get excited for a second? How cool is the e-book industry? How accessible and immediate and engaging with the current world of readers looking for short works (read novellas) to devour. I hear people bagging the e-book industry like weevils in my ear, but it’s super astronomical: want it? Download it. Got it. And that’s how long it takes to get it. How much? Not much: four or five dollars, usually. What the? I want me some of that industry. Perhaps it’s evolved out of the rise of complexity in this publishing industry that squeezes till it pops, and out squirts new options from new doors. Who knows? But options have opened up all over the place. There really is an abundance of small publishers asking for smaller work, and they’re catering to the needs of readers and writers. Can I list some for you? Seizure; HologramSpineless Wonders; HarperTeen ImpulseNovellaT. Oh look, I haven’t got time to create links for you, there’s a whole list here have a looky yourself. I’m off now to read The Luminaries, and The Sea The Sea, and Infinite Jest and Underworld. Stop laughing; I am: click here  Novella spots.  Go to it Novella writers. Get your novella on.

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