Sep
18

The Hook for the Book

Eve Unknown... the blurb

For me, the "blurb" at the back of a book is what makes or breaks a purchase when I'm considering a new author. It's essentially a marketing pitch and if that little description can hook me, I'm in.

I've had the blurb roughed out for my book since before Chapters 5 was written but I didn't feel like I'd "earned" the right to post it anywhere publically until the first draft was completed.  But now that I'm onto the revision side of things, it feels like the perfect time to dust those 164 words off and throw them up for the world to see.

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Sep
12

First Draft Complete! 
[BONUS: Sanity Still Intact]

My Gift To Me

This past summer I typed the words “THE END” at the bottom of my manuscript. Granted it's only the first draft and there's still lots of work left to do before I approach the scary scary world of publishing, but bloody hell! I wrote a frickin' book! And it's a book I would seriously devour in a crazy rush of sleepless nights and neglected housework!

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Dec
31

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Stay On Target - Gold Five

I am a numbers fanatic.  In fact, I'd pick numbers over people nine times out of ten. 

Numbers are safe and logical.  They aren't prone to fits of rage or loneliness, and they don't mock you or tell you "I told you so" when you make a mistake – they just wait with endless patience until you figure things out for yourself.

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Dec
28

Hey Self: Have a Slice of Humble Pie… No, no… I insist.

I Need A TARDIS

My last post was almost a full year ago.  When I wrote that post, I had a goal; I had a mission; I had a plan.  I would be done the complete first draft of my manuscript by Nov 2013 and I’d have something worthy of being circulated to agents and publishers by the end of the year. 

The end of the year is coming this week… apparently a lot can change in twelve months.

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Jan
5

Rule #4: The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the MOM.

You Mean Kids DON'T Raise Themselves?

Well it's 2013 and most resolutions won't survive into next week, let alone next year. But contrary to popular believe, it's not because our champagne-fuelled hopes for the New Year are too lofty.  You see, there's an insidious and uncontrollable foe, lurking unseen in the shadows just waiting to thwart our best-made plans.   It's a sinister and formidable resolution-foiling force of nature called Mommy Guilt.

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