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Do social issues belong in novels? Or should fiction help us to escape the world’s problems?

I can’t believe it’s time for another Round Robin. (I say this every month! Life is galloping away with me.) Today’s theme has got me thinking hard again. What current issues are important to you? How often do modern social/global issues have a place in your stories? These are both great questions. Here is my…… Continue reading Do social issues belong in novels? Or should fiction help us to escape the world’s problems?

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Making a success of your 5 free days on Amazon

If you’re a writer you’ll know you can’t just write a brilliant book, have it superbly edited with an excellent cover, and then upload it to Amazon and wait for people to buy it in their droves. (Ha! How I wish!) You have to let people know it’s there. A few weeks ago I enrolled…… Continue reading Making a success of your 5 free days on Amazon

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Starting in the right place and staying focused on your story. 5 tips from Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom is a senior editor with Harlequin in the US, and I’ve been following her blog (Romance is My Day Job – great title!) for quite a while now. Although Patience doesn’t post very often, when she does it’s always useful, and I’ve picked up many a tip, especially on things to avoid when…… Continue reading Starting in the right place and staying focused on your story. 5 tips from Patience Bloom

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J.K. Rowling’s Exeter and the Exeter Novel Prize

A couple of months ago a manuscript I’m working on was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize, and last Saturday the award ceremony was held in (of course!) the city of Exeter. So, at the weekend I travelled all the way to Devon for the ceremony. Exeter is a pretty long way away for me.…… Continue reading J.K. Rowling’s Exeter and the Exeter Novel Prize

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8 Tips on Writing Faster from Writers in the Storm

There are some blogs I follow that always deliver great advice for writers, and one of these is Writers in the Storm. For ages now I’ve been trying to increase my daily word count. This week Writers in the Storm published this great post, which I’m reblogging here: 8 Tips on Writing Faster – and…… Continue reading 8 Tips on Writing Faster from Writers in the Storm

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How to put down your book and start writing more productively

Well, another month has passed, and it’s time for our Round Robin already. Where do all the weeks go? It’s a good question to ask for this post, since this week’s theme is on the subject of time –  namely, how do we find time to read, and time to write? My answer to the…… Continue reading How to put down your book and start writing more productively

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Promoting your new book – advice from #MFRWauthor @kayelleallen

About a year ago I joined an excellent support group called Marketing for Romance Writers. The group was started by Kayelle Allen, initially for romance writers, as the title suggests, but now, because the promotional advice and support offered by the group is so wide-ranging, the group encompasses writers of all genres. The MFRW group…… Continue reading Promoting your new book – advice from #MFRWauthor @kayelleallen