November means NaNoWriMo!

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November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]

Kindle Scout: the final week

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I’ve been running a Kindle Scout campaign for three weeks now. The first two weeks were great, with plenty of time in ‘hot and trending’. But week 3… Week three was both difficult and focusing. I’d exhausted all my personal contacts and had to urgently think up new strategies. I haven’t connected my day job […]

Day 15 update – half way through Kindle Scout

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So I’m half way through and I’ve had an accelerated learning experience over the past two weeks! Kindle Scout makes you evaluate exactly what you know about social networking against what tools are out there. It also makes you evaluate how comfortable you are with the process. Self publishing has had a bashing this week in […]

Kindle Scout day 10 update – social networking

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It’s day ten in the Kindle Scout house and things got a little bit crazy when I realised that I would have to move out of my comfort zone. The first week was a ‘getting to know you’ experience where, for most of the week, I languished in ‘hot and trending’. I uploaded my novel […]

Kindle Scout day 5 update – Hot and Trending?

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After submitting my novel to Kindle Scout five days ago I’ve been stepping up social networking. My Facebook friends have been brilliant at spreading the word about my campaign, so a huge thank you to them! Random Acts of Unkindness was ‘hot and trending’ for the first three days, but imagine my horror when I […]

Submitting a Novel to Kindle Scout

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I’ve always wondered how Amazon Publishing works. When I looked into the process I found that they have a ‘Kindle Scout’ section where the author uploads a novel and readers nominate it for publication by Kindle Press. The difference between this and straightforward KDP self-publishing is that if the novel is selected through kindle Press it […]

What, When, Where? with Tanya Reimer

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Continuing the What, Where, When? feature of writers and their writing processes, I am very pleased to welcome Tanya Reimer, author of many speculative fiction novels, to the blog to talk about her writing life. What do you write? I am a writing addict. I will try anything in any dosage. I once had an editor […]

Literary Fiction or Genre Fiction: who decides?

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I’m not the first to write about this subject and I won’t be the last, but watching Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro debate genre fiction piqued my interest in genre boundaries. They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated. Only the other day, an author on […]

NaNoWriMo 2014 – What I got from completing National Novel Writing Month

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So it’s the end of November and how did I do at National Novel Writing Month? Well, I won. I sat down and typed words every day in November. I also wrote some short stories in November, but didn’t include these in my word count, as wanted to stay true to the ‘novel’ aspect of […]

November means Nanowrimo

Posted Posted in nanowrimo, New Year, Novel, Stories, Storytelling

November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]