I recently wrote a post about the pros and cons of being a writer for a website called We Heart Writing.
Here’s a little excerpt
Many people dream of being a writer and seeing their books on the shelves of Barnes & Noble. And believe me, the moment you get the call telling you your book has sold to a big publisher is a life-altering moment. ♥
People glamorize and fantasize about the lives of writers. Personally I like to imagine Hemingway-style excess; empty wine bottles littering the deck, the clack clack of keyboard keys, a view of the French riviera, literary shindigs where the glitterati meet and mingle and get up to all sorts of lovely mischief. And though there are shades of this (empty wine bottles, keyboard keys clacking, mischief) the reality is much less glam.
I’ve published six books with major … Read More »
I’m at a kids birthday party when a woman I barely know grabs me by the arm and declares: ‘I have an idea that you should write about.’
I glance over her shoulder for the exits, my smile fixing into place, wondering if I should tell her it’s not ideas I’m lacking just hours in the day. ’Human trafficking,’ she announces, ‘you need to write about it.’
I tell her with an apologetic shrug that I write young adult fiction; ‘lots of car chases, hot boys and kissing. That sort of thing.’ Even as I say it, I can feel myself shrinking in her estimation, and, it must be admitted, my own. She’s talking about human trafficking and how it affects over thirty million people worldwide and I’m talking about girls with mind powers and shape-shifting demons.
I left the party with a … Read More »
This is the second post in a series about traditional publishing vs indie publishing and on how to promote your books.
I have three books coming out in the next six weeks: Out of Control, The Sound (in the US) and Come Back To Me (my first new adult novel being published by Pan Macmillan in June). My friend and fellow author Becky Wicks (who I write with under the pen name Lola Salt) is also publishing her first new adult novel Before He Was Famous, but after writing three books for Harper Collins this time she is going the indie route.
We thought it would be really interesting to document how we are both going about promoting our books and the differences between the traditional publishing and indie routes.
The first post can be read over on Becky’s … Read More »
Did you know that I also write chick-lit under the pen name Lola Salt, together with the fabulously talented Harper Collins author Becky Wicks?
Tomorrow, our FREE comedy novel will be featured alongside best-selling, world-famous Irish author and the queen of chick-lit, Marian Keyes, on the new chick-lit section on Wattpad. The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) is a fun story concocted by the two of us. Here’s my interview with Becky.
So Becky, you’re one half of Lola Salt, do you want to tell the story of how we met and decided to write Lara?
We met rather serendipitously through a mutual friend called Ric, who we both knew from London. We had a couple of glasses of wine and started talking about the mad success of 50 Shades, and both being authors we thought, hey, we should totally write the … Read More »