What’s a review worth?

  If self-publishing means everyone can be a writer, then the internet means anyone can be a critic.  There’s something intoxicating about being asked for your opinion on everything you buy, from batteries to Christmas turkey.  Do you succumb?  What… continue reading »

Holiday reading summer 2013

It’s going to be a kindle only holiday for me this year.  My husband’s plan has worked very well and I have been stocking up electronically for the last few months.  There was one small flaw – actually make that… continue reading »

JK Rowing’s secret life

UPDATED TO ADD REVIEW It’s just come to light that a well-reviewed crime writer, Robert Galbraith, is actually JK Rowling, writing without the full glare of expectation and scrutiny – and doing rather well.  (Doing rather well for a first time crime… continue reading »

The questions I always get asked

When I tell people what my job is, I get a variety of            responses.  This blog post is an attempt to answer those responses…       No, I did not turn down J.K. Rowling.… continue reading »

What’s the point in short stories?

Sometimes an author contacts me and my heart sinks.  I promise this is rare.  The heart-sink moment is prompted by the author telling me that they write in poetry or they write short stories, and that they have great plans… continue reading »

My day at the LBF 2013

 In another life I used to be a Rights Manager.  Book Fairs consisted of 3-5 days (depending on where they were) of back-to-back meetings every 15 mins, explaining the concepts of colour therapy and alien abduction to bemused Ukrainian publishers. Now I… continue reading »

Sex South of the river

I was delighted to be asked to speak at the excellent Eroticon 2013, run by the very talented Ruby Kiddell of WriteSexRight. But it was south of the river.  I’m a committed north-londoner (in exile admittedly).  I got off the… continue reading »

Ways not to attend a talk about a crazed stalker

Do not turn up late so that you have to walk past everyone huffing and puffing from three flights of stairs (got lost in the middle of London Fashion Week which was setting up next door). Do not wear sandals… continue reading »

Why I don’t feel bad about getting rid of books

I’m having a purge.  This is part of my great decluttering project, which began just over two years ago (with professional help) when we moved back into a renovated house.  It is a lovely house now, but for some reason… continue reading »

Quirky Christmas Books (or everything you won’t find in an Amazon sale)

I’m not going to lie.  The reason Amazon has a smile on the box currently has a lot to do with my last week’s shopping habits (mostly not books though).   I’m thinking of making my next invoice out just… continue reading »

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