Swanwick!

Wonderful Swanwick – nearly 300 writers in beautiful surroundings, great food, and more writing input than almost any human can bear! It was my third time there, and it has lost none of its magic. From crime to short stories, teaching methods to character psychology, and a fun-filled agenda of evening entertainment. What’s not to

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Final, final update

And with this, I really do promise to move on. Ros Barber was written a blog post. You can (and should) read it here: http://rosbarber.com/you-one-me/ In it, she tells the story of how she came to write *that* article, and of some of the ‘feedback’ she’s received from it. I have written a reply, but I

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It’s not often I get annoyed …

For me, writing is a delight, and allows me to create characters and worlds out of thin air. And then I read the following article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/mar/21/for-me-traditional-publishing-means-poverty-but-self-publish-no-way And it made me angry. Because, yet again, here is a traditionally-published author pouring scorn and derision on the world of self-publishing, and making the same old clichéd statements

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Moan, moan, complain, complain …

Once again, I’m inclined to write about the ability (or otherwise) of writers to achieve commercial success and / or recognition for their writing. This follows complaints from some would-be authors: a) An indie author complains that their books aren’t selling enough to enable them to give up work and write full time. b) An

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Welcome, 2016

So, here we are again. Another New Year – countries to the East of us here in the UK have dropped into 2016 already. So in this increasingly globalised society, we are all in the New Year. Sort of. None of us knows what lies in store for us, as individuals, as a country, as

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