September 29th, 2014
As far as I’m aware, British children’s comics are unique in the world. Without the glitz of their American counterparts, the depth of French Bandes Dessinés or the complexity of Japanese Manga, they’re a bit like Bread and Butter Pudding or ‘Kiss Me Quick’ hats – you just don’t find them anywhere else. From their pages have come characters like Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril, and the Bash Street Kids. And where some of these have been going since the 1930s (with a few achieving world-wide fame) generally the artists and writers who made them have remained anonymous – unnamed and unknown. Read the rest of this entry »
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September 26th, 2014
Is it enough to write? Or do you want to have readers, too?
As an extreme introvert, the thought of putting my writing out there for other people to read was intensely frightening. Fear of criticism and failure was part of this, but I also feared what success might bring. Publishing writers take on a variety of roles: opinion giver; social media expert; public speaker; advertiser and sometimes publisher. They seem an extrovert bunch, happily promoting their latest works and embracing social media. Read the rest of this entry »
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September 24th, 2014
How long does it take to write a story? Well … how long have you got? I am SO bad at getting things finished. I’ve even got the first draft of a story about computers taking over domestic life that I wrote long-hand nearly twenty years ago, sat on a shelf in a dusty old notebook. I never proofed it, never worked it up to a second draft, never even got round to typing it into my laptop. It’s still relevant, and still works. So why haven’t I done anything with it? I don’t know. I’ve been busy. Read the rest of this entry »
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September 22nd, 2014
They used to call it ‘Vanity-Publishing,’ but that was back in the days of rotary telephones and four channel TV. These days it’s ‘Self-Publishing,’ and it’s quite the thing. There’s loads of ‘Book-Making’ websites out there, Amazon even has one of its own. But are they any good? What do they actually provide? Do you have to pay them up front? And do they take a cut of your profits? (should you ever make any). Read the rest of this entry »
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September 19th, 2014
First, thanks to Emily for last week’s blog. It was great to hear that she feels her own writing has improved while she has been working with us. We wish her all the best for both her new career and her novel – and hope that one day we’ll see her name on the Amazon best seller list. Read the rest of this entry »
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