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In A Class Of Her Own

October 28th, 2016

different-class-blogOn Friday I went to listen to Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat, amongst other well-known novels) talking about, and reading from, her latest book Different Class.

But it was the question and answer session at the end that I found most interesting. Someone asked her how long it took her to write her books. The answer was anything from three months to five years! The reason she gave for this was that sometimes she ran out of inspiration; she had to have a break while she did some research; or she had to wait for the pieces of a plot to fall into place in her subconscious. What she stressed, though, was that she didn’t feel that any of this time was wasted as she always had more than one project on the go and when a particular piece of work wasn’t going well she turned to something else. A sensible approach for any writer. Read the rest of this entry »




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Real Books Are Back in Fashion

October 16th, 2015

Bookstore-Indie-blogFirst, thanks to Jan for last week’s blog. She provided it a little earlier than expected – so apologies for not mentioning that she would be my guest in my previous post. I hope it encouraged you all to enter our Short Story Competition. If it gave you the nudge that you need, don’t forget that the closing date is 30th November!

I was interested to read that Waterstones are to stop stocking Kindle e-readers. There was much made in the article about the resurgence of proper, paper books. Apparently, sales rose 3% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period the previous year. This is the first time it’s happened since 2012. However, in the same period the sale of e-books rose by 2%. So what do you make of that? Read the rest of this entry »




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Useful Websites

November 25th, 2013

Hello All,

Romance novels – I bet you’re thinking Mills and Boon and you’d be right, seeing as they are one of the biggest publishers of romance novels on the planet! But they are only one of many publishers dedicated to publishing romance novels, and they publish them because they are hugely popular. So, it may be something you might want to try. If you do, here are some helpful websites to check out. Read the rest of this entry »




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New Editor for Student Magazine

September 2nd, 2011

First, thanks to Sue for her good advice last week on finding topics to write about and then the best ways to go about researching them. Read the rest of this entry »




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