Self-Editing: Beginnings

Those of you who regularly follow my blog will know that I recently published a novella on Self-Editing. It’s basically all the things I’ve learnt about editing my own work over the last ten years. It also covers the mistakes I see beginner writers make whenever I judge competitions or critique their work. Today I thought I’d give you a …

Three tips to being a writer

I’m sometimes asked what my top tips are for being a writer. What do I recommend beginner writers do? I think my success at being a writer boils down to three things: Find a routine Set goalsGive yourself permission to write crap 1. Finding a routineFinding a writing routine was probably the hardest thing I had to do when I …

Dealing with rejection

Earlier this year I submitted one of my fantasy manuscripts to a couple of publishers who had open submission periods. I received a fairly standard rejection letter from one of them, and just the other day I received another rejection, but this time with feedback. I consider that a good rejection – yes there is such a thing. If a …

New non-fiction project: self-editing

Some time at the beginning of the year I agreed to do a workshop for the upcoming Rockingham Writers Centre convention on editing. I had to provide an overview of what I would talk about and so I began to plan. I basically wrote down everything I had learnt about editing over the past ten years and especially focused on …

Using Pinterest for inspiration

I’m currently writing the fourth book in The Flanagan Sisters and there happens to be three weddings in it. So I’ve been using Pinterest to gather ideas for wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and more. It’s been a lot of fun., though Pinterest is a way of losing hours of your time!  I’m curious if you can guess which wedding dress if …

There’s always one mistake

No matter how many times and how many people read a manuscript, there’s always something that slips through the cracks. Change of Heart has been out for four days and today I got a text message from my mother that said, "Lisa’s original name Eva? x" At first I thought, what is she talking about and then the penny dropped. I …

To Market, To Market – or Not

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Book PR Guide training I did. I was all enthusiastic to put what I learnt into practice and this week was the week I planned to do just that. I think my enthusiasm has run out. I’ve been gathering names and contact details​ for potential media outlets that might be willing to …

Diversity in Secondary Characters

When I first became aware of the lack of diversity in fiction, I was writing Under the Covers. I couldn’t change the ethnicity of my hero or heroine, because they’d both appeared in All that Sparkles and so I decided to make my hero in Into the Fire diverse in some way.  But while I was writing Under the Covers, I …

Book Public Relations Guide

I went to a training course over the weekend which was the DIY Book PR Guide, run by Emma Noble. It was based around her novel of the same name. I bought her book when I first heard about it a few months ago because it was all about how to get your books promoted in mainstream media; in newspapers, …

Finalising Change of Heart

This week I received the proofs of Change of Heart back from my proofreader. This is the final step that needs to happen before formatting and creating the ebook files for Kindle and the rest of the shops. I reviewed all the changes, noted where I need to have more commas (quite a lot of places!) and added a few …