Just over a week ago I asked y'all to give me your opinions on some draft book covers for The Jack Hansard Series - and your response was fantastic! Thank you for all of your messages on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Wattpad - we've been weighing up your comments and have come to our…Read more Cover Art: The Pain of Decision
This is an update for all you fantastic people following the progress of The Jack Hansard Series. Firstly: thank you for your amazing support! It means a lot that you've stuck with me (and Jack) throughout this weird journey. I've just recently finished editing Season 1, and so have turned my sights to self-publishing. Joining…Read more Cover Art: Ask the Audience
It's been a while since we've had a good look at some folklore, isn't it? Under the spotlight today is a Japanese cultural and religious object - the omamori - which is a surprisingly common item of stock sold by our favourite occult tradesman: Peggy straightened her notes. “Honestly, Jack, you're never prepared. You never…Read more Folklore Snippets: Omamori, Pocket-Sized Luck
When writers consider publishing options there are two main routes that spring to mind: you either go traditional, or you go it alone. But the world of publishing isn't as firmly divided as you might think. Among the host of options available to authors, crowdfunding is now one of them – and prospective publishers are…Read more Crowdfunding the Written Word: Author Interview with Erinna Mettler
In The Easy Cut: Editing Tips Part 2 we looked at quick and easy ways of improving your writing by making small aesthetic cuts. The reason these cuts were quick and easy was because they were largely superficial - they tightened up your work without making you lose anything you'd really miss. The Easy Cut was…Read more The Hard Cut: Editing Tips Part 3
Dydh ha, my lovelies! Just popping my head above the surface to let you all know that I'm still here, and that An Inspired Mess is far from sitting quiet. I'm now halfway through editing The Jack Hansard Series: just ten more episodes to go! Every week I upload the polished edit of another episode…Read more Let’s Connect! But how?
Editing is a skill that you need as a writer, regardless of whether you intend to self-publish or not. The first draft will never be your best (it certainly isn't for most great writers) because it's the editing that makes it great. In this three-part series we're looking at three keys elements of fiction editing,…Read more The Easy Cut: Editing Tips Part 2