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Review – Wrestle Carnival: Carnival of Champions

Hi folks - it’s been a while! First off: no, I haven’t died! Job hunting has got in the way of writing recently, but I’ve still managed to make time to write about something I’m really passionate about - pro wrestling! The lovely people at Grapple Theory needed someone to write a review of Wrestle… Continue reading Review – Wrestle Carnival: Carnival of Champions

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Book Review: Whispers of the Runes by Christina Courtenay (Blog Tour)

First published: 24th June 2021 Publisher: Headline Genres: Historical Romance, Timeslip ★★★★ I didn’t realise it when I signed up for this book tour, but I actually have a personal connection to this timeslip romance set in the Viking era. In the 70s and 80s, Repton, a village in the south of my home county Derbyshire,… Continue reading Book Review: Whispers of the Runes by Christina Courtenay (Blog Tour)

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Jeanette Winterson, Book Burning, and Writer-Marketer Dialogues

I mostly stay away from online drama. At best, I find it draining, and at worst, it induces some major anxiety. This is especially true when it comes to things and spaces I’m passionate about. However, this week the community of writers and readers on Twitter have been making their views clear about a subject,… Continue reading Jeanette Winterson, Book Burning, and Writer-Marketer Dialogues

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If I Could Write Anywhere For A Month…

I’ve already talked on this blog about dream writing spaces, and how important the right space can be to effective writing. But with travel restrictions gradually lifting, the idea of a month long writing retreat is incredibly appealing too. In today’s post, I’m running down the top 5 places I’d love to spend a month… Continue reading If I Could Write Anywhere For A Month…

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E-Books vs Physical Books: Which is Better and Why?

I’ve spoken before on this blog about how books have changed over the last few years. One big change that I’ve so far neglected to mention is ebooks. They’ve become ubiquitous over the last decade, and whether they’re better than print books is a constant source of debate. I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks… Continue reading E-Books vs Physical Books: Which is Better and Why?

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Coming back to writing after a long break

People often say there’s no correct way to be a writer. In my mind, that’s very true - we all lead different lives, and with how busy they can be, it’s only natural that writing sometimes takes a back seat. This is what’s happened to me in the past few months; between finishing university, hunting… Continue reading Coming back to writing after a long break

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5 Mistakes Authors Make In Query Letters

As I mentioned in my last post, authors looking to work with major publishers have a series of hoops that they’ll need to jump through in order to reach their goal. One of these is the query letter. What is a query letter? A query letter is the first part of any author’s submission package… Continue reading 5 Mistakes Authors Make In Query Letters

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5 Common Mistakes Writers Make With Synopses

Though self-publishing is becoming more and more popular, many authors still look to get their books read via a traditional, bricks-and-mortar publisher. There are some things you’ll always have to include when sending a manuscript to one of these places; one of these is a synopsis. This summary of your book can be more difficult… Continue reading 5 Common Mistakes Writers Make With Synopses

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Book Review: Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady (Blog Tour)

First published: 18th February 2021 (ebook) Publisher: Alison & Busby Genres: Historical Saga ★★★ How do you accept an uncertain past while forging ahead towards the future? This is the question at the heart of Daughter of the Sea. Summary After the death of her beloved trawler owner father Jacob, Jessica Kingdom has a heated… Continue reading Book Review: Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady (Blog Tour)