Writers work hard and long hours to bring readers stories they will love, but sadly it seems to be the norm world wide now, that Pirates are stealing our books and selling them on sites we know nothing about.

They score and we lose valuable sales and reviews too, which are so vitally important for any Author.

I just wish there was some sort of security lock on our ISBN numbers that could prevent this happening. Surely there must be some IT expert out there who can come up with something like that??



The funniest FB post I’ve read in ages … 

… most people will be aware that we Authors make HUGE money via Royalty payments… fr’example, I regularly receive monthly amounts in five figures, so long as yeez count the decimal point and the two places of ‘cents’ as three of these figures… my accrued author’s earnings will keep me for the rest of my life, so long as I die about three o’clock tomorrow morning…

(copied and pasted from Seumas Gallacher’s FB page with his consent)

… so true for the majority of Indie Authors.

Write a short story about food and drink for a chance to win £10,000 prize


cup-2910700_640Food and drink must be at the heart of the story you enter for The Mogford Prize. It could be a life-changing conversation over lunch; a romance in a cafe; a thriller in a greengrocers, a chill-your-spine and curdle-your-blood horror story about school dinners, but whatever it is eating and drinking has to be a central part of your theme .

American author Bill Bryson and  television cook  Lorraine Pascale are the judges this year.

Here’s the nitty gritty but do double-check all the terms and conditions before you send anything off.

Lenght: Maximum 2500 words – no minimum
Entry fee: £10 per story
Who can enter: “The prize is open to any nationality…over the age of 18 years”
Prize: The winning entry will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize.
* The winning entry will be read by an actor and uploaded to the StoryPlayer website
* Three runner-ups will received…

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Take Notes While Writing a Series

WRITERS do you take notes between books?

Shannon A Thompson

While on Twitter the other day, writer A.J. Forrisi asked an amazing question!

P.S. Give A.J. a follow!

My quick answer? Take notes on your first book, so that writing the sequel isn’t as difficult. (And definitely do a read-through. ) I keep a character bible and chapter summaries for each book in a series. Notes help! But what type of notes should you take? How detailed should they be? Everyone’s method is going to be a little different, but I thought I’d share a couple places to start.

 1. Keep a Character Bible

This should cover all descriptors and main personality traits/issues. Personally, I keep a list of every single person mentioned in the book, even the tiniest characters. Why? Because that side character’s…

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In a funk? Tips for writing when you just don’t feel like it

Writers are you in a funk, I am and reading this helps knowing you’re not alone…

Tauri Cox

In a perfect world, every writer gets a good night’s sleep. They awaken refreshed to a healthy breakfast, a hot shower and a beautiful day ahead of them. In a perfect world, every writer is excited to sit down at their computer, and when they do, the words just flow from their fingers. They feel empowered, they feel confident, they feel fulfilled.

But let’s face it… Those days are few and far between.

capture2 The Culprit

Last night, I was awoken by my cat three times, and my alarm rang way too soon. I hit snooze more times than I care to count, making me skip breakfast. And then, I went to my actual, money-making job and sat, pondering all the ways in which I could make a bobby pin out of a paperclip, because- you guessed it – I had forgotten one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m in a funk. And right…

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