Author Archives: Deborah Jay

Spotlight & #giveaway – TRIBAL AFFAIRS by Matt Dallmann #YAfantasy

This book sounds fun, so I thought I’d share with you guys – oh, and there’s a giveaway to win a paperback copy, open Internationally! Plus one $20 Amazon gift card up for grabs as well. Book Details: Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Matt Dallmann […]

#20BooksLondon – World building with a difference #publishing

When I was trying to figure out what to share first about the lessons I learned at the 20Books conference, I decided the best thing would be to talk about the one thing I didn’t take notes on before I forget! I didn’t take notes because this is never going to be me (I think), […]

#20bookslondon – the UK’s 20booksto50K #writers conference

It’s been a couple of years since I last went to a writer’s conference, and all those I attended focussed for the most part on improving craft and how to land a traditional contract. 20books is by and for indie authors – if you ever get the chance to go to one, grab it with […]

Guest author: Deborah Jay – #Writers, be true to yourself

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Image: Pixabay Rather a grand headline, I know, but you’ll understand where I’m coming from as you read further. Amongst other things, I am a writer. Those ‘other things’ include caring for an elderly parent (two, until recently), and running a full-time business that involves a lot…

Everything You Need To Know About Blogging

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
WebsiteBuilder recently published an amazingly detailed infographic called The State of Blogging Industry & The Ultimate Beginners Guide on How to Create a Blog. They kindly allowed me to share with you, so here it is!

How I sold 1,000 books over the holidays #marketing #bestseller

Here is my promised share of how I sold 1000 books and became a bestseller (in Canada and Australia, at any rate) over the 10 days of the Christmas/New Year holiday. Settle in, folks, this is going to be a long post. First up, what I did was nothing ground breaking, just plain old advertising […]

DO you know what writers are entitled to claim as expenses? It’s THAT time of year again – #accounts, #TaxReturns

Having conquered my internet problems (unbelievable amount of time wasted, convincing my service provider their supplied router was dead, but they finally sent a new one), I am now up to my armpits in accounts, it being TAX RETURN month. I thought I’d take a quick brain break and check in with you all, to […]

How writing drabbles develops mad skills #amwriting

Originally posted on Life in the Realm of Fantasy:
Some of the best work I’ve ever read was in the form of extremely short stories. Authors grow in the craft and gain different perspectives when they write short stories and essays. With each short piece that you write, you increase your ability to tell a story…

How to write horses wrong – reblog #writing

Back in November, I copied a post from Nicholas C. Rossis’ blog, in turn reblogged from Dan Koboldt, about casting horses in fiction. I subsequently followed Dan’s blog and a while ago he added a further post on the subject, which I’d like to share with you now, as it made me nod my head […]

A New Year’s Wish courtesy of Neil Gaiman