Tag Archives: writing

Do your characters lead you down blind alleys?

Unruly Characters Authors, do your characters sometimes refuse to fall in line and tread the path you have so carefully plotted for them? Mine do. Sigh. I’m not a detailed plotter, nor these days a total pantser  – and I’m making the assumption here that you understand these terms, and don’t think I’m making risqué underwear references. When […]

What do you do when you can’t get on the net?

Answer: Write, of course! I’ve had days of internet issues now, starting with a frustrating ‘conversation’ with a woman at a call centre who spoke with such a strong accent, I could understand perhaps one word per sentence. This was just before midnight, so I probably wasn’t at my best, but the witching hour is when […]

Why a Dedicated Pantser has taken to Plotting (of sorts!)

Pantser by nature For those of you unsure what this strange beast might be, a pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. In other words, someone like me. When I wrote my first novel h-hm years ago, I started with an interesting scene and let the story develop. I had absolutely NO […]

Indie publishing adventure – the first few weeks

Publication date for THE PRINCE’S MAN was officially July 29th, but in case of any problems, I actually put the book out on Amazon two weeks before that. I had intended to take it down again, as soon as I knew everything was working ok, but on that first test day, it sold 4 copies. And the […]

5 steps to holding a facebook launch party

Have you thought about holding a launch party for your new book? I freely admit I squirmed at the idea, deciding I would just publish quietly and get on with finding reviewers, along with a bit of on-going marketing. Then I noticed I’d received an invite to a launch party from a fellow Goodreads author. […]

Pick a genre, any genre….

So you have a great idea for a story. Now choose your genre. Are you a one-genre reader, or writer? Ever thought about widening your tastes? The sage advice is to read extensively in your chosen genre – advice that should not be ignored, but that doesn’t prevent you from reading in more than one genre, or trying out something new. What if […]

Author interview – of me!

I’ve done my first author interview – hopefully the first of many 😉 Take a look on http://awesomegang.com/deborah-jay/ It all rolled along nicely, although I had to think hard when asked for my favourite book of all time. I went with Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, but ask me on another day and […]

Traditional or Indie publishing – which is right for you?

It’s decision time – which route will you take? Pursue a traditional publishing deal or go Indie? I’m sorta hedging my bets just now, and trying for the hybrid route (bit of both), but on many grounds I’m leaning more and more towards the Indie route for a whole heap of reasons. Thought I’d share […]

Carnival of the Indies

I’m thrilled that my blog post ‘Who Is Your Ideal Reader’ has been included in Joel Friedlander’s CARNIVAL OF THE INDIES monthly round up of ‘outstanding articles’. This is Issue #32, and is crammed with excellent posts about the Indie writing scene from the last month. If you haven’t yet done so, check it out at http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/05/self-publishing-carnival-of-the-indies-issue-32/

5 things a busy writer can’t do without

I’m guest posting on Jane Ayres blog, THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM, rating the 5 things I can’t do without to enable me to keep writing around my hectic day job. Check it out at: http://janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/deborah-jay-guest-post-what-are-5.html