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The Nitty-Gritty of Self-Publishing

Yesterday, Jennifer Scoullar and I met for a business lunch to discuss what she had learned about self-publishing. I had told her some time ago that mailing lists were passe – the thing about social media is that any fad reaches saturation point after a while and people have to look for another way to […] Read more…

The Changing Face of the English language

Sometimes I wish English would stop changing its mind about the meanings of words. I know that change is a sign it’s a living language and that its users shape it. But I miss the former meanings of some words. Examples:   * Disinterested. I use it the old way, meaning impartial. I never use […] Read more…

Breaking the Silence

When I was a child I learned the lesson of silence. I struggled to speak about the things that mattered to me but nothing came out. We were a silent family. Sitting around the dinner table, we said nothing at all. Our mother was in a sad mood, troubled by her thoughts. She roused herself […] Read more…

Secondary Characters

JENNY When I told my agent that I was writing a sweeping historical saga, the first thing she did after asking about my main characters, was to ask about my secondary characters and subplots. We all lead lives surrounded by family, friends, mentors, bosses, competitors and even enemies. Main characters are no different. I give […] Read more…

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