The Hidden Costs of Self-Publishing

In the past I have spoken a lot about the major costs involved in self-publishing: editing, advertising, the things you probably already know about or can at least guess about. Today I want to talk about the things that you might not have considered. The ones that seem small, but add up, and if you're... Continue Reading →

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(Un)bind Me

For years now I have wandered with you safe within my mind. To me you are as real as earth; a precious jewel I have confined. I know I must release you soon; no, I cannot keep you here. A prisoner within my thoughts that no one else may overhear. For in my mind you... Continue Reading →

Protos: Become a Beta Reader!

Sometimes you must light a lamp to understand the darkness. Only then, Corentine knows, can you see what you are missing - what the darkness stole from you. What it was hiding. For many years, she and her partner Kalyani have been that lamp; the light shone into the dark to reveal its depth. The... Continue Reading →

Loving Without Restraint

Today I want to talk to you about something that I love, very very much, and very rarely talk about completely candidly. Oh, I talk about it - I have talked a lot about fandom and how the foundation of my writing comes from fanfiction. I am not ashamed of this. It's hugely important to... Continue Reading →

Writing Like Clockwork

There is a perception of writers that we are all these carefree souls who write as and when the whimsy takes us. That we are tied by nothing, and work best when left to cycle round sleeping and writing and drinking coffee. I'm certain that there are, in fact, writers out there who are just... Continue Reading →

How (Not) to End a Novel?

I first started reading the Harry Potter series when I was around twelve-years-old. It was around the time that Prisoner of Azkaban came out - I remember reading the first three books in close to one sitting. In the years that followed, my adoration of the characters, their story and world, just grew and grew.... Continue Reading →

Obligation and the Anxious Mind

When I was writing Mundane Magic, and the several much more terrible novels I wrote before it, my experience was very different to right now. I didn't have to write anything. People would know I was writing, of course, but there would never be any expectation that I would both finish and show it to... Continue Reading →

When Reading is Hard Work

One of the things I have found most difficult about adulthood is the need to motivate myself to do things I will enjoy. When I was a child, I would do them without thinking. I wouldn't need to 'make time to read', I would just read whenever I had a moment. I wouldn't have to... Continue Reading →

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