Virtual Writing Workshop

Looking for inspiration? I’m happy to announce that once again I’m partnering with West Grey Public Library to offer a writing workshop. This time it’s virtual in order to address not only the real concerns regarding this new pandemic world in which we live, but also to allow participants to gather informally from the comfort of their homes. The workshops run as follows: Wednesdays from January 19 through March 9, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, via…

The Grim Reality

So, it’s year end. Financial statements have been run. And once again I look at the numbers and ask myself why I’m doing this. It’s not pretty, friend. Not pretty at all. How the numbers stack up in 2020 I have seven books in publication. Below is exactly how many copies I sold in 2020, whether print, ebook, audiobook or elibrary loan. And the Angels Sang: 2 Caliban: 1 From Mountains of Ice: 0 Memories,…

Writers’ Craft 13: Marketing and Promotion

A tricky subject There’s a reason I’ve left the subject of marketing and promotion to one of the last articles on the subject of writers’ craft: it’s a tricky and often highly individual decision, dependent on personal preference, budget, and influence. I don’t think there’s any one perfect strategy. Sure, there are alleged experts who are going to sell you their version of the holy grail of marketing. But I’ve been at this for 40…

Writers’ Craft 12: Agent, publisher or indie?

How to bring your work to market In the past 20 years the reasonable choices available to a writer have expanded considerably, and the delicacy around some of those choices has diminished. Was a time if you wished to publish your work, you were left with some very stark avenues. You could choose to publish through an established publishing house, and used to be you didn’t require an agent to be read by any of…

Writers’ Craft 11: Beta Readers or Not

Informed opinion There seems to be an accepted protocol that once you’ve finished your novel, you then put together a group of willing, knowledgeable readers — beta readers — to do what is essentially a market test. The reasoning behind this method seems sound: you want to be sure, after all your revisions and polishing, that you’ve crafted this story well, that readers will get what you’ve tried to convey. Retaining beta readers is a form…