• March 2014
    I think it depends upon the writer in question. If they are the sort who can ''take'' hard and constructive criticism, acknowledging the good but coming down on the bad, then I think it is valid. Actually, I think it is valid full stop. If you want...
  • January 2014
    Absolutely agree with this Brooke. I have gone from Big UK Pubs - where sure, I was published, but very little effort was put in by them, to self publ. Now with a small Indie. The Big guys have just got too greedy, and as you say, are missing out on...
  • October 2013
    You are right...it does hurt but if it is from someone who's opinion we trust (a fellow writer, an editor) then it has to be worth taking a deep breath and thinking about it. Obviously, one can hope that the ''critic'' knows how to temper their...
  • August 2013
    Agreed! I got a professional designer to dothe cover for my ebook (he's a friend so we bartered tuition for his son). I was prepared to pay for a professional edit and copy edit of my second book...only it got picked up by a small Indie...
  • August 2013
    I recently read a book where every single character was described, their clothes were described every time we encountered them. I got very tired very quickly! Show don't tell is the maxim. Maybe a second character could comment..'X was struck by Y's...
  • August 2012
    Absolutely good advice! Especially building relationships  - I like FB and Twitter (@carolJhedges) and I CHAT 90% and self promote 10%. It does take time, but I'm amazed how quickly you can get to know people - and when they know you, they'll...
  • August 2012
    I think we all struggle with this dichotomy. We write because the process excites us, because we love living in the plot and through the characters. But... we suffer from that ' is it good enough' thing. I have just read a FB post from a very well...
  • August 2012
    Ah, good old Myers- Briggs! I enjoyed reading this! I have just produced my first ebook- Jigsaw Pieces on Amazon as an Indie, after being cast adrift by my publisher when the recession hit, and 'mid-listers' were not wanted any more. Yes - we have...
  • August 2012
    I've just started Tweeting @carolJhedges, (2 weeks in) and I am not a fan of pre-schedued tweeting, as I like the ebb and flow of a chat. I appreciate, however, that for some, busy mums etc it may be a resource, but I think it defeats the immediacy...
  • July 2012
    I struggle to differentiate between 'pitch' and 'blurb'. The one tends to segue seamlessly into the other. So am digesting this carefully.Thanks.  

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