When is writing art? By Scott Bury

I invited Scott Bury along to give some insights into writing styles. On his blog, Written Words, Scott has written several great posts that provide writing tips, and so I asked him if he would kindly give us all the benefit of his experience. This post will utlimately become part of my series “Killer Plan or Lady Luck?“ but for today, we’ve swapped posts, and I’ve written a post for his blog on the subject of “The Best and Worst of MarketingOnly the Innocent”. I recommend checking out his blog and scouring the archives for his words of wisdom! When is writing an art? Writing is a craft, sometimes an art, but it’s certainly not a spectator sport. Writing about the process of writing is sure to bore readers to death—or at least to clicking to another page. So I won’t tell you how, when I get stuck with an

New series : Hitting the Amazon #1 Spot – A Killer Plan, or Lady Luck?

Part I : WHY AM I BLOGGING ABOUT THIS? Since reaching the coveted number 1 spot in the Amazon charts, I have been asked on an almost hourly basis for tips by other indie authors. I have tried to respond to these, but it occurred to me that the best thing that I could do would be to create a whole series of blog posts on the subject, and try to get feedback from other authors too. Can I start by saying that I am not an expert in any of the fields that will be discussed. I am an amateur in every sense of the word. So I will be talking about the process that I went through – without any guarantees and in the sure knowledge that there are people out there who know more than I do about each and every step in this journey. I will

An interview with Alan McDermott – Author of Gray Justice

I was delighted to be able to interview Alan McDermott, author of the fast-paced thriller Gray Justice. I read Alan’s book some time ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been receiving amazing reviews, and his responses to my interview questions give a real insight into his thinking. Gray Justice is Alan’s debut novel, and tells the story of Tom Gray, an ex-soldier running a successful business until his world falls apart. His young son is killed by a joy rider and his wife, overcome with grief, takes her own life months later. When his son’s killer walks free from court, Gray decides that the current justice system needs an overhaul, and kidnaps five serial offenders. Parading them on the internet, he lets the people of Britain decide if they should live or die, and the government are powerless to stop him. Gray believes he has the perfect plan, right

Marketing your ebook : what about a press release?

Yesterday I published my first ever press release. I thought I had something to shout about – but I had no idea how to go about it, and I wasn’t prepared. This seems to have been the story of my life with e-publishing! This week, I am going to write a blog post on everything that I learned in 24 hours about how to write and distribute a press release without it costing a fortune (it cost me £15). And I will include what I should have already prepared – so that you can all get ready for good news, whether that be the launch of your first book, reaching the top in your category, or any other newsworthy item. You may not get picked up by the Times – but even a mention in a local paper is worth it whilst you build your brand. So for now –

Indie Author Reaches Number 1 in Amazon with debut novel

Press Release Rachel Abbott, independent author and publisher of the thriller “Only the Innocent”, today reached the coveted number one position in the Amazon Kindle charts with her debut novel with a zero marketing budget.   “Only the Innocent” was launched for the Kindle and other e-readers on 18th November 2011. Author Rachel Abbott had completed her debut novel some twelve months previously and it had been sitting on a virtual shelf until Abbott decided to “have a go” at publishing for the Kindle. She had no agent, no sales platform, and no marketing budget – just the bare outlines of a website and any empty Twitter stream. Just three months and one day later, it is at number one in the Kindle charts on Amazon UK.

Review : Blood Money by Laura Rizio

A FAST PACED SUSPENSE Overview Nick Cerrato is a young lawyer, destined for the top in his field. He is ambitious, and is trying to emulate his mentor Joe Maglio who is renowned for his skills in the courtroom. But then Joe is found dead, and the police believe it to be suicide. This is only the beginning of a sequence of events that exposes murder, treachery and corruption which Nick has to deal with. His choices are difficult; his long desired career against his belief in justice.

An Interview with Jennifer B White

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Jennifer B White, author of Otherwise and Dead Asleep as part of her Blog Tour. A review of Otherwise can be found here. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself I was born and bred in New England. I live in Massachusetts, when I’m not in Los Angeles working on movies. As well as penning novels, I’m a tagline writer and screenwriter. I’m the mother of three boys, ages 16, 13 and 7.  All of them were born in late October—the youngest on Halloween—which is somewhat fitting for a writer of supernatural novels.  I hold a B.A. in communications, and a Masters degree in psychology. Otherwise is a book about the spirit world. What inspired you to write in this genre? Growing up in my family, there was a certain amount of supernatural phenomena that was to be

Review: Otherwise by Jennifer B White

AN ENGAGING AND INTRIGUING TALE OF THE PARANORMAL Overview When 26 year old Delilah returns to the town she was brought up in, she discovers that some things never change. Her old grandmother is now dead, but the ramshackle cottage that she lived in is still full of all the junk that had accumulated over the years, and Delilah despairs of the task ahead of her in clearing the place out to make it habitable. But strange things begin to happen to her, and gradually she becomes aware that this town has two sorts of inhabitants – the living, and the “otherwise”.  Within the town is one woman – living – who is able to speak to the spirits that are “otherwise”, and gradually during the telling of the story, lies and secrets from the past are revealed culminating in a dramatic and surprising climax.

Review: A Real Piece of Work by Chris Orcutt

A compelling mystery, well written and very entertaining Overview You can tell from the naming of his main characters – Dakota Stevens and Svetlana Krüsh – that author Chris Orcutt has a sense of humour, and this is apparent throughout his writing. This book is no comedy – far from it – but Orcutt displays a lightness of touch in dealing with his characters that makes it a joy to read. The story focuses around ex FBI agent now turned PI Dakota, and his ‘beautiful assistant’ chess world champion Svetlana. They are offered a job to find a missing painting – and paid a substantial amount in advance. When their client goes missing, they have the option of taking the money and doing nothing. But that is not Dakota’s style – and as he begins to investigate what seems like a simple art theft, the plot genuinely does thicken. Dakota

Using Twitter: are you a writer, a brand, or a salesman?

Something else to think about … I recently wrote a few blog posts to help some of the people that I had met on forums to get to grips with Twitter. I said from the start that I am no expert, but over the last ten weeks or so since I launched Only the Innocent I have learned a lot more about Twitter which I’ve tried to share with other indie publishers.  I got some great feedback to the earlier posts, and some very interesting comments –  which have cast a slightly different light on things. I have concluded (and am happy to be disagreed with) that as authors, we have to wear three hats. The writer The ‘brand’ The salesman In terms of Twitter, these are almost mutually exclusive.