Not in the zone

I have to admit to becoming quite agitated about the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum. It is a huge decision and one that will have repercussions for years to come, whichever way it goes.

One week to go and the result is clearly too close to call. So while I have been trying to write, I have to confess that I can’t really concentrate: I am too concerned about how I should vote and how the rest of the country will vote. Continue reading

So what is a marketable book anyway?

What is the point of lavishing time, effort and emotion on writing a book when the chances are it is not going to be published in the first place?

I’ve been down that road before. I’ve even had an agent ask to see more of my story, only to be told that while I could certainly write, the book just wasn’t marketable. But how can I tell whether my new story is going to be marketable, before I put in the hours required to write it? Continue reading

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

There’s a big difference between writing a book and having a book published.

In some ways writing the book is the easy part. It’s your baby. You are in control as it spills from your imagination onto the page, where you can craft and polish it to perfection.

Getting the book published, on the other hand, is dependent on finding someone who loves your story as much as you do – and subjective opinion is something that you have absolutely no control over at all. Continue reading