Chick Lit Books – An Open Letter To Real Book Lovers

Lucy Kelson: George, I think you are the most selfish human being on the planet. George Wade: Well that's just silly. Have you met everybody on the planet? - 'Two Weeks Notice'. This weekend I had my very first book signing event at the Waterstones store in East Kilbride, Scotland. It was a great and pivotal day …

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Book Marketing Tactics You May NOT Have Considered

I'd like to apologise in advance because this is a MUCH longer blog post than I usually prefer. I don't know about you, but I like the kind of blog I can jump in and out of, coming away with my will to live intact and plenty of time to work for the rest of …

Authors: Don’t Be a Bloody Statistic

There are people that are writing in the hope of getting rich, and there are people that are writing for the love of the craft. I would firmly plant myself between these two extremes. I suspect that those writers who are most disappointed are in the first category. I love writing, have reached a point in …

The Rollercoaster – 29,000 Downloads Later

Remember this scene from the 1980’s comedy film, Parenthood? If you follow my progress you will know two significant things have happened to me lately: 1) I left my agent and found my novel, 'The New Mrs D' unpublished with a loss of my sales rankings and 2) I held a three day free promotion …

Dear God, I Think I’m Too Short For The Man Booker Longlist

The Man Booker Prize long list has today been announced, and, I know what you’re thinking but, no… I’m not on it. Maybe it’s because I am, in fact, short. Or maybe it's because I'm more Rita Walters than Hillary Mantel 😉 However, with The New Mrs D shockingly overlooked - despite its obvious brilliance - in the …

Porn Addiction IS No Laughing Matter

It’s just five days since The New Mrs D was released and I have already had some wonderful feedback from readers, most saying they completely associate with her. One Amazon reviewer sums it up nicely: ‘It is so refreshing to have a main character who isn't perfect, who is always struggling with weight, self-esteem issues and …