Archive for the ‘Ponderings’ Category

PONDERING: Authors – I Am Not Your Beta Reader

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 13:00 3 Comments

Tweet The writing world is in a state of flux right now, with vociferous advocates in all corners. At the moment all the talk is about Hachette v Amazon. Tomorrow it might be another publisher. Things are changing, that’s for sure. As a writer, I’m lucky because I’m still finding readers. I took the decisions […]

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PONDERING: RT Booklovers’ Convention, Part Three – the Booksigning

Sunday, May 25, 2014 13:00 No Comments

Tweet There’s been some controversy about the booksigning, so it deserves a post to itself. This turned out to be the biggest booksigning ever, anywhere, Guinness Book of Records-worthy. So there were problems. But there were also successes.

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PONDERING: Response from Harlequin

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:00 4 Comments

Tweet Melanie Dulos of Harlequin kindly gave us permission to quote this letter, sent in response to my Pondering of last week.

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PONDERING: What a Difference a Year Can Make

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 13 Comments

Tweet A little more than a year ago, I shared with y’all the story of my Winter, my eighteen-year-old kitty who had, after fifteen and a half years with me, gotten sick, and eventually I had to make that awful decision pet owners hope will never happen. Thought I’d update you a little on the […]

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PONDERING: A Lie is a Lie is a Lie

Monday, May 6, 2013 13:00 14 Comments

Tweet I had something happen recently that’s irritated the heck out of me, so I thought I’d share it, and also hope it helps rid me of the ire and disappointment that’s been brought about. Before I get into the real meat of this Pondering, I want to give you just a little of my […]

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PONDERING: The London Book Fair

Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00 1 Comment

Tweet First things first. I stayed at a Travelodge. Hey, they’re clean, and you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you check at Tripadvisor, you can pick the good ones. I picked a good one. The Waterloo Travelodge has been recently renovated and it has a Sainsburys up the road and a […]

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PONDERING: When is a Trope not a Trope?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 10 Comments

Tweet It’s been a puzzle for a while – when does a trope turn into one person’s intellectual property? A judgment in Texas has recently come closer to the answer.

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PONDERING: What’s happening in publishing?

Monday, January 14, 2013 13:00 No Comments

Tweet Recently I’ve self-published a few backlist titles, and my, do they do well! These books are already professionally edited, so all I had to do was reformat and find a new book cover. So, reluctantly, I’ve had to climb down from my writer’s cave and get back into promotion and marketing.

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PONDERING: Nexus of Fire? And why can’t we have the Paperthingie over here?

Saturday, September 8, 2012 13:00 5 Comments

Tweet As you know, I’m a big fan of ebooks and e-readers. The situation has changed so much recently that I took down my guide to readers, because it was hopelessly outdated. So now the market has moved again. I always said the market for e-readers would really start moving when decent devices became available […]

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PONDERING: Do you like me? Really, really like me?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 13:00 No Comments

Tweet Readers and blogs are finally getting wise to the trading of “likes” that goes on in the writers’ community, and the selling of reviews. Some of my best friends are doing it. I don’t.

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PONDERING: Gaming Kills

Monday, July 23, 2012 13:00 4 Comments

Tweet I’ve been around the Internet since it was a baby. The first network I belonged to was when I was a student at Manchester Business School. Our computers were linked up to the North West Computer unit. Companies sent their payrolling there to be processed, universities used it for advanced calculations, and it was […]

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PONDERING: Can Rock Stars Be Romance Heroes?

Friday, July 20, 2012 13:00 3 Comments

Tweet I love writing about rock stars. Music means a lot to me and I’ve seen many of them, been close to people in the music business from time to time. So they’re naturals for me to write about. Years ago I wrote a story about a rock star and the woman he got pregnant. […]

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PONDERING: Meet the Murder City Ravens by Lynne Connolly

Friday, July 20, 2012 1:00 4 Comments

Tweet I’m in the process of writing a series about the members of a rock band, and it’s called Nightstar. I love writing about the rock star – it seems a natural for erotic romance. I’ve done it before with Pure Wildfire, but that was a paranormal romance with shape-shifter heroes and heroines. This time […]

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