“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” If you’ve seen the classic movie The Princess Bride, you’ll be familiar with the quote at the top of this article. But you may not have considered it as the perfect introduction when meeting new people. It’s polite. It gives your name. It [...]

You are not Mystic Meg

One of my greatest, most proficient talents is mind-reading and fortune-telling. Yep: I’m the indie-biz-publishing answer to Mystic Meg*. I am absolutely spectacular at knowing exactly what someone is thinking about me at any given time. It’s like I can hear the thoughts whizzing around their heads: “Ooh, look at her. What an idiot. I [...]

🎥 You’re not boring [Moxie Books]

Think nobody will want to read a book you’ve written? Think again! This week, I answer this question: “I am a mortgage broker and life/health insurance specialist. How and why would I write a book about that and who would buy it?” Short answer: you don’t write a book about that. Instead, you write a [...]

How’s your Inner D*ckhead today?

“You are such an IDIOT! You’re crap! I don’t know why you bother.” Not you. Me. Or, at least, that’s what my Inner Dickhead would have me believe. Honestly, if you could hear the stuff I say to myself in my head, you’d be horrified. I’m horrified. Every now and then, Joe pulls me up [...]

No such thing as “writer’s block”

It’s time for Truthy Thursday (yes it’s a thing). Today’s truth: there is no such thing as writer’s block, so you just need to get on with it. Okay, that’s a little harsh – it’s much easier said than done to “just get on with it”. So today’s truth is accompanied by a top tip [...]

My butt is purely decorative

Becoming good at anything is basically about building habits. The habit of practising, of building a skill or muscle or flexibility or the belief you can do whatever it is you want to do. For about 7,826 years now, I’ve been working on my flexibility so I can do the splits and better backbends. I [...]

Why I went to the beach instead of writing

It’s Wednesday, which means I answer your questions about writing, publishing, and anything else you care to ask. Charles asked me about my own experiences of having written and published books. What went wrong? What went right? What was unexpected? What would you now do differently? All good questions, and I answered them in this [...]

“That’s just the way it is”

How many times have you heard someone say, “That’s just the way it is?” Or “That’s just how he/she is, people don’t change.” Makes me gnash my gnashers. If a process or system is ridiculous or ineffective or just plain shit, don’t accept “that’s just the way it is”. Change it. If you’d like to [...]

Struggling to write the blurb for the back cover of your book? I hear ya. It’s tough. You have 200 words, ish, to convince to a total stranger your book is worth buying and reading. So how do you do it? Start by watching these 4 Top Tips, from someone who struggles with this for a [...]

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