Over the last couple of months, I have been working hard on my email list. Everything was going well, three weeks in, my account was suspended by MailChimp. The reason was suspicious activity. Anyone who has subscribed knows that I send standard author newsletters. I emailed them back and asked for clarification. That was three weeks ago, I still haven’t got a reply. As MailChimp had been recommended to me, I was devastated. The fact that MailChimp treats its customers like this, is another matter. I understand that accounts need to be checked. Not replying, is a great example of a company getting too popular, to care about the people who put them at the top. At the time I was tempted to give up on my newsletter, but why should I let one company ruin my writing career. So I looked for alternatives. I decided to go it alone.
Factors to consider when sitting down to write your first novel. When I was very young, I was lucky enough to have a school visit from Michael Rosen. He said something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. To be able to write fiction of any type you need to imagine the story in your head like a movie and then write what you see. It was the first time I realised, that I could write a novel. I could see the characters and action in stories as clear as if I was watching it on a TV screen.
I remember the day I was taken away from my parents, I was ten years old. I spent five years away from them. Although I can’t remember where I was or who had me. We moved about a lot, the faces constantly changing. I was not alone. All children in our society are removed at … Continue reading The Mission – Flash Fiction
When I was very young, 10 years old I was lucky enough to have a school visit from Michael Rosen. He said something which stuck with me for the rest of my life. To be able to write fiction of any type you need to imagine the story in your head like a movie and … Continue reading 5 Tips to Writing a Killer Novel
Let me start by saying I love technology. I have had many of the latest gadgets as they are released and always have my iPad in my bag for those few snatched minutes to write. However, that has not changed my opinion on notebooks. As much as I love technology I love stationery. Not just … Continue reading Three Advantages to a Notebook Compared to Technology
Thinking back I simply can not remember how I stumbled upon Medium. Like many users for the first couple of months, I drifted in and out of it. Recently I have truly fallen in love with it. Like a girl who suddenly realises her best friend is hunky. Medium is my new obsession and commands … Continue reading Struggling to Make Medium Work For You
Read advice from an established author and they speak about the importance of an established writing routine. Most authors have a set place to write and a set routine for writing. Now I hear you cry it is alright for them, all they do is write as a career. They are not like us starting … Continue reading How to Conquer Your Writing Routine