Miss Dilly: Guard Cat

Laugh at cats! They’ll never forgive you.

Jan Edwards

dilly-queen-smallSitting here a few minutes ago, getting into writing mode, when *plonk* *clatter* *flutter* *bang*  – a large wood pigeon landed on the study window sill.

Now this is no mean feat for a bird that size when the sill is narrow, sloping and, being, a modern UPVC replacement,  totally without purchase of any kind for pigeonish feet.

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Ethical issues in self-publishing: Why you should care

This says it all. Being independent should mean that you can stick by your principles and not get sucked into the whole marketing thing. Easier said than done however when Amazon ratings matter so much.

j0321197It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think about ethics on a daily basis — at least not consciously.  But every once in a while we see, read or hear something that makes us think that something is not quite “right.”  Something about it makes us feel that it’s just wrong.  That something might be perfectly legal, but still doesn’t feel right.  That’s your own internal ethical compass telling you to look at the issue more closely. The problem is, often when we ought to see something as not quite right, we don’t even notice.  Self-publishing comes to mind.

Writers have been self-publishing for many years. Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Beatrix Potter and Virginia Wolff come immediately to mind, giving self-publishing what should be a kind of positive cache.  However, the image of self-publishing has, over the years, diminished in the eyes of many — the media…

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Cover Reveal

The Zharmae Publishing Press's photo. It’s here the cover for my new book! “Clear Gold” will be published by Illusio and baquer, an imprint of Zharmae Press, in the next few weeks.

In a world where water is more precious than gold, Mouse’s ambition is to be a guard on the water wagons. She wants to leave the restrictions of The Town and go out in search of the knowledge and learning that will give her independence and self respect.

Aimed at the younger YA audience, I want Mouse to be a role model. She’s a girl who can stand up for herself, who wants to learn and is infinitely curious about the world around her.

There are too many books out there where the main character’s only concern is to find love. Mouse is not like that. She wants more and she will find it.

The Psychology of ‘Coldhearted’

Elisia Green - Writer

My new novel Coldhearted is out on Kindle from May 9th priced £1.33 and will be available as a paperback from July 20th.

I love writing, it’s a passion and something I don’t think I could live without, so when I finish something I’m so proud of myself for doing so and incredibly happy that I’ve created something I hope others will enjoy reading.

Coldhearted is my second novel, the first being The Tapestry Queens which was published in 2005. This novel was an experiment in writing styles and even though I was happy to sell a few copies I actually managed to sell over 150 locally. It’s not much in the scheme of things but considering I hadn’t made a fuss about it I think I did quite well. It is still available on kindle and via the printing company lulu.

When I write I like to look at…

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Guest Writer: Sarah Jayne Townsend

Jan Edwards

Sara Townsend (45) smallSara Jayne Townsend is a UK-based writer of crime and horror, and someone tends to die a horrible death in all of her stories.  She was born in Cheshire in 1969, but spent most of the 1980s living in Canada after her family emigrated there.  She now lives in Surrey with two cats and her guitarist husband Chris.  She co-founded the T Party Writers’ Group in 1994, and remains Chair Person. She decided she was going to be a published novelist when she was 10 years old and finished her first novel a year later.  It took 30 years of submitting, however, to fulfil that dream.

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Do I need a Smartphone?

Smart phones. My mobile phone isn’t smart. It’s not even very intelligent. All my little Nokia can do, is text, phone and take pictures. At least that’s all I think it can do. There’s another one or two icons on it that perhaps I ought to explore, but I don’t and why not?

The answer to that is that I don’t need to.

When I want to e mail I do it from my PC. I’ve never felt to urge to send an e mail from the middle of Sainsbury’s. It’s true that e mailing from the train could be useful, on one of my usual trips to Bristol, but then it would take time from the writing I’m doing on my laptop, so where’s the gain in that?

I don’t want to watch movies, or TV. I don’t need to Google the answer to every question that pops into my head. I can wait until I have access to a computer, or even a book!

I can also talk to people, or better still listen to them while travelling on the bus or the train. And I can think. I can let my mind fly free, secure in the knowledge, that with my phone switched off, no one can get in touch and I can recharge my own batteries in my own space and time.