Congratulations on writing your book! That is a HUGE achievement. Be proud of yourself. What’s that I hear? It’s been out a week and you can’t retire yet? I’m afraid you will be waiting a long time. In 2018, 675 million print books were sold in the US, 190.9m print books in the UK, and is valued at $312mContinue reading “Help! I want to sell more books!”
Author Archives: The Coffeehouse Writer
Writing for Well-Being
Namaste! This simple word means Hello in India, but around the globe it says so much more. It has an automatic way for bringing a sense of calm with it, that the person who says it is happy and content and wishes that for you. Maybe this is because I usually hear it when IContinue reading “Writing for Well-Being”
Is Indie Publishing a Piece of Cake?
That all depends on how far you will go for that slice of sweet goodness! Firstly, let’s look at the reasons you may want to be an indie author. You like to remain in CONTROL of EVERYTHING. I get this, I honestly do, when you go down the traditionally published route your begin to looseContinue reading “Is Indie Publishing a Piece of Cake?”
Flexing the Writing Muscle
Do you write daily? I do. Now. Not always what I should be writing, but I do write. I am and have always been, a big list maker, it is probably why plotting ideas and creating beatsheets is easier for me than others. I can write extensive notes, on my work and that of myContinue reading “Flexing the Writing Muscle”
Hands up if you’re a writer who has suffered self -doubt? The two seem to go hand in hand, we are after all putting something very personal out there for public viewing and critisim. The key here is to understand that you will always get negative feedback off someone. It is down to taste, weContinue reading “Self Love”
It’s really as simple as that. Mistakes are allowed, in fact let’s go one step further and encourage them! Remember when I told you about my sons and the cornflakes? That was an accident. Son no. 3 had made the mistake of over reaching. BUT… if he hadn’t they would never have heard the soundsContinue reading “Writer’s Mistakes!”
Do you remember these cartoons drawn by Kim Casali for her new husband? They used to feature everywhere. Creativity can be like the many examples given in the ‘love is…’ cartoons, it comes in many forms. For me personally, my creativity comes out in writing, gardening, cooking, teaching and party planning and photography. I amContinue reading “Creativity is…”
Does the mention of the word send you into a cold sweat, that drips down you back, you know right between your shoulder blades, pooling at your waistband? I think I’m more than competent at editing, at least with other people’s work, it is after all a huge part of my job, though I doContinue reading “Editing”
Story Craft Basics
Designed with the new writer in mind. Four 2 hour sessions filled with the basics of crafting a story.What exactly do you need and what can you delete? The course is held online via Zoom. Don’t worry about Zoom fatigue, you will have time off the screen writing, and being kept busy. Bring a drinkContinue reading “Story Craft Basics”
How many reasons do you need to take a Writing Course?
When you write copy for marketing or blogs, it’s often said to have a number in the title as folk like to have an idea of the quality of what they are reading, based on quantity. Yet when it comes to most things it’s a way of seeking permission to follow our dreams in easyContinue reading “How many reasons do you need to take a Writing Course?”