The Translator

Translator.jpgI’ve been having a rough time over the last few weeks, it’s dropped my mood and made it hard to focus. Add to that minimal sleep and screaming headaches and I’ve not been my warm fuzzy self. :p  That’s not really changed but I wanted to put something up.

Here is a silly post about writer comments and their translations. I hope you enjoy it.

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Guest Post: Back to the Bean: A Writer’s Letter to No

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Kim Chance who you might know from her successful Youtube channel. Her post is a fascinating letter to No. Enjoy🙂

Kim Chance.jpgDear No,

We need to talk. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I think it’s finally time for me to get this off my chest. I hope you won’t take this personally because as cliché as it sounds, it really is me and not you….well, for the most part.

It’s time for the truth, and it boils down to this: I’m exhausted of you, No. Completely and utterly exhausted. There. I said it, and I’m sorry. But it’s true.

When we first met, you hardly bothered me. In fact, every time you walked in with that ridiculous sashay of yours, I would laugh and tell myself that you didn’t matter because I was much bigger than you. However, lately, you’ve grown in size. Like a freaking beanstalk, you’ve gone from being a tiny little bean, to being this enormous, ever-growing plant that’s stuck smack dab in the middle of my life. It’s getting a little harder to pretend that I’m not frustrated by you.

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Guest Post: Finding that book inside you

This week’s guest post is by the lovely Sally Cronin who is discussing the option of writing Non-Fiction books.

sallyFinding that book inside you by Sally Cronin

Not everyone can dive into publishing with a best-selling novel, and most successful authors who have sold a million copies of their books are a rare breed.

Writing and then marketing our own books can be exciting but it can also be a daunting task. Whilst most of us who write love the process, we understand that we are competing with hundreds of thousands of other fiction titles that are published each year. This is particularly true if you are writing within one of the most popular of the genres such as Thrillers, Mystery or Fantasy.
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Guest Post: Interview with Emma Hornby

This week’s guest poster is the author Emma Hornby, who has kindly given her time to answer some interview questions.🙂 Enjoy.


Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

Hi, Ari, and thanks for inviting me here!

I suppose I’ve always loved writing. I began jotting poetry in my mid-teens; I even worked as a freelance poet for a while. As a lover of historical sagas, I’d been toying with the idea of penning my own novel for a few years before I finally put words down on paper.

However, it wasn’t until I had a short story accepted by a magazine and saw my name in print that I believed I might actually have some ability, here. As well as having several pieces published online, I had another short story selected to be performed on stage at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. These spurred me on to complete the book and begin looking into getting it published. I found myself an agent and recently signed a three-book deal with Transworld, Penguin Random House. Transworld, the late Dame Catherine Cookson’s publisher, have described me as their new Cookson – an honour indeed!

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Stop all the hate

Teamwork concept. People hands pulling the rope on grey background

So, I’m seeing a lot of negativity from some writers on the net.

Since creative people are tangled in a vast swathe of emotions and sensations, negativity is certainly part of that tapestry and it has it’s place.

But too much and everything becomes dull. Now the negativity I’m speaking of isn’t even the expected kind – you know that self-hating, self-doubting type we writers sometimes find following us around like a bad smell.

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Autumn Line up of Blog and Book Promotions on Smorgasbord – Calling bloggers, authors, poets and comedians

Today’s blog post is being bounced to tomorrow. So I thought I’d share this reblog!🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

As we head into the mellow days of autumn and the chilly nights of winter… or hot summers for some of you…. it is time to make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for you to promote your blogs, books and poetry here on Smorgasbord.

I know from experience that a great many of you are so modest that you might take a little persuasion.. I promise that I don’t bite and I have a great many lovely friends who would love to read more about you..

The Living History Interview.

Living History

The new Sunday show is already going well with three booked starting on 11th of September. I wanted to capture stories of people’s lives that might be classified as living history. Stories passed down to you from your great grandparents (if you are really lucky) grandparents and parents. Stories about ordinary people who have lived through hard times…

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Guest Post: 15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around)

This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing🙂

Visions of Zarua Book Cover15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around) by Suzanne Rogerson

First some back ground on me;

When I self-published my first fantasy novel Visions of Zarua in 2015 I was a complete novice. The ebook was published in November, and then after a hasty change of heart, I published the paperback in December.

It was an intense time but I was lucky to have the support of my editor, Alison Williams, to answer my many questions and the rest I researched on the internet.


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