Guest post: Baking a bigger cake

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jann Weeratunga who discusses the authors group she started called “Baking a Bigger Cake” 🙂

JannBAKING A BIGGER CAKE

“We must meet up for coffee.”

Famous last words.

This is what I saw written on numerous Facebook pages between authors who were only known to each other via this medium.

Thus I decided to make faint promises into concrete arrangements, and so was born the Indie Authors Networking group. I approached Deborah du Plooy from Skoobs and explained my thoughts and she was on board from the onset. Basically, it’s a platform where authors, readers, bloggers, reviewers, artists, printer, publishers and all others literary folk can meet and hang out together. We meet once a month at Skoobs Theatre of Books, basically because they have, under the guidance, (as well as occasional poke and prod) of Deborah du Plooy, launched over 100 Indie Authors and are considered by many as the home of Jozi Indies, and their support is constant. Plus they have a lovely upstairs venue with a licensed bar and brilliant coffee – the two musts for any author.

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Guest post: Creating a Functional Family Within Fiction

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful P.C. Zick, who discusses revamping her contemporary romance series. Enjoy!

AuthorPhotoNewCreating a functional family within fiction

By P.C. Zick

“I’m from a dysfunctional family.”

We’ve all heard this statement so much, it’s a cliché—overused and meaningless.

However, as an author, I can turn the cliché into something meaningful. But first, I must make my fictional families as dysfunctional as possible to create the necessary conflict and tension. Once I’ve done that, I can turn them into my ideal version of functional. I don’t mean the vision of what we’d been told a “real” family looks like. Those ideas were created with the 1950s sitcoms, and probably messed us all up when we realized we didn’t have Donna Reed in an apron in the kitchen cooking dinner. Or Mrs. Cleaver greeting the Beaver and Wally with homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk when they came home from a perfect day of school. Fred McMurray wasn’t in the recliner in the den with a pipe waiting to dispense down-to-earth advice to his three sons on how to ask a girl out on a date.

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Guest Post: Author Toni Cox

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Toni Cox, author of the Elemental Trilogy, who shares with us her experiences and difficulties she has overcome and how writing played a part in that. Enjoy! 🙂

Toni_Cox_profile_pic[1].jpgMy love for reading began when I was 11 years old and I was given a book for Christmas. It was “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. I started horse riding when I was very young, so the book spoke to me on so many different levels. From then on, I saved every bit of pocket money I could and bought one book of the series every month.

I have been an avid reader since then, reading a variety of genres, but the fantasy genre holds a very special place in my heart. Fantasy books are an escape from reality and when you feel that you need to step away from life for a little while, a good fantasy book can do that for you.

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Guest post: Really Easy to be Overwhelmed

It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂

jayeReally Easy to be Overwhelmed

by Jaye Marie

I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.

The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.

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Guest Post: A Reading Experience

Sorry for the delay people. Lost my internet connection! This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jayne Denker, author of several romcoms and already onto her seventh… (paint me jealous!) However she has found time to contribute to this blog! Enjoy 🙂

jayne.jpgI’m supposed to be writing.

I’m not.

My next romcom, my seventh, is all mapped out in my head. Why am I not writing it? Well, life sort of got in the way recently, as it tends to do. And then the holidays came along, which always make the “real-life lag” ten times worse.

Okay, you know what? I’m procrastinating. I admit it. Even though writers learn how to write despite grappling with random obstacles thrown in their path, and whining about not having time is not allowed, sometimes we need time to decompress, so here I am, telling my next novel idea to shush, that I’ll get to it in a little while. I only feel a little guilty about it.
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Guest post: “Write what you know” (part 1)

This week’s guest poster is the lovely author Nathalie Andrews who discusses that prickly topic of “write what you know.” Please note this is a 2 part article so check back tomorrow for the second half 🙂 Enjoy!

Nathalie.jpg“Write What You Know” (part 1)

By Nathalie Andrews

We’ve all heard the advice. If we’ve experienced something the chances are we will have a clearer understanding of it and, in turn, that means we’ll be better able to write about it. Right?

But what if you want to write about something completely different – a character from another time, another culture, a fantastical world? There are two things to think about: how could you write them well? And should you write them at all?

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Guest post: How to write in a foreign language

MS Harris.jpgThis week’s guest poster is the wonderful M S Harris who discusses writing manuscripts in a language that is not your native one.

How To Write In A Foreign Language

by M.S. Harris

I have been writing for a long time and I’ve been making stories in my head for as long as I can remember.

Not only do I write and I make stories, but I write them in English. English is not my first language, Greek is and through a lot of thinking I decided that writing in English is the better choice for me.

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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.

Emma

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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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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