Submissions Burnout is Real I’ll admit, your honour: this is a mildly click-baity headline. And it sounds like I’m about to go all Meh on the art of submitting your work for publication, so I’ll stop you before your porcupine spines start to lift- I’m not about to do that. Stand down, Buster, stand down. … Continue reading Submissions: is it time to get off the Carousel?
It’s a familiar, lonesome cry, and one I hear often from indie and self-published authors: ‘I want to write books, but I HATE promoting them, why does it have to be all about promotion? It shouldn’t be a popularity contest! I just want to write, not take a degree in fucking marketing to get any … Continue reading Self Promotion Tips for Authors Who Hate Talking About Themselves
‘So these are my choices?’ My Mother and I are discussing your imminent death. Knowing this would probably have upset you, for you never liked to be a burden, yet constantly thought of yourself as such. ‘I’m sorry, darling. It’s covid, isn’t it? The care home has all these rules...I’m sorry.’ ‘It’s okay. I understand.’ … Continue reading Choices
Good Things...and Bad Content warnings: descriptions of abuse, PTSD, anxiety, assault, suicidal ideation and being followed. Sorry, folks. I’m on a zoom call, and its about A Thing. A Thing I can’t talk about, beyond calling it A Thing, which, as a writer, is always an amazing and mildly terrifying but edifying sentence to be … Continue reading A week, what a week
Get off Twitter, love (Photo by Denise Duplinski from Pexels) Altogether now: if you’re trying to put food on the table with your writing efforts, then social media is a necessary evil. I know it, you know it, your seven year old nephew knows it, everyone who cares about book sales and making a name for themselves knows … Continue reading How I survive social media as an Author (including the art of accepting unsolicited advice)
Beady-eyed readers may have noticed that my latest short story collection, TILL THE SCORE IS PAID, which was published in December 2019 by Giles Press, has been listed as 'unavailable' for some time on both Amazon and via the publisher. I've had a lot of enquiries about buying the book, and enquiries from (rightly) disgruntled … Continue reading Till the Score is Paid- revised version THESE WOUNDS is out NOW
We Will By Gemma Amor We will each have a day, maybe past, maybe yet to come, when a landslide of cold and brutal change will fall upon us, an avalanche of rules and warnings and death and terrible news and things we can, and cannot do, and we will understand, slowly, reluctantly, that our … Continue reading We Will
I have just written my first novel. Before we continue, I should state: I have half-written fifteen novels in my life so far. Fifteen. There’s a sci-fi MS, an historic thriller MS, a fantasy saga MS, three more horror novels, a VR thriller MS, a dystopian underworld MS...the list goes on and on. I’ve never … Continue reading What it’s like to write your first novel: a first hand account
Why I am no longer afraid to write about death.
People often ask me why I decided to change my career in my thirties and become a writer. They ask, and I laugh it off, shrug and say ‘Now seemed as good a time as any to change my life!’ But this is not how it happened, not really. There was no light-bulb moment, no … Continue reading Trauma as fuel: writing through pain, and why I became an author