Monthly Archives: July 2010

Annoying things, no.1

Annoying things: looking at an inoffensive little scene that gives an outsider’s view on your heroine and her views and has some nice description in it, and realising that the reader already knows about the heroine’s outlook on life by … Continue reading

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Madame Guillotine talks about why she’s publishing with Lulu

Madame Guillotine has a really interesting post up On Self Publishing With Lulu. (Also, you can see me failing at threaded comments. Oh, WordPress, I am still a bumbling newbie where you are concerned).

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Read an excerpt from The Maker’s Mask!

The two halves of the Digital Doorstop are now to be The Maker’s Mask and The Hawkwood War, after much wailing, gnashing of teeth and failing to come up with alternate titles. I’ve never been more grateful that the project … Continue reading

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Well, things are progressing. The first book has been wrangled into Lulu’s 6 x 9 Word template, and I’m working on the second one now. Hopefully the conversion to PDF won’t make all the formatting go wrong, or there will … Continue reading

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Get ahead! Get a horse.

Things I never expected to find whilst searching stock photo archives for possible cover photos: A series of photos of cyborg girls kissing cyborg horses. Whatever the book is that that would make a good cover for, I think I’m … Continue reading

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The ancestry of a novel

Novels, like people, have ancestors. Of course, they have ancestors in the ‘I would not be writing these precise books if I hadn’t read Pern and Darkover and the Vorkosiverse and Georgette Heyer’ sense, but I don’t quite mean that. … Continue reading

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Look at us, we’re cover plus

A friend of a friend has kindly offered to design covers for me, which is a weight off my mind, as my design training pretty much ended when I gave up technical drawing at sixteen. I’ve spent the afternoon happily … Continue reading

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