A sneaky peek at my new erotic novella – Secrets of the East Wing

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the ‘Spicy Bites’ anthology, due out in August, which will contain my first foray into erotic writing – Serendipity.  This is a short story romance with graphic erotic scenes. As the release date approaches, I started researching what publishers of erotica are calling out for.  Straightforward Male/Female stories seem…

My naughty story is coming out for the world to see!

Three days ago I received some great news but had to wait to today before I was allowed to share it. Back in January I entered an erotic short story competition run by the Romantic Writers of Australia (I’m an international member).  Earlier this week I found out that I came 8th, and that the…

Getting published without an agent

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need an agent to get published.  There are now a number of completely reputable, professional publishers who accept manuscripts from unagented authors.  Here are some of the ones I have discovered: Bookouture Bookouture is a relatively new digital publisher, which has won awards for the way they treat…

An Exciting Insight into the Publishing Process

I have recently signed with a publisher and am quickly learning about the publishing process. I have to say, I was clueless as to how it all worked before, but am finding the whole thing fascinating as it unravels. I naively thought you write a book, they decide if they’re going to publish it and…

Ooh, exciting. But wait, what about the rude bits…

I had some incredibly exciting news this weekend – a publisher of romance e-books is interested in my manuscript!  It’s the news I’ve been waiting for for, ooh, about five years and it’s beyond thrilling. I don’t want to say too much at this stage in case they a) decide it’s been a terrible mistake…

Joining the Romance Novelists’ Association

For a couple of years now I’ve been wanting to join the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA).  The Association organises events for authors, established and aspiring, including a summer weekend conference every year where you can attend workshops and lectures held by those in the industry. It’s taken me this long to join because you can’t…

Word Crime

Every so often I take a break from fiction and pick up a factual book.  My current factual treat is Dr John Olsson’s Forensic Linguistics.  The leading expert in the field, Olsson details some of the cases he’s worked on and explains how linguistics has helped to solve mysteries and bring criminals to justice. Every chapter…

3 ways to improve your writing

I’ve taken a break from writing recently.  I felt I wasn’t really getting anywhere and needed to hone my skills by doing something different, rather than ploughing on relentless. Time will tell whether this detour has helped my writing, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the experience. Here’s what I’ve been doing: 1. Judging Contests…

Judging a Book without a Cover

Having recently become a member of the Romance Writers of Australia I decided to make the most of my membership.  What a very frightening proposition this was to be as I decided to not only enter one of the competitions, but volunteer to be a judge on another. So I merrily clicked ‘send’ on my…

Tips from successful writers

I firmly believe that if you work hard enough to achieve something it will happen – even if it costs you blood, sweat and tears in the process.  Despite this belief, from time to time I need an injection of inspiration from people who’ve been there, done it and got the T shirt (or the…

Tips for proof reading

Generally on this blog I steer clear of giving tips, mainly because, since I’m still to realise my ambition of becoming a professional writer, I don’t consider myself qualified for offering advice quite yet. However, as I’ve spent the last five years or so proof reading as part of my day job, this is one area I…