Words from the otherworld: Media, marketing, noise and just, no. This is a web, let’s treat it as such.


I have been thinking a lot about ‘marketing’ lately. I have also been doing a lot of researching and admittedly I still have a lot more research ahead of me. However, what I have read so far didn’t sit well with me. It made me uncomfortable and even went against my values. “Ah, but marketing isn’t about values its about money! And making sure your wonderful book reaches the readers that so desperately want it!” Hmmm. That still doesn’t sit well with me. So, I have been sitting and thinking about the internet, the ‘web’. The web is my main source of contact to the outside world since falling ill and in many ways it has been a life saver. I have made some truly profound connections via the web. Also, I met my partner and the majority of my great loves and friends, via the web. How did these…

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Discover and Build Your Author Brand

E.E. Rawls Writes

By Kimberley Grabas on yourwriterplatform.com : original article here

What exactly is an author brand?

You’re a writer, not a company or a product.

Do you really need a brand?

An effective author brand can give you a major edge in successfully marketing your new self-published novel, increasing your client base for your freelance writing business or landing that book deal for your non-fiction work.

Interest piqued?

Many authors mistakenly

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QUITE THE QUERY with Mary Elizabeth Summer and TRUST ME, I’M LYING



If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few writers say writing their query took them almost as long as drafting their book!

Some people have the talent of being able to summarize their book in a few sentences. But for those who don’t, I wanted to provide a resource so writers could learn what works, and what doesn’t, in a query.

With that in mind, I’m pleased to share today’s successful query from Mary Elizabeth Summer. This great query connected her with her agent, Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Julep Dupree is not a real person. In fact, Julep isn’t even her real name. She’s a grifter, a con artist, a master…

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Author CV


So, I’m three down, seven to go and next up is Sheil Land Associates. They’re a British agency I found in my much-loved Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2015. Super helpful book! Anyway, I have begun piecing together the required bits and bobs for the submission packet, but one of the things they require is an author CV.

I found a really helpful template here. It’s a couple scrolls down the page, but there is a downloadable word document that was really handy in figuring out what I have to offer…which isn’t much, as it turns out. My initial CV had three bulletpoints:

  • My objective is to obtain an agent who is pationate about my novels.
  • BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing
  • Founder and member, Wexford Writers Critique Group

Yup…. that was pretty much it. Sad, isn’t it? I have since found other things to flesh…

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