I caught up with a few episodes of Shadow Hunters the other week. OK, well, I binge-watched them. Urban fantasy, as a broad genre, has been growing on me of late. It’s an intriguing juxtaposition: modern life and technology strapped up against old-style magic. And to me, it’s not really a juxtaposition. After all, the… More Does magic trump tech in urban fantasy?
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can’t help thinking that book covers these days – the ones that appear on Amazon and elsewhere – are all rather homogenised. Literally, in a pixel sense – they all seem to use one or another Photoshop layer-and-blend technique to float words, ghost-like, amidst artwork which… More Why Photoshop artistry makes boring book covers, even when they’re mine…
One of the lessons hammered home – and often taken up with zealous alacrity by writers early on the learning curve – is to ‘show’ not ‘tell’. Telling is the first way most people express themselves when writing, but it doesn’t work too well to capture readers. It doesn’t fire up the imagination; it plods,… More The secret behind ‘showing’ not ‘telling’ in your writing
I’ve been talking lately about the new world of independent publishing – the way all authors can, if they so desire, become publishers. A lot of the terms can be daunting and today I’m going through some of the ones associated with book binding. The three main ones are: Perfect binding. This is when the… More Getting in a bind over book binding
I have a shelf of my own books in my house, and it always intrigues me to see how the presentation styles have changed over the last 25 years or so. There have been a big shifts even in the last ten years. And the stuff my publishers of the day were doing in the… More Lamenting the loss of design and style in e-books
I was stopped in the street a little while ago by someone who said he’d recognised me from the TV documentary series I appeared in a few years ago. I presume from the re-run just finished. It turned out he’d bought some of my books and was quite a fan. He liked the idea of… More Why, as a writer, I am wary of strangers bearing smiles
I got involved in a discussion the other day about book pricing, covers and marketing profile. In the process it seemed clear to me that there are many misconceptions about how books actually sell. The idea being argued was that if a particular book got a better cover and the price was dropped – maybe… More ‘Free’ doesn’t sell books – and here’s what does