Every so often a year rolls by that has an impact on those who lived through it – an impact so intense that the year becomes iconic, legendary. Like 1914, the year that the First World War began – a trauma that divided the old world from the new and set the current shape of … More Wrapping up the year by the numbers
Ever wondered why you don’t get as much traffic as you’d like on your blog? Or why your book’s vanished without a trace of sales on Amazon? I did some checking. In this wired world, the web is one crowded place. Every second, people put: 23 posts on WordPress 463 posts on Tumblr 5700 tweets on … More Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world
I’ve refurbished my blog this week – added a new header, new background and changed some of the colours. The header’s from a photo essay I took in late February in Napier, New Zealand. It features the upper parts of the 1932 Masonic Hotel building on the right, in early streamline style, and the 1936 T & G … More Refurbishing with colour and deco
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Professionalism counts when it comes to writing. Which includes valuing your audience – however small. A little anecdote. Back in the late ’90s, She Who Must Be Obeyed and I went to a show by a local singer-songwriter-actress in a small venue – a public bar. … More Essential Writing Skills: taking your audience with you
A blogger, here in New Zealand, recently had to move his family after receiving death threats. The blog was also subject to a DOS attack. It was all reportedly triggered by comments about a car crash victim, which made a regional newspaper. Readership’s all about discovery, these days, but for me this highlights a pitfall. Some bloggers … More How to get your blog discovered – the hard way
I post a lot on this blog about writing – but not often about the writing I’m actually doing myself. That’s partly because it’s often commercially sensitive. But also partly because you’d soon get sick of my blurting on all the time hard-selling my books. And I’d certainly get sick of writing about it. Most of … More A totally cool and exciting taunt
It’s 2014 – and I’m rolling into the new year and new blog posts. I’ve got a full programme lined up for you kind folks this next few months. There’s ‘Essential Writing Skills’ – a regular weekly series outlining what writers need. It’s backed by my 30 years in the business as a published author, … More Welcome to 2014 in M J Wright blog-o-land
A few days ago WordPress sent me a barrage of statistics about my blog in 2013. Intriguing stuff. I discovered, for instance, that if each visitor was equal to a hydrogen atom, then I would not have had enough visitors to fill the Atlantic ocean with water. And that on 18 June I received 22.3 … More Secret revealed: the most searched-for thing ever!
There are no two ways about it – 2013 has been a year to remember. Not least because my city, Wellington, was slammed by two major quakes – and thousands of aftershocks – mid-year. High points? For me, some surprises. General book sales have dropped twenty percent and publishers have been fleeing the country. But … More Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers
It’s Christmas again. Where has 2013 gone? Why, the way every year does – quickly, in a sea of good intentions and reorganised plans. I hope everybody has a wonderful festive season. Whether it’s snowing or high summer. And that, somewhere along the way, we get the chance to bring a little more cheer to … More It’s Christmas. Again.