I got one of the best surprises I could hope for today; I got an email from the cover designer I use to say that the cover for Written In Blood, my second released novel, has won a gold star in the ebook cover design awards for April 2017 from www.thebookdesigner.com I wasn't even aware... Continue Reading →
A great article on things that many of us do wrong with our writing, and some very good advice on how to easily fix the mistakes. I look forward to/dread finding out how often I’ve made these mistakes in my current book.
Filter words and crutch words are a more recent discovery of mine with writing. Learning what they are, why they’re bad, and how to get rid of them has really changed my style for the better.
Distancing words are things like: felt, heard, saw, touched, looked, etc. They put a barrier between the reader and the book, rather than immersing them right into the action or description.
For example this sentence: She looked up to see dark clouds in the sky and heard the distant rumble of thunder. She felt a chill run down her spine.
Can become: Dark clouds rolled across the sky and thunder rumbled in the distance. A chill ran down her spine.
Fewer words and more powerful and immersive, right?
Crutch words are slightly different. They are words we use too often, and pause a sentence unnecessarily. They are fine for speech, but…
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Murder and arson, a small price for revenge? Some might think it too costly, others a bargain. In An Eye For An Eye: Inspector Stone Mysteries #2, the past catches up to Nathan Stone in the most costly of ways. Now available to pre-order for only 99c until July 1st An Eye For An Eye... Continue Reading →
I Hello my faithful followers, as I indicated not too long ago, Written In Blood is going on tour, well now it is on tour. The tour started yesterday and will run until Friday 12th, during which time my dark thriller about a serial killer terrorising an English village will visit and be featured on... Continue Reading →
The 2nd book in my Inspector Stone Mysteries series is now in the editing phase, with a planned release of early July. In preparation for that I have gotten a cover, I hope you all like it.
I have today signed up for a tour on Xpresso Book Tours. I was a little uncertain because of the price, this will be the most I've spent on my books outside of the covers, but hearing from a few of my fellow authors who have used the service I decided that the old adage... Continue Reading →
This Week’s Feature Author Interview with Michael Parker Hi Michael Parker, welcome to the Indie Publishing Group website. Introduce yourself to us. Tell everyone who you are, where you’re from, what do you enjoy doing, hobbies and interests. My name is Michael Parker: Mick to my wife, Mike when she wants something, and Michael when… via... Continue Reading →
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this but the other day I had an article I wrote posted on a writer's site and I plum forgot to let you all know about it. Now that I've remembered, here's the link, in case any of you would like to read about what it's like for me... Continue Reading →
As some of you may be aware, I have recently had problems with my books on Amazon, this would be annoying at the best of times, but immediately following the release of a new book, which has just hit 6 top 100 charts, is something of a disaster. Fortunately I have moved my books to... Continue Reading →