Category Archives: About a Book

The Aspartame Conspiracy #newstuff

You can tell your posts are getting read by someone when you get contacted by strangers. Actually it happened a lot on my first blog, but that’s because I was part of a forum and blogged about my wedding plans. … Continue reading

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Do you Trust Atoms?

It’s a play: ‘Trusting Atoms: the Last Trials of Ludwig Boltzmann’, a tragic science play, no less. Locked in a conflict over the existence of atoms, 19th century physics and philosophy become personal, like all other human endeavour. I first … Continue reading

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Hot Topics and Fixed Conclusions

How many people out there love satellites, but hate surveillance? A friend just emailed me this, along with the title “Why would people end privacy?” I remember having the same debate in school: is it worth having surveillance to combat … Continue reading

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A Face By Any Other Name

Do you ever find yourself walking down a street or sitting in a pub somewhere and suddenly look round to see somebody who looks exactly like a character you have written? It’s an eerie sensation. As Hector of the ‘History … Continue reading

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Ghostwriting and Copyediting

Time for the final review. And I have to admit, I’m  not particularly familiar with the concept of ghostwriting. I think there was a Jonathan Creek once where a ghostwriter was killed, and that is pretty much the depth of … Continue reading

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The Publishing Industry and Other Mysteries

So the reviews continue… Writing Tips: How Long, How Many, How Much? So his section is sensible, including numbers on length to actually quantify stuff… but I have read it before elsewhere…! Luckily, not all of it. And when even … Continue reading

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Meeting Literary Agents and Other Matters

I’m not sure if this section is special, but on the home page of Writer’s Workshop Advice Section, the title Meeting Literary Agents and Other Matters is in a different (but similar) colour to the other headings. …We’ll find out. … Continue reading

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Synopses and Proposals

As I review the Writers’ Workshop Advice Section, I’m starting to get a little bit frustrated that the names of the links on the parent advice page don’t match the titles of the pages they link to. It’s a little … Continue reading

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Manuscript presentation & query letters

Today I’m a much happier bunny with the sections I am reviewing for Writers’ Workshop. The Final Polish is littered with pictures, bullet points, bolds, subheadings and linked references to good resources. And the golden component – examples. I am … Continue reading

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How do you find a literary agent?

Um, I know you guys think Agent Hunter is awesome, but I don’t… and two links under one heading, seriously? Was this just bunged in and not checked? Because to me under “How do you find a literary agent?” it … Continue reading

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