VICKY’S MUSINGS

Beware of self-publishing scams

I read this blog by David Gaughran – The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers – with growing horror. David’s blog is the first part of a two part investigation into the spamming activities of Author Solutions and it’s an eye-opener – and almost unbelievable. Read on through the comments too. It has been reblogged to all sorts of places …

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For fans of historical fiction

In case you haven’t seen this article in the NZ Herald on Historical Fiction deserves a future by Kate Forsyth, I’m re-blogging it here. Whilst its purpose is to promote the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts  in London this weekend, I enjoyed the way the Kate talks about how history became a passion through historical fiction. I’m with Kate. …

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Genre or author? Which do you follow?

I simply had to reblog this post of an interview with Linda Gillard by Joanne Phillips. Linda echoes my own thoughts absolutely: Years ago, when I was promoting my first novel at a library event, I asked the audience if they preferred an author’s books to be similar. Were publishers right to tell authors to stick to a successful formula? …

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A weekend in May

I know I’ve said this before, but we live in a wonderful country. Do we appreciate it enough? This weekend just gone, I was invited to do a Meet the Author presentation at the Whangamata Library. I had about twenty people turn up to listen to me talk about the development of my plot lines, the way the characters talk …

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The Cornish Knot Book Launch

Just off to Whangamata for a book launch for my novel The Cornish Knot. Wish me luck. The weather is perfect, the sun is shining and I can hear the birds singing in the garden as I prepare what I’m going to say. Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of new people. Tell you all about it when I …

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