Submissions

I've been thinking a lot recently about submissions to agents, publishers and magazines, given that I'm sending out three different books and a whole bunch of short stories to them. I have come to several conclusions about how much work is involved, what information you need to know, and how much preparation you need to undertake. I'll call the agents, publishers and magazines APM's to shorten the article. I now have around a dozen different versions of my manuscripts on the computer. Some APM's want double-spaced, others 1.5 lines spacing. Some want Times…Read more

A Taster of My Style

I was asked the other day, what kind of stories I write. That is not easy to answer, as my tales cover multiple genres: self-help, science fiction, space opera, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, fairytales, fairy stories, magical realism, noir, detective fiction, humour, YA, children's books. Moreover, many of them contain more than one genre. That makes it difficult for agents and publishers to pigeonhole my work. Nevertheless, I've been told by multiple readers that they like my style and imagination. I'm a member of a local writing group called the Whittlesey Wordsmiths. We…Read more

Being Creative

I've been thinking about what it means to be a writer; the ups and downs, as well as the triumphs and defeats (aka rejections). I have to wonder why I do this, sometimes. What drives me? I decided that I'm one of those lucky ones who not only has a creative streak, but has discovered the best way to express that. I've been looking through old blog posts from another blog of mine (http://stephenoliverblog.com), and I realised that this one is just as relevant now as it was a few years ago. So…Read more

Interview – Update

Since my last post, I've received some links to the interview on various podcasts. Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/77O2gsFTbWXcKy5Ks1dUr7 Podcast Addict https://podcastaddict.com/podcast/3038980 Jiosaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/The--Writers-Stop\/1\/JTAMKezVAWU_ Passionate World Talk Radio Network https://passionateworldtalkradio.com/unleashing-your-dreams/ It's also on their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/passionateworldradio/ iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-writers-stop/id1523170826?i=1000484275418. Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/user/8680265/the-writers-stop Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/id3104442Read more

Interview

I was recently interviewed for a podcast and Internet radio station, here in the UK. We talked about a book I self-published some years ago, as well as the experience of being a writer. The interview took place over several days due to technical problems obtaining a coherent recording. This explains the somewhat different timbres and tones of the various sections. I found it an exciting experience because I had no idea what the questions would be, nor how I was going to answer. You see, I'm a Pantser even when I'm talking…Read more

Computer Voices

I've been doing some experimenting recently in connection with a project I am working on. I discovered software that will allow me to enter text to create computer-generated voices. I am thinking of using them to make short training audiobooks. Three of the voices appealed to me for various reasons. One is British, the other two are American with different accents. I have a personal preference, but I would like to know what other people think. To this end, I used the software to create recordings of last month's blog post, "Becoming a…Read more

Becoming a Writer

Some time ago, I received an email in connection with a post I made on the TUT Writer’s Group on Facebook. The writer asked me about how to become a writer. I wrote them the following reply. When it comes to writing, I would like to know where your writer’s block lies, so that I can give you more targeted advice. However, I can give you the following points, to begin with. What sort of writing do you want to do? Do you intend to write fiction or non-fiction? I do both, and each needs…Read more

Hello!

Welcome to my author's page. I will post my thoughts and experiences as a writer on my way to becoming a published author, in the hope that they will encourage others to follow the same path. I imagine that my posts will probably be somewhat erratic, as I am busy with so many other tasks on the journey, but I promise that they will be interesting.Read more