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How Much Is Too Much?-Description Wise

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Novels always attract different attitudes from readers. This is particularly true of my latest wip which I am putting through two critique groups. Some think the converstions are colourful and witty, [the LOL's tell me they get my jokes] whereas some get very confused, don't 'get' the humour at all and in front of every other sentence write 'describe what this looks/smells like' and 'what does she feel about that?'

If I did what they suggested the narrative would be so bogged down with extraneous images and inner feelings, the story itself would get totally lost.

Recently I read a novel which has wonderful characterisation in a dark, mystical way [but without the werewolves and the fairies] However the author also includes a 'beat' into almost every line; a nuance, an expression, a look, or a mannerism.  I feel I am being battered on all sides by sensory overload, none of which lingers in my memory and distracts me from the actual story.

I rea…

Review For Royalist Rebel

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I don't normally boast about my reviews, for every good one there are three bad ones hovering somewhere, right? I had to share this one from Petrea Burchard, who wrote it for her local publication Hometown Pasadena, really did 'get' what I was trying to portray in my version of Elizabeth Murray's story of her struggles during the English Civil War. When readers do that, it makes all the hard work and research worthwhile.

Regardless of the story inside, recent covers of historical novels are all about the bodice. A hint of cleavage indicates a hint of romance, maybe even lust. These books are obviously aimed at women, but when the character’s head is cut out of the picture, I wonder what kind of women those cover designers are aiming for.

The cover of Royalist Rebelsuggests something less frivolous. It’s a circa 1651 portrait of the book’s protagonist, Elizabeth Murray, Lady Tollemache, with a black servant, possibly her beloved slave, Nero. It was painted at Ham …

Do Writers' Blogs Work?

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Agents, publishers, editors and other authors always tell me that if I am serious about a writing career, I must have some sort of web presence. That blogging is one of the most important ways to market your persona and your writing because readers want to hear about your everyday life, what set you on the path to authorship etc.

I looked up a few statistics, which may or may not be accurate, after all we have all heard that 96% of statistics are made up, or that there are lies, damn lies and statistics, but here they are anyway.

Apparently, 46% of people read blogs multiple times a day, and another 32% read them at least once a day.

These figures don't specify what sort of blogs these refer to, and writer blogs tend to occupy their own niche,so this may render them totally inaccurate - but I have to begin somewhere.

But do they work, in that does a writer's blog sell more books?

Also, are paid blogs any more effective that free blogs? Not easy to quantify that one, so I sh…

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