Guest article by Philip Whiteley
Recently, I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. As expected, there are rather more women than men. I thought that the ratio might be 85-15 or 90-10. In fact, it’s more like 99-1, and a few of the male card-carrying members use female pseudonyms. There is a similar story in the readership profile. The extent to which the cover and other aspects of marketing of my first novel Close of Play, a romantic comedy, have been tilted towards the expected female audience has been a fascinating learning experience, as my publisher applies the finishing touches.
Guest article by Richard Gardner.
I have always had an ambition to become a successful author. It was only when I neared retirement that I actually had the time. Then there was the problem of what to write about…
Guest blog by Jan Domagal
My Five Top Tips for Writing.
I often think what advice would I give to other writers should they ask, so here, in no particular order of preference are my top five tips.
Guest Blog – Albrecht Behmel
What really fascinates me as a writer is the question why some stories enter tradition and others don’t. There is plenty of good stuff out there that nobody reads anymore. Material that is totally forgotten but once was really en vogue, like the stories about Phantomas. Then there are stories that somehow made it into the canon even though they are dull as hell. Generations of students have suffered here and nobody, e.g. knows why on earth we still read James Joyce when there is Flann O’Brien.