You have permission

Having just released my first book, there comes feeling of a great sense of achievement, but this moment of personal achievement almost wasn’t going to be.  When I originally looked into independent publishing it was 2011 and I was attempting to write literary fiction. Things were different back then and in order to be taken seriously as a writer I thought I had to write serious fiction. I worked and worked on a book and put it out and it got some relative success but something didn’t feel right, so I unpublished and didn’t write again for four years. There was a…

Indie vs. Traditional Publishing

We’ve entered an interesting phase of the digital revolution where the phrase ‘digital disruption’ is no longer a trendy buzz word but rather the state of the future. Technology is changing at a rapid rate and the entertainment industry is naturally evolving along with it to provide users with multiple options for how to consume media. This can also be seen in the book industry where independent publishing is starting to rival traditional publishing and becoming a more viable option for writers. But which is the right route to choose? Independent Publishing A few years back, being a successful independent…

Auckland Writers Festival

Last weekend was a flurry of activity with the Writer’s Festival getting underway in Auckland. This is by far one of my favourite weekends in the city and this year was no exception. As soon as the programme comes out, I scour through it looking for exciting events that will inspire and cajole inspiration out of me and this year did not disappoint.

Refilling the creative well

Life, eh? It can take it’s toll sometimes, we can get so busy with keeping up to the demands of work and everything else we need to do that it can end up draining the energy that we need to thrive. As someone who’s innately creative I need to find things that help keep me fuelled creatively, otherwise, I’ve found my happiness suffers.

The Importance of Learning Craft

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately listening to marketing related podcasts with indie publishing. While these are informative and are always a great listen, I realised I was paying more attention to how to publish what I’m writing, rather than actually learning how to write better. At the end of the day, you can have a great marketing plan, but if you don’t have great writing to back it up, then what’s the point?