Awards ceremonies: And the best newcomer is…

There is some debate about the merit of awards for fellow bloggers. But for us newbies, they are a great way of helping your blog reach those parts – or people – that, well, your blog isn’t reaching yet. As well as giving you something to write about. OK, I’ve got lots of things to write about, such as where to buy a meerkat toy (that’s a toy that looks like a meerkat, not a toy for a meerkat…we need it for a prop), but I’ve also found quite a few new blogs so I thought well, why not? (more…)

June 18, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Books, Comedy, Comedy writing, Publishing. 13 comments.

Guide to self-publishing

I wasn’t necessarily going to blog today but then I saw this: A 10-step guide to becoming a self-publishing ebook star in the Guardian newspaper.

Worth a read. But here’s the speed read if you have no time:

Be your own editor/designer/marketeer.

Work hard.

Have your own website (although the other day I read that websites were old news, what you need is a blog and Facebook…)

Preferably write romance – these authors sell 170% more than their peers.

Check out Copyblogger.

Oh, and have lots of luck. (more…)

June 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Books, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 9 comments.

I’m on a roller coaster and it’s too late to get off

“I liken the lights going down as the play begins for the first time to being strapped into a roller coaster and just as it hits the first hill remembering that I hate roller coasters, but it’s too late to get off the ride.” I felt sick again. (more…)

May 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 4 comments.

What makes you buy a book?

What makes you buy a book? I thought this was a simple enough question. The cover! It’s colours! The title! It’s colours…The blurb. It’s colours…Duh! The text is usually black.

Ok, the first chapter! Who doesn’t stand in the book shop and read? The ones with cafes are great. You can finish the novel and quietly put it back on the shelf. They used to be called libraries. Some of them are still called book shops – if you’re lucky enough to have one of those in your town. (more…)

May 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 19 comments.

More shades of grey areas

Have you considered publishing your blog as a book? This is not something that had crossed my mind until now. This is a route that blogger/marketeer Seth Godin has taken. He regularly publishes content from his website in book form. People apparently want web content for free but are willing to pay for the same content in books.  (more…)

May 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 10 comments.

Empty nest syndrome

I’m at a loose end. The first readthrough with the entire cast and director went extremely well on Saturday. “You’ve sharpened up the script,” they said. They could only pick out one groan gag which I need to freshen up and add in a couple more gags elsewhere. Hahaha (me laughing at my own jokes), or was it more hehehair (evil Bond villain laugh).

Then I said: “So when do you want the final script by?” The response was not what I was expecting. (more…)

May 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 11 comments.

Find your voice

At last, I’m getting close to a final draft of my play Martini Bond. Thought I was there a few weeks ago but it transpired I was nowhere near the final chapter. This has been a long haul. Five months, five drafts and counting. But a writer/colleague reminded me that that was nothing. It can take him years to write a book – the research, the rewrites, the rejections… The hardest thing for me has been the comedy: the laughs, the cries (of the jokes are so bad) and the puns (they’ve had to go). (more…)

May 9, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 11 comments.

Writing lines

I’ve visited a very interesting blog, 4am writer, where there is a writing exercise that bloggers are taking part in. I loved it so much I wanted to join in. The rules on 4am writer’s website are as follows: Open your novel-in-progress at page 77, go to line 7 and copy the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraphs as they are written. Oh, and then tag 7 new writers. The problem for me is that my play-in-progress is only 41 pages. So I thought perhaps I could do 50-50. Halve 77, roughly page 38, go to line 3 or 4, write the next few lines. (more…)

May 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 7 comments.

Stage fright

So everything’s starting to come together. The script is reaching its final stages…and I’m finding this the most nerve-wracking time in the process. I’ve taken on board most of what my script editor had to say. I’ve taken on board what the actors had to say and I’ve taken on board what joke writer Judy Walker, a former Sun newspaper cartoonist, also had to say. Even the bit about never wanting to see the script again… (more…)

April 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 4 comments.

Vote for your favourite Martini Bond cartoon

I’ve asked cartoonist Judy Walker to produce an image for the cover of the book Martini Bond, which I hope to self-publish. We thought it might be fun – and helpful – to run a vote on which cartoon you all like best. The one that stands out, catches your eye, makes you want to buy the book! Please take part in this short poll.

Martini Bond with gunMartini Bond without gunMartini Bond brunette hair

April 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. Leave a comment.

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