I’m a celebrity…where are the paps?

“You’re a local celebrity,” my friend emailed me. “Be careful you’ll get papped!”

Turns out one of my press releases had made it into a local paper, the Wimbledon Guardian. And my photo is almost as big as Jason Donovan’s… (more…)

August 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Fiction, Humour, Theatre. 13 comments.

Sounding off

It was terrible. The sound on the video didn’t work, Helen Niland, the director, was telling me after I’d just been to see her latest show Conference Call at the Ecetera Theatre in Camden. Still the night before had been even worse: the sound man hadn’t turned up because he’d had to work late. But with a mixture of downloads and some home-made sounds, the show had gone on. (more…)

July 23, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Fiction, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 2 comments.

It’s getting messy …

“No more rewrites please! … My script is in a terrible mess,” that was the plea from one of the cast after another had asked for some changes. “Just noticed you have changed some lines in the last scene.  I am learning this scene now so I hope this isn’t going to change any more?” That was the plea from the actor who had, er, asked for the changes in the first place. (more…)

July 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 5 comments.

Martini Bond’s big break

I noticed that something had gone into my junk mail box. And I always, I mean ALWAYS, check my junk mail. Because one day there won’t be that spam from Nigeria demanding money because your friend has purportedly been held up at gun-point. No, one day it will be your BIG BREAK. And it will be sitting in your junk mail box, ready for auto-deletion. (more…)

July 2, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 18 comments.

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.

How often should you blog?

How often do you blog? That’s what I would like to know from all my fellow bloggers. Ok, I’ve looked at many blogs – and they range from daily to monthly – and I’ve read the WordPress recommendations, but what do you actually do? (more…)

June 11, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Books, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 29 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.

What happens to old books…

I’ve been taking a break – and while on my hols, I found a bookshop in Granville Island market, Vancouver, Canada. Only it had moved premises. This is what they do with their old books:

Old book cut into paper figure

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June 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 5 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.

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