indie publishing

The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the whats, whys, and my own eligibility

This is a special year for New Zealand's speculative fiction awards, the Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) awards. Never heard of the SJVs or Sir Julius Vogel? Fear not, I'm here to meet all your long-winded explanation needs! I only became aware of the SJVs when I started getting into New Zealand's publishing / writing scene,… Continue reading The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the whats, whys, and my own eligibility

Three Stariel books - The Lord of Stariel, The Prince of Secrets, and The Court of Mortals on a white shelf.
indie publishing, Stariel, writing

One year of self-publishing: Highlights

It feels longer than a year. Self-publishing effectively involves starting your own small business - on top of the actual writing and, in many people’s cases, including my own - on top of the full-time day job and general detritus of life administration. Piecing together stolen moments - from lunch hours and evenings and weekends,… Continue reading One year of self-publishing: Highlights

Stariel

Cover Reveal: The Court of Mortals

Alritey folks - after much shilly-shallying, I can finally reveal the cover and blurb for Stariel #3 The Court of Mortals. Once again, the fabulous Jenny Zemanek at Seedlings Design Studio has outdone herself. I love it so, so much! Tiny crowns! Tiny envelopes! Majestic palace!   Marrying your fae prince shouldn’t be this hard. Hetta’s… Continue reading Cover Reveal: The Court of Mortals

The top part of a handwritten page of notes listing a Table of Contents.
writing

Writing hooky beginnings: workshop notes

How do you hook a reader at the start of a book? Slow beginnings are something I feel I'm a bit prone to if I'm not careful (true story: The Lord of Stariel first draft originally had a whole 'nother chapter before Chapter 1 that got cut during rewrites), so I was particularly interested in Sophie Jordan's… Continue reading Writing hooky beginnings: workshop notes

indie publishing, writing

Fantasy Romance vs Romantic Fantasy: Is there a difference between these subgenres?

A bit of preface: I wrote most of this blog post aaaaages ago but never got around to finishing it. However, this week I discovered a new FB reader group called Romantic Fantasy Shelf, which has been set up by a bunch of indie authors and is focused on secondary-world Romantic Fantasy / Fantasy Romance… Continue reading Fantasy Romance vs Romantic Fantasy: Is there a difference between these subgenres?

book design, indie publishing, Stariel

Typesetting Madness

This month I have been typesetting up a storm to get paperback copies of The Lord of Stariel ready for release in November. Typesetting is the process of formatting a book, so called because back in the day it involved physically setting type. I’ve done this the old-fashioned way exactly once in my life, as… Continue reading Typesetting Madness