Self-publishing A Beautiful Family: Lessons learned

Self-publishing A Beautiful Family: Lessons learned

- Marilyn Cohen de Villiers I started my self-publishing/indie publishing journey about nine months ago. That was about the time I made the decision to stop thinking about self-publishing and actually do something about it. It’s been a rollercoaster ride since then – fantastic highs and excitement, followed by periods of self-doubt and enormous frustration. … Continue reading

Writing workshop Monday 8 September

Writing workshop Monday 8 September

Invitation to the September 2014 Writing Workshop in Johannesburg Publishing, old and new – and a fresh-out-of-the-box writing exercise You’ve written what you’re convinced is a knock-out novel. Now you face a particularly modern choice: either spend months or years tracking down a publisher willing to put their money where your mouth was… or publish … Continue reading

Lies, damned lies

Originally posted on mandycollinswriter:
I’ve never been a huge fan of neurolinguistic programming (NLP). Apart from the fact that it’s been shown to be pseudoscience, it always felt fake to me, certainly in the form it was preached: standing in front of a mirror and repeating things until you believed them. I’m just too cynical for…

Monday Motivation: A master of obliquity

Monday Motivation: A master of obliquity

- Richard Beynon Restraint, we say, is the writer’s best friend. Show, we say, don’t tell. Avoid explanations. Describe the smoke, and let your reader infer the fire. There are a hundred pieces of advice of that nature that writers regularly get given. But it’s sometimes difficult to decide precisely what they mean. What is … Continue reading

Invitation: Creative Writing Weekend

Invitation: Creative Writing Weekend

  Allaboutwriting and  Old Joe’s Kaia Invite you to join them for a creative writing weekend, 10 to 12 October THE KEYS TO CREATIVE WRITING  Discover what lies at the foundation of successful stories. Novelist Jo-Anne Richards and script writer Richard Beynon will lead participants through a series of writing exercises designed to expand creativity and … Continue reading

The changing face of self-publishing

The changing face of self-publishing

The message that came through loud and clear at our August workshop, is that the face of publishing is changing – has already changed, in fact – and a number of allied sectors have yet to catch up. Our monthly workshop played host to Porcupine Press – a publishing company that assists authors who want to self-publish … Continue reading