When you are published or you self-publish, suddenly there’s your book on Amazon and Goodreads and other places where people can review it. And it’s in the hands of review bloggers who are going to write something longer than a line about it. Every author wants reviews. They think reviews sell books, or indeed that […]Read more "5 Reasons Not To Read Your Reviews"
If you don’t know what I mean by “the dress”, check it out here on Buzzfeed. It’s definitely the most virulent net phenomenon so far this year. The dress actually is blue and black, but in that photograph some people see it that way and some people see it as white and gold. The response […]Read more "Writing, reality, and “the dress”"
We all know there are major menaces on there, trolls and bullies and stalkers. But there are also plenty of things that make you roll your eyes even if they don’t make you reach for the Block button. Here are my current top five. Current because people are always thinking of new ways to annoy […]Read more "The Minor Menaces of Social Media"
A common question from newbies and not so newbies on writing forums is “How do I write this without people getting offended by it?” Sometimes it’s a genuine question, but I think it’s a problematic one all the same. Framed the way it is it implies at least three things. That the people who are […]Read more "On Giving Offence"
We all know by now not to respond to negative reviews. But you’re going to react. So what’s the best way to do so?Read more "How to react to a negative review"