Perspective and Inspiration
What makes a great book isn’t always what you might expect. In fact, it’s usually a story that you don’t expect. We read to escape, discover, and learn, but if...Read more
Choosing Your Genre
I can’t think of worse advice for an author trying to create a career, than, “Write what you love to read.” The problem is that, while writers love to read,...Read more
9 Reasons why it’s a good idea to write the ending first!
Writing the ending of a story first, is not an uncommon habit. In fact, for many years, I thought I was the only writer doing it. It wasn’t until I...Read more
A discussion with my Mum about, The Night Birds
Today, I had the opportunity to sit with Avril Swanson, to talk about my book, The Night Birds. Avril is my mother, and she is portrayed as a character in...Read more
It is just as important to be noticed, as it is to be remembered: the value of a great cover!
Would you rather read a great book with a lousy cover, or a lousy book with an incredible cover? This is not a choice that buyers face. Readers have tens...Read more
Book Expo America and Book Con 2019
Being hosted by Lulu Publishing once again for the incredible Book Expo America and Book Con, was a dream. No wait, it was better than a dream! It was a...Read more
Guinness World Records challenge
Background, by Candy Mellor As old as time itself comes the tale of the Underdog, the little guy, the ‘George and Lennie’ of their generation, fighting for headroom in the...Read more
The Australian adaptation of Online Marketing for Busy Authors, by Fauzia Burke is now available!
The Australian adaptation of Online Marketing for Busy Authors is now available!Read more
When I write, I give my all: attending Book Con and Book Expo America
In 2016, I attended the Book Expo America, also known as the BEA, after a company called America Star Books approached me to showcase 'I'm Not Scared of Spiders', which...Read more
From author to publisher: a Lulu blog post & interview
Limelight Publishing was a dream come true for me. And while the process was not easy or simple, the rewards outweigh those memories.Read more
The Amazon Cliff
You should attempt to release a book at least once every three months. This is because of a phenomenon called the Amazon Cliff.Read more
FREEDOM - MAGIC - SIMPLICITY
... it is insanity revealed to us; the secret to a happy life when writing.Read more