I thought my readers would be interested in the various covers I designed and rejected before deciding on the final cover for my novel A Young Man's Game. I knew from the beginning I wouldn't be able to afford for someone to design me a cover. As part of the competition I entered, I knew… Continue reading The Evolution of a Book Cover
A big thank you to my friends at https://www.facebook.com/YNSPrint/ for this mug. So cool. I love it. I can't wait to use it. You can order yourself one - or they can use any image you want (I'm not sure why you'd want to though - my cover is the best you can get ) on mugs and… Continue reading A Young Man’s Game Mug and More.
I am pleased to announce my novel A Young Man's Game is now for sale. You can buy it in paperback or ebook formats at Amazon - author.to/PaulBlakeAmazon I hope you enjoy the story, and as with my short stories, I would love to hear what you think of it and read your reviews on Amazon… Continue reading A Young Man’s Game – Out Now.
Via http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/titles.shtml This is a really good article about choosing the right title for your stories. It is from the excellent writers' resource - Writing World.com. I found this very useful when thinking about a title for my upcoming novel A Young Man's Game. I hope you find it just as useful. Choosing the Right Name for… Continue reading Choosing the Right Name for Your Story
While writing my book I had one eye on the end goal - getting people to read it. I read countless articles and tweets about the problem. My book is going to be semi-self-published. I was lucky enough to see a competition being run by my local Council through their libraries, you submit an opening… Continue reading World Book Day
Via https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/03/on-conflict I found this article by Nathan Bransford about Conflict in writing really useful when planning my novel. I planned the chapters around the conflicts the character would have, and when writing the story I kept in mind the ethos of this piece. Nathan's book How to Write a Novel is a great resource that… Continue reading Conflict
Via http://davidmorrell.net/on-writing/writing-advice/ I have submitted the completed manuscript of my novel: A Young Man's Game and I thought I'd share an article by the amazing David Morrell (One of my favourite writers) that really helped me in the initial planning stages. If you're going to write a thriller novel you should really learn from the best.… Continue reading Five Rules for Writing Thrillers
via Writing the Ending for a Short Story I found this article while looking for advice to give a fellow writer. I thought it was really good so I thought I'd re-blog it (my first re-blog!) It doesn't look like the blog has been updated in a long while, which seems a shame as from… Continue reading Writing the End for a Short Story
I apologise for the gap in posting. I have been working on a few things. One of these is the publishing of two of my short stories in a collection on Amazon. The collection is called Love In The Mind and contains two new stories - both are previously unpublished: Don't You Forget (About Me): Isabelle… Continue reading Short Story Collection Published!
I had planned a different topic for my second blog post, however, I had some amazing news. A month or so ago I entered the Pen to Print Book Challenge through the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham - LBBD Book Challenge Finalists would win a publishing package and individual support from a mentor to… Continue reading Pen to Print / The Book Challenge