52 books in 52 weeks: Liz Fielding’s Little Book of Writing Romance

I’ve been a bit busy in recent weeks, mostly catching up on my self-imposed publishing schedule, so I’m a little behind in this. However, I didn’t forget, so …

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 13.

Liz Fielding’s Little Book of Writing Romance is a short read of just over an hour – if you read it straight through.

There are no exercises, as such, but the book does lay out the various steps to take when embarking on writing romance, in an order that’s certainly worth trying.

Throughout the book there are examples illustrating the point(s) just made, mostly from Ms Fielding’s own back catalogue. I confess, I skipped much of these as I was in a hurry to get to the end of the book in my first reading. But personally I think, if I decide to try a romance, I’d probably use this as a write-along guide, alongside a novel within the genre/imprint I’d like to target.

There is useful advice for the beginner writer that the more established may also wish to skip. But, generally, for all levels of writer, it’s a good road-map to follow.

Liz Fielding’s Little Book of Writing Romance is available on Kindle for £3.49 ($4.55) and in paperback for £4.50 ($5.99).

Twee Tales Too on Kindle, 2 new covers and even MORE news

I did say I’ve been busy …

I’m delighted to say that Twee Tales Too is the latest to become available on Kindle. You can buy it here for just £1.99.

I’ve also republished the paperback with a new cover, and I’ve revamped the original Twee Tales with a new cover – so they both match.

The Kindle stores will, however, take up to 72 hours to refresh the covers, but I think they’ll automatically refresh next time you update your Kindle, for those who already have book 1.

I’m waiting for all links to become active, but if you go to my “buy my books” page, the links will all gradually update, and you can see all of the books now available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions.

BUT … it doesn’t stop there.

I’m in the process of publishing Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3 on Kindle,  I’m already collating stories for  Twee Tales Twee (do you see a theme here?), and I’m also  in the process of editing Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 4.

Once all of the books are on Kindle, I’ll look at publishing them on multi-ebook format as well.

You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3

In recent days and weeks I’ve been busy publishing books – in paperback and on Kindle. The idea is to get all of my back-catalogue available as books by Diane Wordsworth.

Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits book 3 is the latest to become available and can be found in paperback for £5.99. The Kindle edition will follow shortly.

If you go to my “buy my books” page you can follow the link, and you’ll also see all books currently available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions. This one, however, is brand-new.

I’m currently publishing Twee Tales Too on Kindle, and then I’ll be adding Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3 to Kindle too. Once they’re all on Kindle, I’ll look at publishing them all on multi-ebook format as well.

You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

I’ve been busy …

Aside from being very busy publishing books (more on this later), I’ve also been messin’ with the website.

I was in two minds whether or not to keep it as I didn’t think I could update it at all once it had been set. But today I started to play, and I discovered that I could, in fact, give it a bit of a facelift.

So this is what I’ve been busy doing today.

Please bob a long, if you have time. Have a nosy and give it a like. The link is on the picture.

Thank you!

52 books in 52 weeks: Bird by Bird

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 12.

What can I say about Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott?

I’ve seen this book raved over by writers far and wide, and by some with whom I’ve been friends for a long time and whose opinions I trust.

And so I waited and waited for the book to be released on Kindle … and it never was. In the end I asked for the paperback as a birthday present.

It’s a lovely little book. It sums up exactly what the life of a writer is truly like – or at least many writers I know (including yours truly). Granted, we aren’t all single parents, or battling depression or substance addiction. But the rest of it?

I literally laughed out loud at some of the asides the author made, while others made me pause for thought.

The author does indulge in stories of her own depression and she comes across as quite religious, so if either of these things are likely to turn you off, then walk away. This seems to be the main gripe with other negative reviews. Otherwise, it’s a nice little read.

There are no exercises. This is not a how-to-write book. It’s an insight into the life of a writer. And this book will be staying on my bookshelf, and not just because it was a birthday gift. It’s a nice, feel-good book to pick up and re-read as and when the urge arises.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is only available in paperback for a slightly pricey £15.59 (or $6.77).

52 books in 52 weeks: Just Write That Book Already

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 11.

Just Write That Book Already: learn how to avoid distractions, create a writing schedule, and organize your ideas so you can get started on your book today by Joy Farrington, doesn’t, I feel, quite live up to the promise of that zippy, snappy subtitle.

It’s a short read, taking me just under two hours, and there are a couple of nuggets in there – such as the WRITE technique and Writing Milestones. But that, unfortunately, is it.

It blows a lot of hot air under the guise of giving practical advice without actually giving any. The content is quite clearly a mish-mash of articles, transcriptions and notes that have simply been lumped together. Then it’s topped and tailed with testimonials and a transcription of a webinar or teleconference that pad it all out nicely, thank you very much.

The grammar leaves a lot to be desired, as does the layout/formatting – although I read the Kindle version, so the paperback may be better laid out. It’s the layout that gave the idea that it’s a load of old stuff glued together to make a book-length product.

There are no exercises (though there are one or two very short worksheets), there is no practical advice as such. It’s a quick way for the author to make a quick buck.

Just Write That Book Already: learn how to avoid distractions, create a writing schedule, and organize your ideas so you can get started on your book today by Joy Farrington is available on Kindle for £4.78 (or $5.93) and in paperback for £12.23 (or $11.00).

Two more books available

I’ve not been idle this past week, in fact I’ve been very busy republishing and re-branding two old ones.

Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits books 1 & 2 were previously published “by Diane Parkin”. Now they’re both available “by Diane Wordsworth” in paperback (£5.99) and on Kindle (£2.99).

If you go to my “buy my books” page, you can follow the links to either the paperback or the Kindle, and you’ll also see all books currently available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions.

Next on the to-do list is to publish Twee Tales Too on Kindle. You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Out now! Diary of a Scaredy Cat

Some of you have been waiting for this … and today’s the day you can finally get hold of Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer.

The writer’s guide, with exercises, is available in paperback, for £5.99, and on Kindle, for £2.99. Overseas markets will follow in a few days. Retail outlets will take a little longer.

But UK readers can order a copy right now!

Diane Wordsworth was struggling to get back into the swing of being a full-time freelance writer. She’d done it very well in the past, thank you very much. But years of editing books for various publishers had taken her out of the discipline of the freelance writing world and she needed to get back in.

When she met her future husband in 2013, he very quickly encouraged her to gradually do more of her own work while he supported her as best he could.

This is Diane’s account of that first year as she tried to get back onto the writing ladder. It was written as part of her blog, Tales from Baggins Bottom. But this anthology includes 165 practical writing exercises not previously published.

See more books by Diane Wordsworth here.

52 books in 52 weeks: Writing for Magazines – the essential guide

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 10.

Writing for Magazines – the essential guide by Diana Cambridge is, I feel, punching above its weight calling itself an essential guide.

Granted, there’s some useful information, but – in my opinion – there are better guides out there, including two of the author’s own: How to Write for Magazines – in one weekend and How to Write Travel Articles – in one weekend.

This essential guide actually reads more like a lecturer’s notes. I can imagine someone standing at the front of a room reciting much of the information, much of which is available in many, many other places too. There is no opportunity to pause and reflect; no opportunity to try out what the reader has just learned.

Ten chapters cover the basics of writing for magazines without actually giving much practical advice, and then the final section is a FAQ section that could have been lifted from several of the author’s help columns in a writing magazine.

If you want good, practical, write-along exercises that get you actually writing for magazines, then choose one of the author’s other books – it’s a pity that neither has been recently updated or included as an ebook. But if you just want to have a read, and then put it down and move on to the next one, it might be useful to you.

Writing for Magazines – the essential guide by Diana Cambridge is available on Kindle for £4.64 (or $5.81) and in paperback for £9.99 (or $12.58).

Update

March has been a bit busy … apologies for going AWOL. Nothing has been wrong, all is well. I’ve just been really, really busy.

The month began with the tail end of an editing job finally delivered on 7 March.  It was followed almost immediately with two new editing jobs from lovely-already-boss, and a proofreading job.

The first of those editing jobs has been completed this morning and sent to the author for review (and, actually, acknowledged just this instant by said author).

Fortunately, there’s no mad rush on the other editing job, so I can whizz through the proofreading job during what’s left of this week.

Editing job #3 (for the month) will also be started later this week.

In between all of that, I started planning work on a new novel, The Fool. And in between that, I’ve tried to keep on top of the 52 books in 52 weeks writers’ guides reviews. We’re currently in week 13, though, and I’m just finishing book 10, so I still have some catching up to do there. Priority goes as usual to the paid jobs and writing work of my own.

The other major job I’ve been working away at has been finalising Diary of a Scaredy Cat. It’s taken me a few attempts to get the font size right and then to remember to put the title fonts back in and make sure all new chapters start on a facing page and update the contents page … But I think it’s there now … it has to be, as I want it released by the end of this week. So yeah, I also published a book.

The word-count meter hasn’t gone up much this month, but I still have a few days left to add to the total. That will all be more planning work on The Fool now, as I take a breather from publishing.

I had a birthday at the beginning of the month too, and one of the poet’s gifts was a lap desk, so I can work in the conservatory when it’s nice in there, or in the living room when it’s too cold at my desk. The picture is in the conservatory, and the books are for The Fool, as well as Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, another birthday present from the poet.

So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. I hope you didn’t miss me too much, and do please come back later this week for further Scaredy Cat news!