I just wanted to get this off my chest.
If you want to separate clauses in a sentence, received wisdom, grammarians, and most style guides, recommend using an em-dash which abuts the last word of the first clause and the first word of the second, as in, “When Todd offered him another nip—this was around two o’clock—Tom […]
I have a terrible confession to make. Although I am a science fiction writer, for many years now, I have been secretly writing crime stories.
Let me give you a moment to pick yourself up off the floor – and for my furious blushing to subside.
I didn’t mean to do it. I was living […]
Yes, it’s that time of year again. You know, that time when I take a look back at the past year and try to see whether I’m making any progress.
It’s not easy. Each year seems pretty much like the one before. But it has been seven full years since I started taking publishing seriously […]
The long-promised Canta Libre trilogy is about to begin. There are three books in the set (well, duh!); Emissaries, Supplicants, and Warriors and I have just received the cover design for the first book, Emissaries.
Now, I want you to look at this lovely image and just imagine all the sci-fi goodness it promises. Isn’t […]
Just when I’d decided to push a boulder across the front of my cave and have nothing more to do with the world of book promotion, those nice people who manage the Aurealis Awards stuck their collective foot in the door and shortlisted my book, Foresight, for Best Science Fiction Novel. Now I’ve got people congratulating […]
The Sentience Machine is a fast-paced science fiction thriller and number two in the Rik Sylver series. It goes on sale on Feb 2 at all your favourite online book shops. But before that happens, let me show you what it will look like.
You may be interested to know that this is the […]
Like most writers, I often wonder about the efficacy of good cover design. From all directions, I hear the assertion that good covers sell books and bad covers cost sales. Yet I have never seen any real evidence to support this belief (a scientific study, for example), just anecdotes and more assertions. Clearly, to some, […]
4th May is traditionally when I take stock of my writing career to date, looking back to 2008, which I consider the first year of me taking writing seriously as a career option, and trying to decide how I’m doing.
In the past year, huge things have happened. Not least of these was that I […]
Feeling giddy with accomplishment. I finally managed to get Cargo Cult past the Smashwords “autovetter”. This delightful piece of software (which used to be more accurately called the “meat grinder” I believe) is one of the most finicky gatekeepers in the whole of publishing. In the past, I have failed utterly. I still have one […]
Next month, on All Fools Day, I am releasing my latest novel, Cargo Cult. It’s a sci-fi comedy, so I have no idea how it might be received – comedy is such a personal thing – but everyone who has read it so far, has loved it – including people who are not directly related […]