How to get published (and some free writers’ resources)

Whether you’ve been trying to find a publisher for a while, you’re trying to publish your own book, or you just fancy giving a single poetry submission a go – the question stands: What can I do to stand a better chance of getting published? There are LOTS of routes to getting published from digital-only…

6 Books that should be on your Christmas List this Year

I can’t be the only person whose Christmas list is quite often just a huge list of books? Admittedly I have a bit of a problem, in that my house is stuffed full with books. In fact, stack them up around the walls and I could very well brick up the house with them. But…

Lest We Forget – ‘It Isn’t Yet Winter’, by Caroline Hardaker

Bit of a bonus blog today – I’m breaking the one a month rule! I wanted to share a poem of mine that’s recently been included in the ‘The Sorrow’ issue of The Linnet’s Wings magazine. It’s an issue dedicated to today’s centenary – 100 years since the guns were silenced. I wrote ‘It isn’t…

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Most of us have felt it. It might be when we’re starting something new, or when we finally find our feet – and then we falter. It’s the curse of the creative, and the sickness of innovation. But what is imposter syndrome? Basically, it can be summed up by the mental mantra: “I am a…

A day in the life of a writer

Life’s been pretty chaotic lately, for lots of reasons. Stressful on a lot of levels. It’s made me stop to really look at everything I’ve got going on – and you know what, it’s a lot! All good stuff, but I have a habit of putting myself through the ringer more than I should. So,…

Writing and Editing the Third Draft of Your Novel

So, you’re writing a novel, eh? Well that’s a humdinger. Quite the doozy you’ve got there. But think about it – by this point you’ve scrawled out your soul during the first draft, you’ve fallen into a brief convalescence-coma, and then you bravely set out to write and edit the second draft of your novel….

Spotlight on Mother’s Milk Publishing & Review of Poetry Pamphlets

In the early days, when I was on the lookout for small presses and indie publishers to submit to, Mother’s Milk Books stood out time and time again as a press with promise. It intrigued me, pulling at my respect for businesses and ventures with a real philosophy that’s held true to their heart. Over…

5 Best Free Resources for Writers

Trying to write but need some inspiration? Or perhaps you’ve written something incredible but there’s one sticky paragraph you just can’t get right? Behold – 5 best free resources for writers to solve all (or at least most) of your writing woes. I write for a living all day, every day, and though the internet…

What is a Poetry Pamphlet or Chapbook?

What is a Poetry Pamphlet or Chapbook? A rare thing happened yesterday. I’d spent the afternoon writing, and then doing the obligatory cleaning to make my house look less like a pigsty. Between chores and our evening meal I had a spare hour, and I sat in our old rocking chair by the glass doors…