The YA Book Prize (UK)


Good morning, everyone!! Were you aware that it’s contest time!?

I have recently received a notification from The Bookseller (a website I definitely recommend to all bookworms) about a wonderful new contest that is in the works. I know the announcement comes a little bit late, but I didn’t get it myself until a few days ago! And if you have some interesting YA draft hanging somewhere, this could be your chance to showcase it 🙂

Want to know the bases and how to enter? Please do go on reading!

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Marketing for Writers: Google Analytics


It is often said that, nowadays, it’s not enough being just an author: you also have to be a marketeer. Traditional publishing houses take into account how many followers you have on your Facebook page and Twitter account before giving you an offer, and self-publishing relies entirely on how much work you’re willing to put in in order to promote your novel. One thing is certain: the ideal of the bohemian writer who spends their whole lives devoted to their craft, leaving the less savoury aspects of the business to their agents, is long gone.

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I Won NaNoWriMo!!


Two months ago, I asked you for ideas to write a NaNoWriMo novel. And you delivered! Here are some of the ideas you gave me. I’d like to thank  Barb Knowles, 10000hoursleft, Deborah O’Carrol, Vinnieh, Zhyxthenovel, Hbhatnagar, Mreadsbooks, Ehbates, Bookishgirl129, and Nandini Bharadwaj for their help! 🙂

But this is just the beginning! What’s next, then!?

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NaNoWriMo Progress!


Good morning, my lovely bookaholics! As you can see, I am working very hard into my NaNoWriMo novel! Today’s post is a short one, just to let you know how I’m doing at day 10, which is a third of the way into the whole project. As you can see, I have passed the 20,000 mark! Yay me! But these past few days I have been exhausted and couldn’t write that much… hopefully I’ll energise over the weekend and will be able to regain the rhythm I started with!

And remember—soon enough I will be doing the Title Reveal, Cover Reveal, and maybe I will even be showing the main characters, as drawn by Hellyon White! And around December, when the work is done and the editing is finished, this book will be available as an e-book for free!

I have also created a Facebook page to keep you all updated with everything that happens in my blog 🙂 you can follow it by clicking here.

Cartography Software for Fantasy Writers


This is not a sponsored post.

Happy Saturday, my lovely bookaholics! As you know, earlier this month I started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, which means I have to write a novel at least 50.000 words long before the month ends. And, as I mentioned in my latest post, I don’t want to do a half-hearted job: a tremendous artist, Hellyon White, is designing the cover and the character’s portraits, and I have started drawing a map for the story.

And this is what I want to tell you about right now: the map.How is a writer with no drawing skills whatsoever undertaking so big a project?

Well, let me tell you how I’m doing it.

Let me tell you about Ortelius.

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Growing Up as a Fantasy Writer


Today’s post is a little bit long and personal, but please bear with me. Please…?

I am a fantasy writer. I always have been. Other than short stories, I have never written a single piece that didn’t involve swords and sorcery, heroes and villains, and a bookload of ridiculously epic scenes. Right now I’m juggling three projects, one of which I intend to make public fairly soon, and they are all fantasy.

It would be clichĂ© to say that I haven’t always been like this—and a lie. Because, the truth is, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t fascinated with the idea of creating new worlds and populating them with people and creatures arising from my imagination.

So how did I become this kind of person? What went wrong!?

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Creative Writing Advice in 140 Characters

We all want it. We all need it. Getting very prolific, very successful authors to share their wisdom with us, the average writers, is something we desperately need. This wisdom, however, is often shared in the form of very long books and articles, which usually take up a lot of our time. And since I know that not everyone can afford that, here is a compilation of creative writing advice by famous authors—in tweet format!

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