Saturday, 26 November 2011

Promotion with business cards

 My Moo Cards selection

Writers inevitably have to promote themselves - to agents, publishers, and their (hopefully) adoring readers. There are various techniques for this and I'll discuss some in future posts. However, one of the easy things to do is to get some business cards made.

I decided to try Moo Cards recently. I liked their half-size business cards for their compact appearance, attractiveness and portability, and they can double as small bookmarks so giving them out to people is not as much of a waste as a traditional business card. They have a range of default attractive designs but you can also create your own easily - being a creative type, this is the option that appealed to me! Unfortunately their MOO Green Paper isn't available for the MiniCard size, which made me feel a bit guilty, but I have written to them to ask for this to be an option in future.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Writing tips - structure


When it comes to writing there are various structures that can be followed. A conventional structure is covered on this Writers' Village blog post, How to write a gripping story. Then there is Nigel Watts' 'Eight-Point Arc' which breaks things down further. For another approach consider Randy Ingermanson's 'Snowflake Method'. Any of these can be used either to get started, or to map an existing story or novel against in order to see what the 'shape' of the structure is. One caveat - if everyone followed prescriptive structures then there would not be as much variety in literature, so unless you always want to follow a formula then don't feel you have to consider these for every work.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


As my friends will attest, I like zombies. Zombie films, zombie games, zombie novels, zombie makeup and zombie women. As such I looked forward to reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It is generally described as a zombie romance (zom-rom with hints of com) about a zombie who becomes more self aware as he falls in love, and comes to question aspects of his lifestyle (and that of other zombies). And as with most zombie works, it therefore isn't really about zombies at all. They exist as a mirror held up to contemporary society, a rotting subject matter hiding wider themes which become more visible as the flesh is stripped away.

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