Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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Why Key is going now

Executive Summary 1: There’s a crash coming. Executive Summary 2: Poisoned chalice, anyone? Whatever you might think of John Key and his performance as Prime Minister, there’s one quality he…

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Lee Child on writing and research

A while back I asked Lee Child a question. Not in person, but via a Goodreads author promotion, and he was gracious enough to give a detailed reply. I suspect…

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My Dad

My father died seven years ago today. A few weeks ago, a friend recalled the eulogy I read out at his funeral, an interesting tale of odd interconnections. Here, very…

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Nanowrimo. It’s over!

I finished Nanowrimo this morning with a count of 50,485 words in 30 days. I like to keep a record of these things, so for the record it took me…

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NaNoWriMo – The final assessment

I’ve just spent the last two days reading through the 80,000 word novel I wrote in six-and-half weeks last year. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I started with a blank screen and…

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NaNoWriMo: +16 – The real finish line

As I mentioned last month, I only managed 50,503 words in November. That was enough to “win” NaNoWriMo, but it was only about two-thirds of the novel that began to…

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NaNoWriMo: Day 30 – The finish line

I made it! As you can see from the glorious graphic, I’m officially a NaNoWriMo “winner” – along with 42,008 other winners who took part this year. How does it…

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NaNoWriMo: Day 23 – Progress report

Barring major accident or illness, I’m pretty confident about completing NaNoWriMo now. But not the novel! It feels like I’m only halfway through that so I’m seriously considering continuing this…

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NaNoWriMo: Day 15 – Past the halfway point

The novel’s still ticking along nicely. Each day, with no planning at all, more of the plot and characters emerge. It’s actually fun! But I’m being careful to avoid going…

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