BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

REVIEWS Writing article number 3 from the archive

Reviewers have probably never been so important. They have always been the life blood of an author’s career, but they are no longer the sole preserve of the ‘professional’, the … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Science fiction gets its own review column

The NEW YORK TIMES will publish a bi-weekly column devoted to book reviews of science fiction and science fantasy. Very good news for authors and readers of a genre that … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

America’s another country: they do things differently there — so don’t make assumptions

I wrote this post on another blog back in 2010 and when I came across it the other day I thought it was still interesting and still relevant. Hope you … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 7 Comments

Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

The Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 23 Comments

Good morning Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz on the coast of California is famous for golden beaches, surfing (they even have a museum dedicated to it) and its liberal social attitudes. Close your eyes and … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers GETTING FEEDBACK

A couple of years ago, a very talented student complained after class that it was hard to find anyone to give feedback on her writing. She wasn’t having a pop … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

DO YOU KNOW the 10 things authors want readers to do?

1. Write an Amazon review. Reviews are a powerful tool that can make a big difference in an author’s sales. Don’t lie. Don’t go crazy about a book you don’t … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ever written a one star Amazon review?

Ever been so riled by a book you just had to let the world know?  Over at The New Yorker writer Bob Odenkirk reckons it’s the best way of making … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 6 Comments