SYNOPSIS–How to write a KILLER Synopsis

Today I finalized a KILLER synopsis for my crime novel, SAYONARA guaranteed to get attention from editors, agents or publishers. The synopsis is the most crucial part of my submission package and needs to be developed, sweated over and polished with the same attention as to my novel. The synopsis is the sequential summary […]

COMPETITION RESULTS– Winner of SAYONARA’s Competition

I’m flabbergasted by the amount of entries, flooded in from around the world, begging to have their chosen name engraved forever in SAYONARA, my crime faction novel.

Names suggestions for Josie’s side-kick range from Japanese and Syrian warriors, to crime sleuths, kiss-ass women and modern edgy names.

I congratulate you all for your enthusiasm, […]

Competition: Help me Choose a Character Name

A striking character’s NAME immediately conjures up an identifiable image, one the reader will always remember.

That name should suit the personality and age of the character as well as the era and genre of the story. Remember, a name is the first thing the reader will encounter in the story to help him identify […]

TRUE CRIME FACTION– Say Hello SAYONARA

WRITING a novel is all about developing a killer plot and believable characters to their full potential. Honest feedback and critique can fine-tune your manuscript into something publishable !! …

Konnichiwa! … I’m announcing : SAYONARA is now in the critical final stages, and I’m considering every suggestion that my Beta readers are making.

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The Reporter Newspaper Quizzes my Decision

Christine Rossouw, journalist from The Reporter contacted me over my resignation from Logan Writers festival. How the heck did she get that information?

Ahh! … Then I recalled adding her colleague’s name to the Logan Writer’s contact list at the 2010 writers festival. That journalist has since resigned and her messages forwarded to Christine.

Now […]

One Roller Coaster Week

Last week I reached rock bottom with the Worst News and later climbed the dizzy heights with the BEST News. Such is the roller coaster life of a writer. Last Monday I received an incredulous email from a ‘new’ publisher who had earlier discussed publishing my memoir. She wanted me to pay her $8,800 for […]

Panel of Crime Writers

Logan City Writers are taking on the world … word by word. Next Saturday four Logan Crime Writers will chat on a panel about their inspiration in writing their latest Crime Stories and divulge their secrets on sleuthing.

Four diverse writers will thrill you with their unique way of serving up crime …

Panel […]

FUNDED! Logan Writers Week

YAY! Logan City Council will now fund Logan Writers Week, 11th to 16th of October. Which means I can pay for newspaper advertising, Guest speaker Doctor David Reiter of Interactive Publications, 14 Logan writers and 3 illustrators … and the other costs involved in organising a writers festival.

In April, I applied for an Arts […]

Left Brain, Right Brain

In a former life, I slaved as a teacher, a radiographer and a bank Johnny. Very left-brain ho-hum.

I now exercise my right brain, writing stories, living out fantasies through my characters. Some days, I’m Josh – Super Space Kid capturing space monsters and saving the Galaxy – in my kids Sci-Fi novel, Josh and […]

Sayonara’s Final Shoot Out

Sayonara is loaded-up, raring to be sent out to its Final Shoot Out .

For the last three months, I’ve pushed Sayonara through a rigorous checking process.

After its completion in December 2009, I proofread the entire manuscript, checking the plot against the detailed […]