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Why You Won’t Find Fifty Shades in ‘Dichotomy’

On April 11, publishing journalist Danuta Kean posted up an article ‘How to write a bestseller’ at which point I became involved in a conversation with her on twitter.  But, … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 20 Comments

Why I Stopped Reading on Page 15

This is refers to a specific novel and I am not going to name it.  Truth be told, by page 15 the actual prose element clocked in at about two … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 33 Comments


Please.  Indulge me for a moment.  I’d like to tell you a story. A couple of years ago I met up with someone who’d been a school friend; someone I … Continue reading

February 6, 2011 · 6 Comments

Courting controversy? Are serial killers now a cliché in crime fiction?

It's bothered me for a while.  And when those delightful people at HarperCollins asked me for a guest blog for their Killer Reads site I felt the need to pose the … Continue reading

October 28, 2010 · 6 Comments

Book Posts Coming Up

I was pleased that I caught up with a couple of book blog posts earlier today.  Also, I hope to get these out, in order, before we break for the festive holidays: … Continue reading

December 8, 2009

Bloggers Must Disclose Payments for Reviews

From December 1,this rule from the Federal Trade Commission in the US applies.  The New York Times reports: '…The Federal Trade Commission will require bloggers to clearly disclose any freebies … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · 2 Comments

GUEST BLOG: Why Crime Fiction Always Sells

Today, It's a Crime! welcomes Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of forensic scientist schools.  In the following article she considers why crime fiction always sells.  Over to … Continue reading

October 3, 2009

Time to Ditch the Subtitles?

In Monday's Guardian Robert McCrum wrote an article expressing the thought that nervous publishers ought to ditch book subtitles.  One example cited was John Carey's recent work on William Golding, … Continue reading

September 22, 2009 · 2 Comments

PR fails & how to lose customers

And while on the topic of Allison & Busby, Chiara Priorelli, Publicity Manager recently put up a blog post about PR disasters linking to this article on Top ten online … Continue reading

September 3, 2009 · 2 Comments

Innovative ways to sell and market books.

Earlier today, a blog post appeared on The Bookseller's website about The Curzon Group's launch into 'red-eye' promotions at UK airports.  After Richard Jay Parker's launch party on Thursday evening … Continue reading

August 18, 2009 · 4 Comments