10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Evil Spirits This Halloween

Welcome to another installment of Stuff I Learnt For My Novel - a spooky October special! There is no shortage of ghosts, demons, and evil happenings in history, folklore, and fiction, and at this time of year we're all especially aware of the things that go bump in the night. With that in mind, let's … Continue reading 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Evil Spirits This Halloween

A Writer’s Reference Photos: Crooked Graveyard

I don't usually post photos on this blog, but these wobbly gravestones are very fitting for this spooky month and, more importantly, they fit the aesthetic of my dark fantasy novel. It's funny how sometimes we can stumble on inspiration without meaning too. As an artist I know how valuable a good photo reference is, … Continue reading A Writer’s Reference Photos: Crooked Graveyard

Finding The Perfect Comp Title: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Finding a suitable comp title for my novel has been a slow journey. I expected that. There's this whole process of finding the books and then reading them - and reading them consciously so I actually notice the similarities instead of just, you know, enjoying the book. Case in point, here is the next update … Continue reading Finding The Perfect Comp Title: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Effect Of Splitting A Novel Into Parts

Most books are divided into chapters, but some books are divided into chapters and 'parts.' Some people think breaks like this are arbitrary. These people are wrong. Not so long ago, I decided to split my novel into parts. This might have been partially influenced from the number of books I was reading at the … Continue reading The Effect Of Splitting A Novel Into Parts

article author reading the novel Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky

Finding The Perfect Comp Title: Imaginary Friend By Stephen Chbosky

If you're a writer looking to be traditionally published, you will have heard of comp titles. A comp title or a comparison title can be used to give agents a general idea for what to expect from the book you want to publish. As an aspiring author myself, I have been on a journey to … Continue reading Finding The Perfect Comp Title: Imaginary Friend By Stephen Chbosky

Irish Púca Divides Town – Stuff I Found Out While Researching My Novel

Writing fantasy gives the opportunity to draw inspiration from folklore and history around the world. While European lore has taken over the fantasy genre, thanks to the popularity of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, there is still a lot it has to offer - and personally I have found inspiration from the Irish Púca.

Finding The Perfect Comp Title: The Stolen By Bishop O’Connell

When querying a book, it's often vital for two or more comparison titles to be included in the pitch. Comparison or comp titles are books that are similar to the one being queried. They're a way to help an agent or publisher picture the concept, tone, and market, transforming that coddled manuscript into a commercial product.