Writing & Reading… (part 2)

Okay… I know this is meant to be a blog post series about how my Reading over the years got me in to writing, but I’m going to HAVE to take a little detour into a whole different world of story-telling. So stay with me on this one. Because as I hit my 30’s something…

Writing & Reading… (part 1)

When Jon was a little boy, he got a passion for reading. Then the passion became an obsession. I don’t remember exactly where it started, or when, but I can put my finger on a number of very defining moments in my life as a reader. It started with a comic book… In 1982, I…

Character counts… Right?

So, I’d been wondering what to write about this week and then struck pay-dirt when I was having a conversation with a very good Twitter friend. How do you go about creating characters for your book? Personal Preference Disclaimer! So, let me first stress emphatically that this is purely my own personal preference for how…

Querying! Ugh!

So… You’re trying to find an Agent?I feel your pain! The road to writing and publishing a book seems so clear when you start out. There’s kind of a road map to get you from point A to point B and so on… at least there is at first. Problem is that map becomes more…

Imposter Syndrome

The scariest bit about being a writer – for me at least – is the neuroses it brings out in me. So here it is, the dirty truth laid bare… I don’t believe I’m very good at anything. Truly, I don’t. I have a deep rooted envy of people who brim with self-confidence. The kind…

See ya 2019! Howdy 2020!

My aim for these Blog Posts is two fold. Let me explain… I’m writing this Blog in order to track my progress from unpublished to (hopefully) published. Mostly so I can look back on my achievements later on, but also to provide a kind of route map for any other amateurs out there pursuing the…

My Little Christmas Present… To YOU!

It’s December the 24th – Christmas Eve to the uninitiated – and I’m getting ready for bed and a Christmas Day filled with gifts, friends, laughter, games and more food that I can possibly fit in my fat belly… though I’ll try! After that it’s a mere hop, skip and a jump to New Year….

What to do with MS feedback?

So, I’d thought that I could get ‘Songbird’ book 1 ‘Hunters’ as finished as I could… but some feedback I got this morning made me think… First a little backstory… I’ve been working on my manuscript for ‘Hunters’ for a while now. To demonstrate that, here’s a picture of my file folder. When I started…

My Twitter Confusion?!

How the heck does this Twitter thing work? So, I’ve been on Twitter for years, following a few friends and some celebs I was interested in. Not that I used it a whole lot, Instagram seems to be the place for following the Hollywood elite these days. Recently though, I decided I need to take…