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Author envy, vlogger envy

In my latest vlog, I talk about how sometimes every other author (Hilary Mantel) seems to get all the prizes and awards and shiny things while you’re covered in double baby sick. And how that’s very much like constantly counting your YouTube and web statistics. If you’re

Stephen Hackett's writing setup

The latest edition of my writing setups series comes from Stephen Hackett, writer and founder of the tremendous 512 Pixels blog and podcast, and fellow 70 Decibels gang member. Here he is with a minimal writing machine tale that I can more than relate to. Who are you and what

Writing and publishing is all about teamwork

Stephanie Thwaites, children’s agent at Curtis Brown in the UK, published a lovely post about rejection this week on her blog. It begins: It’s all about rejection. No, not online dating, but publishing: according to an editor I was chatting to last week, it’s an industry

The problem with link posts

Redesigning your website provides an opportunity to take stock and think about what you’re doing. You get to look at what works well and what doesn’t, and assess whether your approach is still appropriate. As you know, I’ve just done all that. And after some highly scientific

Happy birthday, merry Christmas and a look forward to 2011

Well here we are – the final post on Write for Your Life for 2010. It just so happens the site also turned two earlier this week, so this episode seems like a good opportunity to stop, say thank you to all you wonderful people and look ahead at what&

Top blogs for writers that I'm reading right now

The annual top 10 blogs for writers contest is taking place at the moment, which is marvellous, but rather than talk about why you should vote for this blog, I’m going to point you towards three others that I’m currently reading and enjoying tremendously. As I

Why AudioBoo is a terrific tool for writers

AudioBoo has been referred to as an audio version of Twitter. I’d say it’s got quite a long way to go in that regard, but it’s certainly a handy little tool for publishing actual words and sounds with barely any effort at all. Much

Write for Your Life is one year old today!

Well doesn’t time fly, eh? This time last year I finally got round to launching Write for Your Life. It was something I’d talked about for ages, but always put off because I was worried about how much time I could devote to it. And actually,

Jean Hannah Edelstein (part two): traditional media and marketing a book online

Back in May, Write for Your Life spoke to Jean Hannah Edelstein, author of Himglish and Femalese: Why Women Don’t Get Why Men Don’t Get Them, published by Preface, about the research process and putting a book proposal together. Read the first part of the interview

Ignore anyone who tells you to write, write, write!

In my relatively short time in the blogosphere, I’ve come to understand a couple of things. First, most people who blog about writing are passionate about it and, in my experience, very nice cyber-people indeed. Second, things work in cycles. The truth is there are only so many