Author: Bookshop Bistro

  • 5 Mistakes Authors Make When Submitting to Publishers

    5 Mistakes Authors Make When Submitting to Publishers

    If you’re looking to submit to a publisher, you’ll want to know the five most common mistakes authors make when submitting and our tips on how to avoid them. We’ve got a special episode of Mirror World News on this very topic so I’ll just leave that at the bottom of this blog post for you! […]

  • Author Interview: Maria Gibbs

    Author Interview: Maria Gibbs

    Maria Gibbs is the author the romantic novellas, A Lifetime or a Season and As Dreams are Made On.  See my review for the latter here.  She’s currently working on a number of pieces, as she’ll discuss below.   What inspires you to write?  Do you find that certain moods/states of mind drive you to write […]

  • Little League Nightmare

    Little League Nightmare

    Growing up 12 miles from Fenway baseball was a very big deal in Lexington and I was determined to give it my best shot. Opening day was a major event with a parade through the center of town and players from all the teams lining both baselines (think opening day at Fenway for all its […]

  • What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a name? Unless an author writes science fiction set on another planet, or fantasy in a fantasy world, he has to set his story in places and countries on earth. I once read a novel by a well known writer; unlike his other books set firmly in cities we knew, it was a […]

  • How to Get Rid of Subvocalization When Reading

    How to Get Rid of Subvocalization When Reading

    Speed reading is one of the most beneficial things you can master in today’s busy world. Just imagine the perspectives that it would open to you! By processing 2x, 3x or even 5x more information, you would move to another, much higher professional level. In the lines below, I want to share with you essential […]

  • YA FANTASY: Marking Time – April White

    YA FANTASY: Marking Time – April White

    Seventeen year old Saira Elian’s mother has gone missing – again.  But this time, she doesn’t come back and Saira has to go looking for her.  It’s during this time that she learns about the Immortals: Time, Fate, Death, Nature, and War and about their descendants.  She discovers that she is actually a Descendant of […]

  • How to create effective marketing materials

    How to create effective marketing materials

    It makes no difference what the style of marketing is or what the vehicle is. Effective marketing must include some key ingredients or it’s a waste of time and money. First, what is marketing? In laymans language: it’s any message of any kind that you’re hoping to get a result out of. It doesn’t matter if it’s […]

  • FICTION: Fall Guy – Janet Gogerty

    FICTION: Fall Guy – Janet Gogerty

    This time I was determined to get to the end of the book. Last time I was out by chapter three, without my name even being mentioned. Then there was the time I was the lead character in the sub plot, all was going well until the editing stage… The clothes were uncomfortable, it was […]

  • Sandscript in Manuscript

    Sandscript in Manuscript

    When we stayed for a week in a cottage in a secluded cove last year, I was glad to discover there was no reception for mobile phones, nor was there a landline in the cottage. At the very top of the cliff, if you held your phone high in the air, you could be lucky […]

  • An Attack of the Freebie-Jeebies

    An Attack of the Freebie-Jeebies

    As some of you know, I have views on the ”Free / 99p book and Ebook!” promotion thing. My views are that it creates the expectation in readers that something you sweated blood over for years is worth less than a small cappuccino. Happy to retweet your promo if you insist on doing it because […]

  • CHIC-LIT: Muse by K. French

    CHIC-LIT: Muse by K. French

    According to all standard and logical thinking, I did this all wrong, I read French’s second book in the series; Desire, before I read her first book Muse. Big Mistake? Actually, no it wasn’t. Desire was an excellent stand-alone novel that I enjoyed immensely, as you would see if you read my review of it. […]

  • HUMOUR: Farmer Giles and His One Wish – Riley J. Froud

    HUMOUR: Farmer Giles and His One Wish – Riley J. Froud

    Farmer Giles farms sheep.  I mean farmed.  He farmed sheep.  And not very well, I might add, but he’d managed to keep a few of them alive until the night of the storm.  That’s when he employed my assistance, of course, and everything changed.  Everything always changes when they employ my assistance – that’s what […]