Don’t Give Up

November 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

On Saturday I had my latest book signing at Angus & Robertson at Capalaba. Happily, I sold six copies of The Heir and two each of The Crown and The Reign, which was a nice number, especially considering how the morning started. That’s because, for the first hour, I sold nothing. Selling nothing in the first hour is unusual for me, and usually a sign I’m not going to do too well. In fact, not only was I not selling, it was difficult to even catch anyone’s eye to engage them. Usually if I don’t make a sale, I’ve at […]


November 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

A friend of mine posted something on Facebook today. It was a post she’d sent me five years ago. It said: ‘Anyone know the time difference between here and Brisbane? Come on, Lynne, I want the rest of your book, I’m dying here!!!’ This post brought back some great memories from 2010, when I wrote The Heir, book one in the Verindon trilogy. The Heir wasn’t the first novel I’d ever written, but it was the first one I’d shown to a number of people outside the family. It’s a nerve wracking thing, showing something that is effectively your baby […]

Does your favourite novel have ‘extras’?

November 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

Does your favourite novel (or the novel you have written) have extras? This what I mean by extras. I was involved in a conversation on Goodreads the other day, when someone was asking if any of the authors present had created a Twitter account for our characters. He was wondering if it helped generate sales. Most of us thought it wouldn’t be much help, except perhaps for a novel that was already doing well. There are a lot of things authors do, which I call ‘extras’, to try and reach a wider audience. For example, all three of my books […]

Busy, busy, busy!

November 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

I don’t know what it is about November, but it always seems to be a busy time of year. Of course, the fact that Christmas is looming on the horizon contributes to this, but often there seems to be other contributing factors as well. One thing, especially for an author, as I mentioned in my blog last week, is NaNoWriMo. But I’m not participating in that this year, so surely I should have some spare time! It seems not. Another contributing factor is the realisation that the end of the year is upon us. I think that motivates a lot […]

NaNoWriMo begins!

November 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm

November is here, and apart from being told just how close Christmas really is, there is another event I’ve been hearing a lot about as I hobnob with my fellow authors – NaNoWriMo. For those of you unfamilar with the term, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month (although it should probably be ‘international’ now, since authors all over the world are involved). Every November, many authors and aspiring authors commit to writing 50,000 words of a new manuscript or a current one they’ve got going. Authors can log onto and set up a profile, where they can enter […]