Y is for YOLO – Making friends for scaredy writer cats

Lana PecherczykAll, Self Publishing, Writing0 Comments

In case you’ve lived under a rock these last few years, YOLO means: You only live once. There are many devils on your shoulder when you are a writer. The same goes for any creative industry that falls under the daily scrutiny of consumers. Self-publishing is even worse! You’ve got the pressure of producing a quality book on your own that takes an entire publishing team to do traditionally. So many thoughts might travel through your head that, when piled on top of the other, can weigh you down so much that you might not get up again. There’s one saying that I use (thanks … Read More

X is for Xerox

Lana PecherczykAll, Self Publishing0 Comments

I know, I know. Xerox? It’s a bit of a stretch, but when it comes to thinking of something to do with Self-Publishing that starts with X I had no other ideas. In Australia we don’t really use the term Xerox very much, but i’m going to use it here to symbolise the action of copying. So, the moral of this post is … ALWAYS MAKE COPIES OF YOUR WORK. Make copies of your working manuscripts. Make copies of your design files. Make copies of your website. You name it – copy it. I can’t stress how important it is … Read More

15 Awesome books to help make you a better writer

Lana PecherczykResources, Writing0 Comments

Hello writers! I’m trying something new today. I’m on the train and doing a bit of multitasking because you may have noticed I’ve been a little slack lately on the bloggesphere. I’m back at work full time, looking after 2 little kids with a FIFO husband and writing, or working with RWA with my spare time. So, I figure, there’s got to be some benefits I can share from me working in a bookstore. Yes! Here are 15 great books I think are totally tops for writers. A is for Arsenic – this is a fab little compendium that shows … Read More

Romance Writers of Australia and Me

Lana PecherczykAll0 Comments

I joined the RWA less than a year ago because as a new writer I needed to find like-minded souls. I’m not a huge romance writer so was a little uncertain considering the standard stereotypes of what constitutes a romance novel. Surprise, surprise, I found that the genre of romance encapsulates a broad range of styles of writing. Yes, you have your Fifty Shades of Grey style, but more commonly, romance writing focuses on the relationship building and can be short and sweet, long and hot, suspenseful with a little dash … the examples could go on and on. I … Read More