You've done it! You've got a contract in your hand from a publisher. Pen clutched in trembling hand, you can't wait to put your signature down. But you should wait. You really, really should. Wait, think, and make sure you've read that contract from top to bottom. Because not all contracts are created equally and it's absolutely OK for you to ask questions.

Category: Writing
Tags: contracts rights

The Oxford comma is a much-debated piece of punctuation. The famous (or for some infamous) AP Style Guide says that the "serial comma" is not required and many, many publications and websites follow this advice.

Category: Writing
Tags: grammar oxford comma

Category: Hypnosis Writing
Tags: productivity

Yesterday, I received possibly the best piece of writing advice ever.

Category: Writing
Tags: writing hacks

I hate proofreading. I truly hate it. I don't think I'm good at it. Lucky for me, I found a simple hack that has reduced my error rate significantly and made proofreading a lot, lot easier.

Category: Writing
Tags: proofreading

The English language is constantly evolving, but that doesn't mean that we should be the sort of irresponsible parent that leaves its baby with its fingers in the plug socket and a nappy full of poo just so that it can experience "independence". No, sometimes English needs a helping hand.


I think this is a case of genre. Superhero books, generally, do not benefit from large doses of realism.


Today, there seems to be a risk of offending somebody no matter what you write.


Writing time is sacred. That was my #writertip this week.

Category: Writing
Tags: mobile apps writetip

Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist, anthropologist, or even much of a proper scientist (computer scientists don't count, ology or not). I am a monkey with a magic typewriter that makes my words appear on your screen. Read on.

Category: Writing
Tags: crowdfunding

In my earlier article about Kickstarter and VAT, I highlighted the need for anyone running a crowdfunding campaign in or from the UK to be mindful of their exposure to VAT and other taxes.


Today, I wanted to spend my lunch time exploring Storium.


So far, 0% funded on the IndieGoGo campaign. So, what have we learnt?


There is no guarantee that people that post projects on ButterStarter will deliver on their projects, use the money to implement their projects, or that the completed projects will meet backers' expectations.


Hot on the heels of my article on why Kickstarter, and all other crowdfunding platforms, need to take a role in protecting the investment of project backers, another very high profile project has gone kaput.

Category: Writing
Tags: crowdfunding kickstarter