Don’t wait for these people to find you — they’re looking, but it might take forever

It’s hard enough making a living as a writer, so why would anyone turn down money they’ve legitimately earned? Maybe they don’t know it’s there. I don’t have a simple answer, but I know how you can get your hands on it.

Your writing is accessible around the world, and…


But some phobias are miles away from simple survival strategies

Just a couple of months ago, I’d never heard of koumpounophobia, and now I know of three people who suffer from it. The first was a primary school teacher. That’s a tough job for a koumpounophobic.

A confession: when I say I’d never heard of koumpounophobia, I don’t mean that…


Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Freestyle

Flytippers, why? Council tip’s just nearby.

We saw the large box van turn into the bridleway, assuming they were turning. It’s impassable except for tractors. But as we came back from the other direction we found they’d forced their way in and dumped a heap of old carpet and rusty metal, blocking the path and leaving…


Book 1 in the Annie Raymond Mysteries crime series

False opinions are like false money, struck first by guilty people then circulated unwittingly by those who are honest

My crime series, now into its 8th book, first saw the light of day with Like False Money, which was recently re-released as part of a trilogy, Falling into Crime. The…


Six Word Photo Story: Freestyle

Just ivy and a telegraph pole.

The ivy grows up this disused telegraph pole every year, as neat as though cut into shape. If it had been a tree under there, the ivy would have killed it years ago and the tree would have fallen, so all in all, it seems like a good partnership, and…


WRITING PROMPT

The where turns out to be part and parcel of the who

I was just prowling about looking for things to read and fell over Dennett’s excellent Rituals in Place, noticed it was a writing prompt started by Ellie Jacobson, and half felt that I had already written for it.

I hadn’t, though. Turns out I’d written something else — after being…


Don’t be bold if you want to grow old

It’s that time of year when toadstools come into their own. These sprang up at the start of the week…


What is it and what can it do for you as an author?

The International Authors’ Forum already represents almost a quarter of a million writers, artists, and journalists worldwide, but if you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone. It’s another of those mega-organisations that seems to work in the shadows.

Probably against expectation, I am not going to recommend that you…

Penny Grubb

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.

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