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How to be happy on Google+?

Is your Google+ account dead? Chances are it’s because you have let it die.
I hear often complained that G+ is dead and not worth bothering with. No one has put you in their circles, or when you share something there, no one notices. Baffled, you try to understand why anyone would want to spend any time with it, let alone find it enjoyable.
I’m one of those who like Google+. I find it an easy place to share interesting content with and from likeminded people, test ideas for feedback, learn useful things, and enjoy the fruits of other people’s imagination world over. New people add me to their circles daily, and while they are not always people I circle back, it is an indication that my account pops up regularly in G+ recommendations.


My Google+ account isn’t dead. Yours need not be either. But here’s the catch: it requires an effort from your part.
It’s easy enough to open a G+ account. There is plenty of information available on how to make it catchy too. But to grow your following – to …

By way of explanation

I’ve recently had a number of reviews for The Wolf’s Call that express annoyance at my use of the pronoun it for one of the characters, a dog named Bob. The upset doesn’t come as a surprise for me – my editor Lee Burtonwarned me about it already when he was editing the book, but as I had an explanation for it he accepted, the pronoun stayed. So, for those who have been upset by it, here is the explanation.
My Two-Natured London is a world where some of the people are genetically different from regular humans. That genetic mutation manifests as a three different two-natured races: vampires, shifters, and sentients, which are my unique creation. Humans lack the means to detect the two-natured, which makes them suspicious of everyone around them. And while most humans can pretend everyone is human, the two-natured aren’t universally tolerated by the one-natured.
That applies especially to the shifters. There are cat and dog-shifters in my world too, which makes matters more confusing for …

The shedding sanctity of books

My country’s leading newspaper ran a featuretoday on the future of publishing. Looking towards to 2025 – such visionaries – the industry insiders gave their opinion on what the publishing will be like in my country in a decade. Already the premise was out-dated, every person interviewed behaving as if self-publishing didn’t, or shouldn’t, exist. So needless to say, their future vision isn’t particularly remarkable.
But the details aren’t important. What caught my attention was the title of the piece that asked if the book was “shedding its sanctity”. Books have traditionally been revered here; in the absence of a glorious past, we set out to create a great future by educating and sophisticating the masses. Books played a pivotal role in that. In a way, books have been held sacred, and the future of publishing outlined in the paper reflects that.
But the reading population has changed, even here, something that the article doesn’t take into consideration. Books have become products of co…

Happy New Year!

I’ve begun this year the same way I began the last, with a new cover for an old book. I’ve redesigned the cover for Which Way to Love? I published a year ago. Back then, the chick-lit type cover it originally had felt perfect for it, but the book never took off and I came to a conclusion that the cover was partially to blame for it.
The new cover is based on a photo – the original was a drawing – which I hope feels fresh. The colours are various shades of pink that gives it a romantic vibe. The book isn’t a romance as such though; it’s more a finding oneself type of story and I hope the cover reflects that too. But in the end, I simply hope it’s an interesting cover that catches readers’ attention.
And while I was at it, I made some changes to the cover of At Her Boss’s Command too – the one I redid this time a year ago. The cover is essentially the same, I only made the background and the fonts darker because they almost faded in the original.
Now that the covers are done, I'll retu…