Joanne Phillips



Happy Christmas and Good Riddance 2016

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll have noticed that there’s not been much to read lately. But thanks for sticking around to get this post – read on for some fun photos and Christmas gossip, and an idea of what’s coming in 2017.

First off, here’s 2016 in a nutshell (I couldn’t be bothered with a long, boring, explanation of why I haven’t written much or blogged much or done much etc):

It’s been sh*t!

And now on to more fun things …


This week my daughter and I went Christmas shopping – she wore a reindeer headband and I had on my (now ubiquitous) New York hat. Lulu is eight and a half and is making her debut appearance on the blog – Go Lulu!



A few weeks ago I met up with ace authors Jan Ruth and Debbie Bennett for Christmas fun in Chester – we had the most awesome time, and I would have had a lot to drink if I hadn’t been driving!

2016 was most definitely the year of the selfie – much to my friends’ and family’s annoyance and disgust. My poor long-suffering sister has been dragged into many selfies – but I’m not going to annoy her even more by posting one here. Instead, here’s one from earlier today during the family Christmas Eve festivities …


So, what will 2017 bring? You can expect me to be blogging more, but less about just writing and books and publishing and more about life and fun and other stuff.

There will be books! Yes, more books will be written and published next year. Don’t forget to get on that mailing list if you don’t want to miss news of when they are released.

There will be selfies, and also a resurrecting of the vlog. And PhD stuff, and bits and bobs about my creative writing teaching practice, and I’m pretty sure Lulu will make an appearance or two as well.

Happy Christmas everyone. I wish you a wonderful 2017 – keep in touch and come back and see me soon x


The Myths of Publishing

This should be the definitive word on self-publishing – well done Jan!


Self-Publishing is a Last Resort.

No. To self-publish or operate as an Individual Publisher or an Indie, is often the best creative choice. Without the shackles of commercial pressure, genre-blending or your own personal genre, is the new kid on the block! The author retains global selling rights across all platforms and retains the majority share of any royalties. Most importantly, the author is in complete control of the entire process, from designing the cover to organising events, to advertising and pacing the release of new material. The more you invest of yourself the greater the opportunity for growth, development, and experience, not only as a writer through valuable on-line networking but in all aspects of the publishing world.

Depending on your technical skills, it’s quite possible to design your own covers and 13735790_873470892758672_4699674544226635043_opromotional material using a range of high quality software, some of which is accessible for free…

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Podcasts, Making Dresses & Wearing Hats (Or … What I Did This Summer)

Time for a catch up! It’s been a long, hot summer, and I’ve been relaxing and getting used to living in town after moving house back in April. I have an absolutely jam-packed season coming up now – so much to share with you! – but first I thought we could go with a round-up of what I’ve been up to this summer. Here are the highlights:


Here I am recording my first ever Podcast! This will be broadcast on Monday 17th October over on Paul Teague’s Self-Publishing Journeys. We talked about all things publishing and writing, and I shared detailed info about my earnings these past few years, so don’t miss that!


I rarely talk about my family on the blog, but here is my daughter – Lulu – who is 8 years old. We decided to do a ‘design-a-dress’ project this summer. She made a drawing of her ideas and then we raided my fabric stash, ran it up on the sewing machine, and here is the result! Yes, it even has a zip that I’m very proud of.


What Lulu seemed to spend most of her time doing this summer, however, was playing Minecraft on her Kindle Fire! As you can see in this photo. Ah well, we did manage a little quality time.


And I managed to make myself lots of coffees with my shiny coffee machine. My secret (not-so-secret) pleasure.


And finally, here I am looking a little scary (!) at Chiquitos – notice how I co-ordinated my outfit to match the Mexican hat. This summer we ate out loads, went on lots of lovely long walks, had tons of fun … and I drank quite a few cocktails.

Now I’m back to work with a vengeance. But you know what? I’m kinda relieved. Enjoying yourself is much more tiring than work.

The Zodiac Files -An Aries Writer

Today I’m on Terry Tyler’s brilliant zodiac feature, The Z Files, where writers talk about how they fit with their zodiac traits – or otherwise. Terry has asked over 70 writers to take part, and I was excited to do so as I’m deeply attached to my identity as an Aries woman. Head on over to her blog to find out why …

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Co-incidentally, Terry will be here on the blog later this week in an interview about her new book, The House of York. Watch out for that – it should be a good one!

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