Poop on you and your 2-star review!

Poop on you and your 2-star review!

So, I’ve been a professional writer for almost thirty years and over these decades I’ve had my goodly share of hard-to-hear comments and reviews about the words I’ve written. Handing copy over to a client comes with a special kind of feeling since, if I didn’t...
Contests: Why Bother?

Contests: Why Bother?

Reprinted with permission from WordWorks Magazine, Winter 2018 by me, Donna Barker Because there just wasn’t enough space under my bed for any more manuscripts, I was determined to have my dark humour, paranormal, social commentary, women’s fiction, murder mystery...
I pitched my memoir as a romance novel. Bad idea!

I pitched my memoir as a romance novel. Bad idea!

In retrospect, encouraging my husband to have an affair — while he was in Europe on a three-week business trip — was not the best idea to bring passion back into our colourless, but loving, marriage. In retrospect, dating compulsively — just three weeks after my...
It’s About a Difference (film 1988)

It’s About a Difference (film 1988)

Pips Tartar is not your average individual – she talks to fruits. A humourous and provocative journey into the mind of a most colourful character. In 1988, having pink hair was highly uncommon and my 22-year old film partner and I (who was also 22) used it as an...
How to guarantee your book will be an Amazon bestseller

How to guarantee your book will be an Amazon bestseller

The 7-second answer: Pay $10,000 to a coach who defines “bestseller” as hitting #1 on Amazon.com’s FREE Kindle list in a sub-sub-sub-sub category for even 1 hour on a day it’s being heavily promoted. Here’s an example based on actual numbers, to show you how...