E. J. Dawson

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Journeying Pain Most writes say that their writing life is a journey and that it’s different for every writer. Ups and downs, versions of success, what they’re writing and how its published. So many different paths to take. But we have one thing in common: the doubt. The “what if” thoughts that are never or rarely optimistic, and if they are, many contain an overwhelming chunk of inevitable disappointment. I remember the… Read More

I’ve spent some time querying, so when I started with Literary Wanderlust as an intern I was not prepared for how subjective the experience was going to be on the other side. I vividly remember the first few queries addressed to me with an absolute thrill that someone wanted me to look after their work. I read through them carefully, and there were brilliant stories there. But some of them weren’t for… Read More

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  I’m going to start by telling you all something I’m very proud of; I’m a panster.   I rarely plot a novel, I have a few images in my head and an end scene usually and that end scene in my head often drives the rest of the story. The sense of discovery and how it comes to that point. Sometimes it’s in reverse and I have an opening idea, a… Read More

The last time I fought I troll I did so quietly and with anonymity. Last night on Twitter that did NOT happen. Was it the glass of wine or the late hour on a Friday night or the nature of the attack? Nope, it was because this guy had nothing to spew but a generalized hatred of the world, its laser beam focused on me. Why? I invited him to. On this… Read More

  We’re living in a world with a lot of chaos and fighting.   Covid. The BLM movement. The art vs artists arguments.   The truths coming about from the traditionally publishing industry, agencies that have had staff walk out, the disparaging differences for advances to black authors, and most recently the NYT revelations. *deep breath*   All of these are confronting and difficult and we need to hear them.   So… Read More

Ugliness in the Publishing Industry   I’m angry. I’m furious. I’m at the end of my fucking rope. I’d like to say its about the BLM movement, and what’s happening in Australia and America is terrible. I’d like to say it’s the #Publishingpaidme tag and the disparagement between black authors and white authors is sickening. I’d like to say it’s the transphobic tweets from JK Rowling this morning but to be honest… Read More

I started writing a seriously in 2014 and consequently, self-published called the Last Prophecy Series. My reason remains sound; it was a twenty-one novella and book fantasy steampunk series. Not exactly a trendy topic, succinct series, or the kind of project that would be over in a few years. But I was determined and it remains to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Getting an editor taught me a… Read More

In everything that’s going on at the moment I know some of you are more scared than you’ve ever been before.   There are a million things going on outside our control. Fear eats a hole in our stomachs as we twitch aside window curtains and wonder if just one more visit to the store will bring home a fatal virus.   We lived with our parents and grandparents dread of another… Read More