Catasshe

Catasshe

35 years old
Female
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Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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Here's an example of how NOT to do it. This woman popped up in my Twitter recommendations. I saw that she writes 'Romantic suspence' and thought, oh, what genre is that when it's at home? I'm still wondering... Take a look at her blurb for her forthcomin
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    LM Montgomery, Thackery, Austen, JK Rowling
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Emily of New Moon trilogy Harry Potter - entire series
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To get several cracking novels published! (So far I've only had one short story published, in The Lady magazine.)
    Your worst habit?
    Letting fear get in the way of writing
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In my room
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I received a very useful and perceptive critique last year from the Writer's workshop, which has inspired me to take writing more seriously and try to write what I actually care about, rather than trying to dumb down through lack of confidence.

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    Catasshe
    Catasshe Here's an example of how NOT to do it. This woman popped up in my Twitter recommendations. I saw that she writes 'Romantic suspence' and thought, oh, what genre is that when it's at home? I'm still wondering... Take a look at her blurb for her forthcoming book 'Stolen Obsession' if you want to be left going 'Eh??'. Also, how has she got 28K twitter followers?!
    8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Oh... here: http://www.marlenembell.com/stolen-obsession/
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I swerve people with 1000s of followers. Why on earth would they be interested in li'l ol' me? They have bots trawling for a mailing list, tis all. IMHO.
      8 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus 28k followers?? Wouldn't want to cast aspersions but I'd be surprised if some weren't paid for
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe I did wonder that. I mean, she has written a book about sheep or something too, but that doesn't seem 28K value to me...
      8 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB II followed your link, and was indeed left going 'Eh??' Morbidly fascinated, I did a spot of googling and, while I didn't turn up any of her novels on Amazon, I did find a memoir of her life as a sheep farmer (yes, really). I looked inside and found (among other clunks) three dangling modifiers on the first two pages of Chapter One. Not looking good...
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Ah, yes.... Also, it has 4 reviews, yet is priced at $75 in paperback!!! No Kindle version. Yep Daeds, I think you're right - at least 27,900 of those Twitter followers are paid for...
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe also, can you say a sound 'emulates' from the back of a ewe's throat? Is this a malapropism? Aw, I feel mean. Some of the sheep memoir writing is good... there's just too much wrong with the rest of it.
      8 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus A ewe that does impressions?
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Hahaha! That must be what the author meant... Now, that is quite an interesting sheep story...
      8 days ago
    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans I have just spent a few min picturing a sheep that was raised by...idk...wolves or something...and which is having to fake being a 'true' sheep now it's back with the herd, by impersonating the others.
      8 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge I'm glad to see the novel is in final editing phase. Shame the web copy didn't go through the same process...
      8 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Catasshe, you have the right to be mean when she's asking $75 for a book with howlers like that in it...
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Well, exactly, Richard. Oh, and also, I didn't actually know what a dangling modifier was until I googled it and found hers (well, thought I'd spotted hers even before googling to confirm what they are). Never used em though, despite not knowing precise definition! Woolley: that sounds like a good sheep story!!!
      8 days ago
    • Pinkbelt75
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      Pinkbelt75 This woman retweeted one of my posts once and said something nice so I followed her. It turns out this was her strategy in gaining followers and by looking at the massive numbers she had following her., it clearly worked.
      8 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Could she have really done that 28 thousand times though??!
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I've had random people pick random old tweets of mine too, and assume their bots are trawling for followers just like that. What IS the point of paid-for followers, anyway? There'll be someone creating millions of fake accounts, do a couple of boring tweets to make them look genuine, which they then 'sell' to gullible people as followers. I find if I don't follow them back in three days then they unfollow me. Which kinda proves my point. They have no interest in anything I have to say - all they want is audience numbers to prove how popular they are.
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks And sometimes, a tweep with millions of followers will follow me, unfollow, follow, unfollow. So it's just bots talking to bots. No real people involved at all, apart from those who play along.
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe How weird. I agree, don't see the point of paid for followers. They'll never buy anything from the person (which is presumably why the person wants them) as they aren't genuine followers
      7 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Perhaps they are trying to show off to would-be publishers - 'look I'm popular - got all these followers'
      7 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus More insidiously, some indie authors with a large following use it to stamp on poor reviews and harass people who say anything negative about the author. Not suggesting remotely that's the case in this situation but I have seen it recently and it ain't pretty
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Does anyone still believe that? The number of followers = your popularity? We all know now it's a sham, unless the tweep actually engages with others. There used to be interesting content but I rarely go on it these days - too many people flogging stuff.
      7 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I think there probably are some people taken in by that, just as there are those who think that simply peppering Twitter with spam is the same thing as marketing
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Yes indeed. It's all a bit passe now tho. Isn't it. Having a social media presence used to be something that set you apart from the herd, but now nearly everyone has one, it's not special any more. Possibly *not* having such a presence is the thing now :)
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Whisks, surely it all depends on the type of followers? I mean, John Green for example (author of the Fault in our stars) has many followers, and they actually care about him and are interested in seeing his new books. Other followers don't.
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe What I mean is, if someone has actually made a name for themselves in something, then that will reflect in followers. But bot followers or otherwise pointless followers are worthless....
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Yes but it's difficult to define and assess quality followers. I mean, you and I are probably quality followers in that we're real people who read and buy books. But I don't think I've ever seen a random tweet and thought, Oh goodie - that person I've never interacted with has written a book; I must buy it. Sure I've bought books by people I 'know' - but I 'know' them. I may - out of curiosity - look up a book by someone I don't 'know' - as you did - but I've never bought one of them. My tbr pile is tottering already. I suspect that his twitter following is irrelevant to John Green's success. What will sell his future books is his previous books.
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe That's true, Cad Whisks. I have actually bought a book from a random on Twitter once: a self pubbed book. It had an exceptionally entertaining blurb: is called 'Dead Writers in Rehab', and is indeed by a very funny writer. Unfortunately the book didn't sustain my interest beyond the first few chapters. But still, they say it's impossible to sell books via twitter, but that guy clearly does.... But, I know what you mean, in most cases people would look up that author based on their earlier work, whether or not they're on Twitter. It serves more as a notice board/reminders for people you already like and are interested in to me, rather than a way to find new people to be interested in.
      7 days ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD I think it's often the inexperienced on social media who get sucked into that kind of thing. They haven't grown their own sense, as a human being, of how it works and what feels good and bad to be on the receiving end of.
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe I'm confused... Who get sucked into which kind of thing, Emma?
      7 days ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD Into paying for stuff with no value, like fake followers, or twitter-services, where writers pay to have someone tweet for them, not realising that buy-my-book tweets just don't work, because it's all transmit, and no receive or conversation.
      7 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe Yeah, I know what you mean. Poor lady of the sheep and erotic-suspense novels above seems like someone who found Twitter five minutes ago.... and promptly has 28K followers... Then again, I found it five mins ago. But, I don't have 28K followers ;-)
      7 days ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD Quality of followers matters as much as quantity, in the longer term at least.
      7 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    The best people are easily discouraged, Richard. :-)
    9 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe Stories for Homes has reached NUMBER ONE in Amazon Hot New releases in Fiction Anthologies: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/new-releases/digital-text/4542674031/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr
    21 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge That is blooming awesome! Hope someone got a screen shot of that!
      20 days ago
    • Debi
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      Debi I have!
      20 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Debi's Blog "Stories for Homes 2 - update".
    Stories for Homes 2 is out now on Amazon for Kindle!! How exciting. So proud and happy to be part of this wonderful, creative ...
    22 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Hmm, well, I've now discovered that 'Take a Break' has stopped accepting subscriptions from any but the authors already on their list (ie people who've already been published by them). Another avenue for the new author closes! It's just like when I ...
    24 days ago
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    Catasshe Hmmm...
    27 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe Hmmm...
    27 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe commented on Benjamin86's wall:
    Thanks Benjamin! I haven't read them all - must go in and read all the rest. There was a flood at one point
    27 days ago
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    Benjamin86
    Benjamin86 commented on Catasshe's wall:
    Hi, just read your competition entry. Really liked it; totally unexpected ending! He has a heart after all!
    28 days ago
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    Barny
    "Barny" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Whatever, I was just observing that the topic is disjointed because of their absence.
    28 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Sorry Catasshe, but @Barny: ALL of OFP's posts are missing. He was nuked off the face of the Cloud by the Cloud. He'd left me some jolly good and thoughtful comments on many my blogs and they're all gone. I'm pretty grumpy about that.
    28 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Oh, and Barny, as I'm not sure it's something I'm even going to do or not at this stage, I'm probably not the person to start that group at the moment. I will check out your story though! (later once out of office)
    28 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Oh, actually Hil, I just subscribed to Writing Magazine digitally! Must read the new edition that just got sent to me a week or so ago.... Thanks for reminding me. Does seem a good Mag for opportunities. Yes, you're totally right, if I can barely ...
    28 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Although, they're not as long as 'normal' novels...
    28 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Catasshe re pocket novels - yes they are interesting, but with regard to what we were saying about these stories not being what we usually write - it's a lot more to invest in something that isn't quite you.
    28 days ago

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I have previously attempted historical fantasy and 'trashy' romance. As well as numerous short stories. I am now about to launch into some more mainstream women's fiction. (Inspired by the professional critique I got last year from WW!!)

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  • Benjamin86
    by Benjamin86 28 days ago
    Hi, just read your competition entry. Really liked it; totally unexpected ending! He has a heart after all!
  • L.
    by L. 1 month ago
    Loved your comp entry - very dark and gritty.
  • FergC
    by FergC 1 month ago
    Nice, nice, nice, comp entry! Loved the conflict in the man as he watched. Of course they deserve better! Yeah! Well done.
  • Foxrose
    by Foxrose 1 month ago
    Holy sh*t! Your comp piece is chilling for reasons I don't even nearly want to think about and so well done. Great entry ^.^ *lights some mental incense to ward off the heeebie geebies it have me* lols
  • Kate
    by Kate 5 months ago
    Late night club- yawn
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Cheers, mate :-)
  • JD
    by JD 1 year ago
    The Cloud says it's your birthday today, so it must be true; therefore, happy birthday!

    /cake emoji

    :)
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction :-) re mental health.
  • Noodledoodle
    by Noodledoodle 2 years ago
    Hi there, may I direct you to this? http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/events/profile/266