Monday 19 January 2009

Millar Crime

Sam Millar has recently launched a new website running under the delightfully tongue-in-cheek title, It’s Millar Crime. Have a wee shuftie and read a little about his crime books, including his most recent Bloodstorm, and his memoir, On The Brinks.

And you’ll also find an article by Sam’s in issue 21 of Verbal Magazine. Check out pages 20 and 21 for his musings on the Brian Moore Award and some advice on trying to make it as a writer, including his ‘seven commandments of writing’:

1) Never ever show your manuscript to family and friends (they’ll always tell you what you want to hear).

2) Type each and every day – even when your fingers have fallen off (use toes).

3) All excuses are inexcusable.

4) Never handwrite a manuscript. It isn’t right.

5) Never tolerate writer’s block. It’s for blockheads.

6) Avoid vanity printing. You might love it, but no one else will.

7) Avoid self-publishing. The writing fraternity will despise you for taking the coward’s way out. Fight the good fight of self-belief and eventually you will win. We all had to do it, and have the bruises to show for it.

You can read the rest if you download the issue 21 PDF on the Verbal Magazine website. Just click the link on the left of the page et voila.


adrian mckinty said...

Sam and Burke have to have a pun fight.

Gerard Brennan said...

Adrian - Good idea. Now, how can we make some money off it?


colman said...

The only pun I can correlate ITS MILLER CRIME to, is IT'S HAMMER TIME... the delightful boast of MC Hammer back in the day.
If that's the reason I\ll eat my incredibly baggy trousers

v-word is coltorksshite, might as well be, actually it's prebete

Gerard Brennan said...

Colman - Click the link.

Miller Time!