Roger Bray


Words – what emotions do they conjure?

I missed which author said it, but his message was that when you sit down in front of your typewriter to write, you should not think, you need to feel. Thinking is done away from the machine. It’s good advice for some types of writing – in particular novels, but not all… Having said that, the essence holds for all writing – the words you choose are important and influence the reader. Talking to someone about a book in draft form recently, the question was asked – who’s the audience? WIll the language be accessible?

Here are some titles with words to conjure emotion…

They’re a Play on Words by Henry Dawe
Frivolous Verse and worse – Johannes Kerkhoven
Amazing Grace – Megan Carter
Underdressing – Roger Bray
Now What was I saying… – Kim Wedler

Ah, yes… while the words on covers might convey one message, individual words inside a book can also be image provoking as in The Glowing Blossoms that kept the roots alive – Amna Agib
And the gramatically incorrect – Shaka are Dead by John Samson – a book written in a colloquial South African English.


Cartoon Covers – don’t assume…

The jury is still out, as far as I’m concerned, about the role a cover plays in whether a book is bought or not. Is it the cover, is it the title or something else? By all accounts, it’s 50-50. The impact of blurbs, reviews and word of mouth seems to be more settled. Whilst blurbs were important in years gone by, todya they have often deteriorated into telling the story or being purely a range of quotes by well-known names. Reviews, whilst they still seem to be popular to write and be read seem to have very little impact generally speaking on whether a book is bought or not. That, I suppose links with word of mouth – by far the best way to get people to buy a book. Being a subject specialist reader (in my other life) where topic determines whether or not I invest in a book, I rely on recommendations by a few trusted people and more often than not, a footnote…

Onto cartoons – again, not everyone’s cup of tea, as they say. But a good means to convey a message, often belying a more serious topic. See what you think of these books by TSL authors… history, poetry, limericks, humour, and political parody all feature in this collection.

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National Poetry Day – did you miss it?

28 September is designated National Poetry Day – at least in the UK. At TSL, we don’t see one day as a special day – all days are special, so below are the our authors who also write poetry. TSL doesn’t specalise in poetry but we do have some poetry either as part of a collection or to support a charity.

Playwright and author Barbara Towell has a book of poetry Patchworks.
Kat Francois and Robbie Cheadle also publish poetry, albeit not through TSL.

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first published 5 October 2017, updated 2024


Roger Bray

About Roger

Roger Bray is an award winning travel writer and reporter on the travel industry. He has written for several major UK newspapers and is co-author of a history of the post war holiday revolution. He currently contributes to the over-50s website He has two married sons and four grandchildren, of whom he has not seen nearly enough in these trying times. A veteran skier and Francophile, he usually prefers his work to be taken seriously. But COVID-19 has stood everything on its head.

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