Entries by Richard Gradner


When I first started writing my novel in September last year, I registered www.thelemurianprophecy.com. It was only several months later that I decided to change the title of my novel to The Lemurian. Tonight, I thought I’d register thelemurian.com but found that it had been registered already by another author who had published a novel […]


OK. I’ve officially finished writing and editing THE LEMURIAN. Next steps are to research a whole lotta options: professional editing, self-publishing vs traditional agent route, legal issues such as copywriting etc. Meeting a self-published author tomorrow so that’s gonna be interesting… Busy arranging a merchant account so I can sell via my website. Checking out […]


So when I first decided to write my novel (in September of last year), I researched the numbers. An average novel is between 80 and 120,000 words. So right then and there, I set myself a goal of 100,000 words. In the early hours of this morning, I reached and surpassed that number. 11 months […]


Settling into Jozi nicely by ending my busy day with a 90min Forrest yoga class. Forrest Yoga is so named after Ana Forrest, an advanced (almost 40 years experience) yoga instructor from the U.S. I trained with Mel at Yoga Warrior. Mel is one of my favourite instructors. She takes the class on a beautiful […]

City of Gold

I’m in Jozi town for a couple of days where I hope to finally finish my novel. I’m now at 97,000 words which is roughly 280 pages of a standard book. My target has always been 100,000 words and it’s uncanny how I have managed to come so close to this number (my guess is […]


I went to The Book Lounge yesterday, a quaint little independent bookstore in Roeland Street, Cape Town (cnr Buitenkant) for Lauren Beukes’ launch of her latest novel Broken Monsters. Here is a synopsis from her website: Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But […]

Hook and Pitch

Spent most of last night working on refining my hook and pitch. The hook is a short sentence of no more than 25 to 30 words that entices the reader into the story. The pitch is a longer piece that summarises the story from the main character’s point of view, revealing his challenges and objectives… […]


I have just uploaded the first 20 chapters to a site called Authonomy. It is a site for new (mostly unpublished) authors to test their manuscripts, get feedback, comments, tips, meet fellow authors etc. Take a look if you wish…