I got a bad review and the world didn’t end

This week has mostly been about formatting the paperback version of the Secret Notebook. It's the first time I've formatted a real book and, after wrangling with a CreateSpace template, I'm hoping I'm over the worst. I will blog about it at some point, but not until I'm convinced there are no more surprises in …

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Beautiful floral bedding for spring: a marketing email that misfired

'Beautiful floral bedding for spring' is the title of an email I received a few days ago from M&S (Marks & Spencer, if you're unfamiliar with the brand). My initial reaction was 'Is this supposed to be for me?': I suspect that isn't quite what M&S were aiming for. When I voiced my 'whuh?' on social media …

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Beta-testing: 5 things I learnt about using beta readers

First things first; thank you to everyone who agreed to beta read for me. While I'd asked people to give the occasional short story a quick once-over, The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was the first time I'd asked people to read a whole (admittedly short) collection. I learnt a lot along the way, and I think the …

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6 things I learnt while making my book cover…

Yes, I admit it. In spite of all the advice about not making your own book cover and getting a proper designer/cover artist/using an appropriate stock photo/getting a quality premade cover, I went ahead and designed my own. Here's why: I had a very strong idea of how I wanted the cover to look. The …

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Introducing…the Secret Notebook Pinterest board!

I had a lot of fun researching The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes. Something I wanted to do as part of the book was provide links to a few of the sources I used, and information for anyone who might want to explore further. I present...*drumroll*...the Secret Notebook Pinterest board! It's hyperlinked at the back of the ebook, …

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An exclusive interview with Professor J. Parker Holcroft

As part of the celebrations for the Secret Notebook launch we have obtained an exclusive interview with Professor J. Parker Holcroft, from the Department of Criminology, University of Westmorland, who kindly contributed the book's foreword. Professor J. Parker Holcroft is not easy to find. When I enquire at the reception of the Department of Criminology, they claim there …

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It’s alive! Secret Notebook publication day

Today's the day! Sometimes April 1 has seemed a long way away, sometimes terrifyingly close, but here it is, and with it The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes! More later, including a cover design post, Pinterest board, and exclusive interview, but for now you'll have to make do with a free sample. Hope you enjoy it! …

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