2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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In praise of the library

I don't go to the library as much as I used to. There, I said it. Then again, when I was a kid, going to the library was a Saturday morning ritual. Mum and Dad would see me off at the door to the children's library (it was actually a separate room, how posh) and …

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Crunching the numbers: Book Report

WARNING: If you don't like numbers or graphs you might want to look away now...or skip this post altogether! I'm probably a gazillion steps behind the rest of the author community, but I just signed up for Book Report. If you haven't seen it, Book Report makes an easy-read dashboard out of your Amazon KDP …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming …

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My first writing workshop!

So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, …

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It’s that new year post again

2016 was quite a year. Stranger than fiction in many ways - I feel for dystopian fiction authors and satirists, since they must be wondering where they can go next. However, this particular blog post (the third of its kind, I'm surprised to see) is a review of my writing and other progress in 2016, and …

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What makes a book cover?

I've been posting the cover of A Jar of Thursday quite a bit in social media lately - Whoops, sorry, finger must have slipped 😉 Anyway, while I've put a credits section in the back of the book, it struck me that to be fair I should also share the credits via social media. And as the …

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Two years ago

Yesterday Facebook pinged one of those 'On This Day' notifications. Now usually these follow a fairly standard pattern where in past years I have updated my status with the news that: one of the kids said something daft I ran somewhere I ate either cheese, cake, chocolate or biscuits the cat is sitting on me …

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Connect to local Amazon stores with global shortlinks

Today's blog will be a short one - appropriate, as I'm talking about creating shortlinks for books. It's also directed towards people who have books in the Amazon store, or plan to in the future. If that isn't you, look away now. If you already know about global shortlinks, I apologise in advance. If you …

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