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 … Continue reading In praise of laziness

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 … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary

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, … Continue reading My first writing workshop!

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 … Continue reading It’s that new year post again

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 … Continue reading What makes a book cover?

A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection

So having said in my last post that I had nothing really to flag up, I discovered almost immediately afterwards that Bitesize got a mention in Joel Friedlander's eBook Cover Design Awards post for July! I'd submitted the cover mainly in the hope that people might see it and consider exploring the book, so Joel's … Continue reading A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection

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 … Continue reading Two years ago

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

The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, one month on

A whole month has passed since The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was released into the wild. Sometimes that feels like ages, sometimes the blink of an eye. A short while ago a friend asked me how I felt about the experience of publishing an ebook. As I'm feeling a bit reflective, here's an answer incorporating some of … Continue reading The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, one month on

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