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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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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Firewords, Thursday and Mirrors, oh my!

It's like buses, you wait for ages and then three come along at once! Firewords Quarterly I'm full of a cold and battling with the paperback edition of A Jar Of Thursday, but I've been cheered today by the arrival of some very fine book post courtesy of Firewords. This is issue 7, Dark/Light, and yes, it …

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A Thursday update: ARCs available!

What a relief! Yesterday I got the last comments from my wonderful proofreader, made the changes, and uploaded the final version (I hope) of A Jar of Thursday to Amazon. I'm a natural fretter, so while I knew I had time to make changes, I still had the what ifs in the back of my mind. What …

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It’s #ComedyBookWeek on Twitter!

Taking a very quick break from editing (yes, STILL editing), to mention the marvellous #ComedyBookWeek that's been going on this week. It's the brainchild of Ana Spoke, author of Shizzle, Inc, and if you follow the hashtag you'll find all sorts of goodies - interviews, reviews and giveaways. Plus many of the participating books (over 100 at …

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Big in Croydon

Just popping in to share a very kind and completely unexpected review of the Secret Notebook in the Croydon Citizen newspaper, courtesy of the lovely folks at BookAngel! When I ran my free day for the Secret Notebook last month, BookAngel was one of the sites I contacted to promote the book on the day. They did a great job …

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Free stuff! The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes is free today

That's right, just for today The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes ebook is free to buy from Amazon! Spread the word! On May 22, 1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born, so on the anniversary of his birthday I thought a Secret Notebook giveaway day would be a nice gesture. Visit myBook.to/NotebookSH to grab your copy, and if you enjoy …

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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 …

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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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