Run VT! Making a simple book trailer

It's been ages since I wrote a how-to post - although this one is more of a how-I-did, and not necessarily a how-you-should post. So, I'd been thinking about making a fairly simple trailer to introduce The Case of the Black Tulips, the first book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series I've been co-writing with …

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Happy Halloween!

The horror story here is that our dishwasher isn't working...other than that, we're good. I'm looking forward to two things this Halloween. One is going trick-or-treating with the kids later - sweeeeeets! The other is taking part in C.L. Monaghan's Halloween takeover event, Midnight Mayhem and Magic, to celebrate the launch of her new book, Midnight …

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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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Book birthday – and a giveaway!

It's no April Fool - The Secret Notebook Of Sherlock Holmes is one year old today! *plays slightly out-of-tune chord on violin* (it's been a while) To celebrate, the ebook is 99c/99p/equivalent on Amazon today (Saturday 1 April) - plus I'm running a paperback giveaway! So if you fancy a signed copy, all you have to do for …

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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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Countdown to purdah

Purdah (noun): 1. The practice in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of screening women from men or strangers, especially by means of a curtain. 1.3 British The period leading up to an election, during which government departments generally refrain from making any new announcements. (Oxford Dictionaries) Tomorrow, March 30, the organisation where I now work will enter purdah. …

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