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Mini May Update – Flash Fiction Anthology, and Striking the Balance Between Writing Short and Long Fiction

Today I received my copy of the first anthology from Reflex Fiction, titled "Barely Casting a Shadow"; my short piece "The Shore Road" made their summer 2017 flash fiction long list.  It's great to see your words in print! If you get the chance, do check out the stories published at Reflex Fiction, there's some really… Continue reading Mini May Update – Flash Fiction Anthology, and Striking the Balance Between Writing Short and Long Fiction

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They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

I'm not going to list out all the famous authors who had to persist through dozens of rejections until their magnum opus was snapped up. And I'm not going to name that Decca manager who rejected the Beatles as a passé guitar group on their way out. I'm not even going to dwell on Stephen… Continue reading They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

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Lessons In Kindle – Twelve Things I Learned When Publishing My Book on Amazon

I recently published my first work of fiction, an Alternate history/Sci-Fi novella, The Battle of Watling Street, using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This may turn into a short series of posts, but for now I want to limit the discussion to the technical/formatting challenges and benefits I discovered with KDP. Hopefully this will help… Continue reading Lessons In Kindle – Twelve Things I Learned When Publishing My Book on Amazon

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The Battle of Watling Street is Published!

I am a published author of a historical/science fiction/alternate history novella! Yesterday was D-Day. After feverish last-minute formatting and some tiny revisions (how can I still find things to tweak after dozens of self-edits, software edits, beta readings and more edits?), I took the plunge and submitted my book to Kindle. I've entered Amazon's Storyteller… Continue reading The Battle of Watling Street is Published!

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Pinterest Boards for Books: The Battle of Watling Street

I already have Pinterest specifically for my writing, with boards for my two novels-in-progress; you can view them here and here  - please do follow the boards if you like what you see, I do follow back! I'm slowly amassing followers on Pinterest, and it seems that with the very targeted appeal of each board, it could be a useful… Continue reading Pinterest Boards for Books: The Battle of Watling Street

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“The Battle of Watling Street” is here! Calling Beta Readers…

(Edited to add spiffy new cover design!) At 3.30am this morning, while putting the finishing touches to the edited and expanded second draft of my first completed work of fiction, my laptop froze, and I lost 5,000 words of creative frenzy. Half an hour of despair followed until, predictably, a youngster rescued me and found… Continue reading “The Battle of Watling Street” is here! Calling Beta Readers…

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My Second Work-in-Progress: The Bondage of The Soil

I love reading spooky tales at Christmas; M.R. James is a firm favourite, and I usually reread H.P. Lovecraft's "The Festival" to celebrate the Yuletide season. The idea for a short horror story in the tradition of these greats came to me last December when I was deep into my ghostly reading season; I have a… Continue reading My Second Work-in-Progress: The Bondage of The Soil

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Flash Fiction March 2016 – “Wireless”

This is just a quick post to proudly announce that one of my 100-word stories has been published by John Xero at 101fiction.com. Please check the site out, now in its sixth year online, it has some fantastic flash fiction. My story's title is "Wireless" and it is published in the March 2016 issue. The… Continue reading Flash Fiction March 2016 – “Wireless”

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My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

When I was younger, I heartily disliked New Year's Eve; for my mother, it was a time of looking back and rehashing old tragedies, old regrets. She cried without fail, and to younger me this was painful and put a real pall over the end of the year. But I've learned that like Janus, the Roman… Continue reading My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

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How to Read Kindle Books without a Kindle

This post sort-of follows on from my last one (Are ebooks changing the way we read and write novels?) With apologies to those tech- With apologies to those tech-savy types for whom this is all old hat, I had a surprising conversation recently with a colleague who was asking how my book will be (eventually) published; when… Continue reading How to Read Kindle Books without a Kindle