In my July update I hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, and here we are in another year, in another national UK lockdown, with a very unprecedented Christmas behind us. If I distilled anything palatable from the bitter brew of 2020, it was to be actively grateful - not in a wishy… Continue reading Winter 2020 Update – Reasons To Be Cheerful, New Short Fiction, And What’s a Chapbook?
I want to kick off with a mention that Reflex Press's anthology Volume Two, The Real Jazz Baby, has recently won the Best Anthology Award in the 2020 Saboteur Awards. My story Let Me Be Your Fantasy is featured, together with 160 other authors, and I'm very proud to be a small part of an… Continue reading Lockdown Update – Every Day is Like Sunday, Plus Award Winning Flash Fiction!
My posts are like buses; you wait two months for one, then two come along within a day... I've nearly finalised my first newsletter (I'm waiting for the test email, which is taking its sweet time), and I wanted to offer something to subscribed readers as a thank you for sticking around thus far. And… Continue reading Kindle Promotion – The Battle of Watling Street is Free to Read 14-18th March
I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year break. The tone of this post was set by my New Year's Eve iTunes playlist (mercifully for my friends and family it's quite short, unlike my eight-hour gargantuan Christmas version). While singing along to Abba's "Happy New Year" I realised it's not… Continue reading Happy New Year!
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
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
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
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!
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
(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…