Category Archives: self-publishing

Cheesecake, Avarice & Boots

For reasons, mostly due to my son spending the week in hospital (he is back home now but I was worried for a while), I released a new book with somewhat less fanfare than usual and somewhat earlier than planned… … Continue reading

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The Complexity of a review…

A little over six years now I had a odd dream, woke up in a cold sweat, scribbled some rather idiosyncratic notes, and then tried fleetingly to get back to sleep. After an hour of staring at the ceiling, as … Continue reading

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When inspiration is lacking…

Occasionally every writer hits a wall where inspiration seems determined to elude them. On such occasions I find solace in the odd quote or three from other writers, here then are a selection for anyone struggling for inspiration as they … Continue reading

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The value of the craft…

How do you value the results of your craft? It’s one of those questions that’s always hard to answer, and harder to answer as a writer than, to give a random example, as a carpenter. So how does a carpenter … Continue reading

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The value of U…

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language!” attributed to George Bernard Shaw, or possibly Oscar Wilde, or purely apocryphal, as its one of those quotes no one is entirely sure about even the QI elves apparently…. … Continue reading

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Crafting books…

A wise man probably once said, It’s one thing to write a novel, and quite another to make a book. Which is true, as far as it goes. A novel is a long series of words placed one in front … Continue reading

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Reviews… The slow-crushing of an authors soul…

One morning, a few months ago when I originally wrote this blog post I woke to three new reviews of my novels, all written by the same reader a close friend who has been promising to do the reviews for … Continue reading

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The great Lock-down novel…

Lock-down has, converse to what many of us imagined when it began, been an unproductive time for most writers I know, myself among them. Surprisingly while a lot of writing involves voluntary spurning the rest of humanity to isolate yourself … Continue reading

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Fiscal realities of publishing… and the pursuit of happiness… 1 year on.

‘If everything you do and everything you are is in pursuit of money, then you are already bankrupt.’       ~ Cake, Ink, Collective. Last year, around this point in time, I published a blog post called Fiscal realities of … Continue reading

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A look back at Indie April

Last month as you may be aware I threw the doors of the passing place wide open to a series of guest posts from indie writers of all kith and kin. The brief i gave them all was simple, write … Continue reading

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