Hurrah, it's Publication Day at last! The Finnish Girl, a prequel novella to The Englishman is now out and available to buy on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and all other major e-retailers. I woke up today to a wonderful 5 * review by a reader, who had forgotten to … [Read more...]
The Englishman in paperback – nearly!
Yes, you read it correctly, The Englishman is very, very nearly out in paperback.When I received the proof copy in the post last Thursday, I felt quite emotional. This is the first time one of my novels is in proper print, ink on paper, and the feeling of holding my own written words in my hands (or … [Read more...]
A-Z Blogging Challenge: I is for Independent Publishing
My theme: Writing and the business of writing.[I know, I know, I'm running a day late again! Please be patient, I shall attempt to catch up soon.]Before the ebook revolution, the only route writers (like me) had for getting their work published was through an agent and a publisher. If your book sold … [Read more...]
A-Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Blogging
Should writer's blog?When I started blogging three years ago, I did it purely as an experiment and because I like writing, whether an article for a magazine, a blog or a novel.I also knew that blogging can be a very good way for a writer to build a platform, to get your name out there. It can also … [Read more...]
A-Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Agents
I've thought hard about what theme I should have for this, my first A-Z Blogging Challenge and decided that since all of my completed novels are now out, I should write about the business of writing and publishing. A 'Guide to writing' or 'Helena's Writing Life', if you like.Sooo, on this … [Read more...]
E-books in bookshops – whatever next?
There's much consternation in the press this morning following Waterstone's deal with Amazon to sell Kindle and e-books in their stores. Much 'Deal with the devil' kind of comments have been banded about, but I have to say that I don’t understand why there isn't more of … [Read more...]
The results are in!
Firstly, thank you to everyone who voted in my little e-book versus p-book survey! The reason I set up this poll was that I wanted to know how many of you read paper copes and how many have embraced the new digital form of reading. When I first posted the survey, it became immediately clear … [Read more...]
There's only 7 hours left to vote in my little poll (see right margin) on how you people read your fiction.The publishing industry is going through major changes due to the digital age. One factor, which will determine the direction of the book world more than any, is in what form consumers are … [Read more...]
Digital – the new garlic bread?
It's an old joke, 'Garlic bread - it's the future.'At the London Book Fair I sat through two seminars on the future of publishing. First one was a prediction for 2020 (=digital) and the second a discussion on what's free in the new digital age and where the money is going to be made. Everyone agreed … [Read more...]