This is the first of a monthly series, New Book Releases. My aim is to introduce you to new authors and books you may not have heard about. The books will be in various genres and I may even throw in the occasional non-fiction title. The posts will be up on 2nd Thursday of the month. This … [Read more...]
Advice for New Authors: Five sure-fire ways to find your book’s genre
You’ve finally written your book and now people keep asking you what genre your book falls into. But the last thing you want to do is to pop your valued, unique work into a box, so you say, ‘It doesn’t really fit into any genre.’ Wrong, I'm afraid. On Amazon Kindle store there are thousands of … [Read more...]
Do You Read Erotic Fiction?
If you like romance, you may also like reading erotic fiction There was a time not so long ago, when erotic fiction in the UK was confined to shady Soho establishments, and even the fabulously stylish The Erotic Review (now sadly no longer available in print form) was posted in … [Read more...]
Advice for New Writers Part 9: When to Start Editing?
When should you start editing your work? This can be a tricky decision. Do you wait until you've reached a certain amount of words? Or when there's an 'r' in the month or a full moon? Perhaps you've got into the habit of editing as you go along? Editing while you write I used to edit while I wrote … [Read more...]
Support and Kindness from Other Authors
When I started my writing career, the one thing I didn't expect was support and kindness from my fellow authors. In the beginning, I even thought every other writer was my competitor. But how wrong I was! Over the years, mainly through the Alliance of Independent Authors, but also through just … [Read more...]
How to Attend Indie Author Fringe
The virtual doors of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) third Indie Author Fringe event open at 10am Frankfurt/9am London, Saturday October 22nd. Here’s how to attend and get the most out of our Online Author Conference, and how to join in conversations with Sponsors and Speakers on the … [Read more...]
Novel London Reading
Join me for an Evening of International Fiction! Travelling and books are a marriage made in heaven, right? That's why the next Novel London First Chapter Reading will take place in Travelling Through Bookshop and Cafe, a culture hub with a special focus on world culture, art and travel. And I'm … [Read more...]
Do you like literary festivals?
I'm delighted to be able to tell you that there is a literary festival happening here in London next month. If you like discovering new authors and listening to book talk, you should come to the Triskele Lit Fest in London on 17th September. As luck would have it, I will also be there, displaying … [Read more...]
What do people REALLY think about Brexit?
It's now about two months since the UK voted to leave the EU. You may know that I was really quite upset about the Brexit vote; in fact the result, and what happened in the country immediately following the referendum, affected me so strongly emotionally, that I didn't post much about it on social … [Read more...]
Today is exactly 4 years since my first novel, The Englishman, was published. I remember that day pretty well - I'd pressed the 'publish now' button the night before and in the morning as I woke, I saw from Amazon that the book was available to buy. What a feeling that was! To celebrate, the … [Read more...]