Proofreading and Editing – what you can do yourself before you call in the pros – Part I

You know the feeling – you’ve got to the stage with your new best seller where it’s been through several drafts. You’ve read it, hated it, changed it and polished it. All that remains is the proofreading and editing… Continue Reading →

Another Great Review for Rare Traits

Things have been fairly subdued on the sales front over the past couple of months, so it’s very encouraging when another five star review pops up out of the blue. On 29 June on Amazon US, a lady called Robyn Carter posted the following review, the first  for a while: Best book I have read… Continue Reading →

Hong Kong: Book Reading/Signing and a Radio Interview!

Our recent trip up to Hong Kong for three weeks from our winter hideaway in Phuket had a number of goals. First and foremost, we were there to see the Hong Kong branch of the family: stepdaughter Zoe and granddaughters Lily and Phoebe – do you recognise the names from Rare Traits? Continue Reading →

Ink or Liquid Crystal? – Why Not Both?

Ebooks are brilliant, but printed books are far from dead. If you are an indie author, you really should be maximising your options by going for both. Read on… Continue Reading →

Paperback Publishing Through CreateSpace : Putting ‘Rare Traits’ Into Print

Many indie authors are choosing to stick exclusively to the ebook route rather than suffer the depressing frustration of the myriad slammings-of-door-in-face that inevitably accompany trying to get a book accepted by a publisher or jumping through the hoops required to get their book into the correct shape for print-on-demand.  Continue Reading →

I Don’t Have A Kindle; How Can I Read Your Ebook?

If you are an indie author or otherwise enlightened, you of course know the answer and you can stop reading here. Still with me? Then the snippet of information in this post could be useful to you and may even result in you reading my book! Since publishing and promoting my novel, Rare Traits, as… Continue Reading →

15 Minutes of Fame

In an attempt to kickstart  some sort of sales for my newly released first novel, Rare Traits, I took advantage of Amazon’s KDP deal and put the book on free promotion for two days last week. My daughter sent notifications round her impressive network of business contacts and I contacted just about everyone I know via email,… Continue Reading →

Book Cover Design

I may be a cynic but I believe that convincing anyone of anything is 90% presentation. For a book, especially for an unknown author, that has to be the cover. I know, I know, you can’t judge a book, etc. But people do, especially with the plethora of books popping up on Amazon daily. Having a… Continue Reading →

A Watershed

My daughter, Lea, has been a quiet but steady force behind the marketing of Rare Traits. She wants to see the old man published and she knows he is struggling with the brave new world of social media and with strutting your stuff online. Continue Reading →