Hard Times with Hard Drives

It’s too easy to become complacent about your hard drives. Crazy really when you consider they are the guardians of your data, the keepers of everything you value that a few years ago you would have kept locked away in your filing cabinet or in photo albums. And yet you take them for granted. Why? Continue Reading →

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

Since writing the first two parts of this series of three, my recently published second novel, Delusional Traits, has been through various editorial mills and I hope emerged a better beast for it. I am still awaiting feedback from eagle-eyed readers, but I remain confident that it is fairly clean. Certainly it went through plenty… Continue Reading →

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

Since posting the first article in this series, I’ve been looking more closely at the problem of locating missing speech marks. It’s not an easy problem Continue Reading →

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 →