Reviews, freebies and the future

A lot’s happened in the past month, so probably not a bad plan to do a quick update. First up, I got married. Go me. Secondly, I’ve been pushing to get more reviews for The Medicine, as a good number of people giving it the thumbs up goes a long way to helping spread the…

Who wants a free book?

Hey you? Yes you! You like free stuff? Yea? Well you’re in luck, because this weekend there’s a free book on Amazon. Well, I’m sure there’s lots of free books on there, but one in particular that I think you might like. This one:     It’s free for the next few days for anyone…

Kew Gardens: a huge inspiration

Quite a few people have asked me where I got the idea for The Medicine from and I usually give a varied version of the answer found in the book’s acknowledgements. However I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone what really fleshed out the story for me. This first spark of inspiration came when listening…

A month on from publishing…

A little over a month on from self-publishing my first novel, The Medicine¬†where am I am? Well I’ve managed to sell just under 50 copies, at least 10 of which I think we can safely say are down to relatives being kind and supporting me. The rest though, has come from some orchestrated self promotion….

How many edits is enough?

So I’m currently proofing my novel one final time, because it had some really dumb errors in it. The kind you really, really should have caught in the last proof read. Or perhaps it was the last proof that created the errors. This is the point. When does a piece become “finished?” Of course a…

What my first attempt at self publishing taught me

Self publishing has been an interesting ride. I stand on the threshold of having a book I wrote, in my hands – the print proof should be arriving tomorrow – and it’s got me thinking about what I’ve learned from the whole process. There’s certainly some things I’d do differently and there’s a few that…

  • Mar 13, 2013
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Home stretch

It looks like The Medicine is finally, almost ready to go on sale. Just a bit more wanking around with Amazon to get the final print proof out to me and then we’re good to go. And I have to finalise my tax immunity with them or they’ll take 30% of my profit. And I…

Getting there

I’ve been going through the whole Amazon Createspace process for a while now – for those that don’t know, it’s Amazon’s print on demand, self publishing business – and it’s been grinding forward at a sedate pace, as they are pretty damn slow at replying. Not the worst ever, but expect at least 48 hours….

It’s alive!

Finally I have a personal website. Having run a professional one for years, it’s quite nice to finally have a space that’s more me. Still, if I want anyone to ever hire me I better keep this at least moderately civil. So welcome to my new site. I hope you find it easily navigable and…