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My musings about the world, self publishing, living abroad, and my author career.

Looking for short stories? I can help

Looking for short stories? I can help

I am super excited to share that I have a story in the next Fall into Fantasy anthology. This is a collection of fifteen short stories across all aspects of fantasy, and it will be publishing on the 21st September on Amazon. My story is a re-telling of Aladdin. And I...

Self publishing 27: serialisation

Self publishing 27: serialisation

Another format to publish your stories in is through serialisation. That means putting small sections (episodes or chapters) out one at a time.This is a tried and tested way of publishing - most of Charles Dickens books were published a chapter at a time through...

Self publishing 26: printed versions

Self publishing 26: printed versions

So far in my series about self-publishing we have mainly talked about the production of ebooks. Now, these aren't the only type of books that you can create. In fact, there are a myriad of different formats - paperback, hardback, large print, audiobook, serialisation,...

Fae Fair & Fae Secrets

Fae Fair & Fae Secrets

It was a bit of a rush to the finish, but Fae Fair was published on 29th April. I even managed to have the paperback available for launch as well.And I have been blown over by the feedback that I've got so far. Reviews are really important to authors, as they help us...

Self publishing 25: Conferences

Self publishing 25: Conferences

For my next post in this series on self publishing I am looking at conferences. These are a great way to keep learning about writing craft, as well as marketing. And they also allow you to network and meet other great authors in your genre you could, in the future,...

Fae Fair – Chapter One

Fae Fair – Chapter One

Fae Fair – the first book in my epic fantasy series about fae, horses and magical bargains – is about to publish. So as an exclusive for my blog readers, here is the first chapter.Chapter One: The worst brother in the world Footsteps thumped up the stairs. Zoe slumped...

Self publishing 24: Bestseller lists

Self publishing 24: Bestseller lists

Being a best selling author is something that sounds impressive and many people have that as their goal when they start publishing. Whether being able to say that your book has been featured on a best seller list is something that drives sales is up in the air, but t...

Fae Fair is nearly here!

Fae Fair is nearly here!

Fae Fair publishes in just over a month! Somehow that is not very long away now. It was so far away for ages and now it has almost crept up on me. I am pleased to say that I did get the manuscript to my editor on time, so we are on track to get everything ready for...

Self publishing 23: your ideal reader

Self publishing 23: your ideal reader

One concept that really helps to clarify how to position your book in the market is the idea of your ideal reader. While you want as many people as possible to purchase and read your books, you also need to define exactly who you are targeting. With the myriad of...

Fae Bargains – available now!

Fae Bargains – available now!

I have reorganised my newsletter and made Fae bargains available for my subscribers as a free download. Fae Bargains is the prequel to the Lost Princess of Starlight series, and it was available as part of the Realms of Fae and Shadow anthology at the end of last...

Self publishing 22: timing & rapid release

Self publishing 22: timing & rapid release

Once you have a plan to release a book, or a book series, you then need to think about the timing of those releases. Both in terms of when during the year you publish it, and also how quickly after each other you can publish the other books in your series.Best months...

2020 effort analysis

2020 effort analysis

This post is probably more for me than anyone else, but this is a follow up to last year's post looking at what I achieved in 2019. Now looking at 2020!In 2020 I wrote more words than in the previous three years combined. I also logged three times more hours worked...

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