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

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...

Dragon Shift & Dragon’s Heir

Dragon Shift & Dragon’s Heir

I did it! I published Dragon Shift! I am now a novelist! I have been talking about writing stories and jotting down notes of ideas for stories for so long that there is a sense if relief now that my first novel is published. And people have bought it! That is also...

Self-publishing 21: pricing

Self-publishing 21: pricing

For the next post in my series on self-publishing I am talking about pricing. I will be looking solely at purchase price and will not be considering Kindle Unlimited or methods for maximising page reads. I am a wide author and so page reads are not something I'm...

deja vu

deja vu

 A new year, a new start, and a new lockdown? It feels like we've already done this.Shouldn't we be further on? And yet we are back home schooling, with limited chances to see anyone beyond the four of us, and most shops shut. Now, while I understand and completely...

Annual review 2020

Annual review 2020

A year ago I set myself the target to publish at least my dragon shifter book this year. I also choose Focus as my word of the year, and wanted especially to apply that to routines, words, clearing, and togetherness.  Well, this year was not the year that most of us...

Dragon Shift – about to publish!

Dragon Shift – about to publish!

Dragon Shift - the first book in my epic fantasy series about shifters, magic and finding yourself - is about to publish. So as an exclusive for my blog readers, here is the first chapter. Chapter One Music chased itself through the trees. Sounds of a flute and a...

Self-publishing 20: copyright

Self-publishing 20: copyright

Copyright is a complicated subject, and this shouldn't be taken as legal advice.  There have been a few high shock stories making the rounds of indie authors where books have been plagiarised and put for sale by someone else. For many the idea of their work being...

More thoughts from abroad

More thoughts from abroad

 The year is coming to a close and on a day to day basis the coronavirus isn't affecting us much anymore (touch wood). We have learnt to live with the restrictions and mostly remember to wear masks when we go shopping. Schools are still open and the amazing technology...

self-publishing 19: front & back matter

self-publishing 19: front & back matter

Your front and back matter are all the pages you put in your book that aren't the text of the book itself. These are different for ebooks and printed books, so you need different versions of them for each type of format you are creating. At the front of the book you...

A new look!

A new look!

 If you are a regular reader then you will no doubt have noticed that I have updated the theme on my blog, so that it is a bit sleeker. It is the latest in a series of steps to make my blog more of a website with a blog attached, as I have more static content and as I...

Self publishing 18: formatting

Self publishing 18: formatting

For my next instalment of this series on self-publishing I am going to look at formatting. Once you have your manuscript finished, edited, proof-read and polished to perfection you then need to make it look as good as it can for publishing. And you need to choose if...

Today is the day!

Today is the day!

Realms of Fae and Shadow is live!  This book contains eight stories, one by me, which all lead into full fae series. I have read all of the other stories and thoroughly enjoyed them. I've also read some of the later books, those which are published already, and I am...

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