Cover Confusion

Over the past few weeks book cover designs have been coming in. Here are a few I’ve shortlisted.



A Practical Guide to Marketing a Self-Published Novel (step one)


Turning The Great Book Swindle Fiction into Fact



Fours years at university, completing a degree course in creative writing, have given me the confidence, techniques and inspiration to complete a novel. It has also helped reaffirm that writing a novel is only a part of becoming an author. There are thousands of finished drafts hidden away in drawers that have only been read by their creators. An author needs readers like flowers need the rain. Without this vital ingredient the book stays as a seed hidden beneath the ground.

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Writer’s Open

Every tenth tweet from other writers complains of writer’s block. This is something I’ve never suffered from. Quite the opposite, I have to quell new ideas otherwise my novels would never get finished. The plots form in my sleep and progress. The good ones wake me, demanding to be written down. I looked up the only antonym for block: open. How do you stop writer’s open? Read More



Sutton-In-Ashfield Sailings Club’s Open Day Sunday 15th April

All are welcome to join in the family fun


The fun begins at 10am and you’re invited to have a go at sailing dinghies on Kings Mill Reservoir, under expert tutelage. For over fifty years the club has promoted the exciting sport of sailing on one of the region’s most idyllic beauty spots. In this year, where Olympians will be competing on the waves, you too can feel the exhilaration of harnessing the wind and racing across the reservoir or maybe take a leisurely glide across the water. Read More.


Buckets of Blood and Bare-chested Bestiality

It’s now been two months since my invasion into the blogosphere. According to my stat counter my readership is now spiralling into the dizzy heights slightly beyond the quantum of known friends and family and I’m twittering to authors from across the Atlantic.
The tweets from indie writers, from the USA, seem to follow a strong trend: vampires, werewolves and shape shifters. I leafed through an old copy of Bram Stoker’s classic to help give my re-tweets some credibility. I needn’t have bothered. Read More.