Take One Picture Book And Add A Story Sack

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We all know (I hope) that reading stories is an invaluable experience for young children. It helps them develop a wide range of important skills including developing their listening and communication skills. But many people seem to stop there with picture books but introduce a story sack to the equation and the learning opportunities expand […]

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My Top Ten Writing Tips

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I look back to when I was an aspiring author, smile and ask myself “how did I ever manage to get published?” Apart from being able to string a few words together I knew nothing about the business of becoming published. Yet somehow I managed to become a published picture book writer. However if I […]

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What’s the Benefit of Your Book?

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When I’m not being a writer I work in education, so I’m continually undertaking CPD (Continued Professional Development) and every once in a while I revisit old notes to try to rediscover something I’ve forgotten. Recently I came across some notes I’d made whilst reading a book by Paul McKenna entitled ‘I Can Make You […]

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Inspiration from apps

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Just before Christmas I realised I had some store vouchers that needed to be spent. So I went online looking for something sensible to spend said vouchers on. To my surprise I discovered I could purchase a Kindle Fire for the grand total of £9.00 (once the vouchers had been redeemed). So I pushed the […]

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Cover Story: Meet The Tricksters

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Whilst working on my latest collection of short stories I decided I’d ask my talented niece (Sam Davy) to design the ebook cover for me and then I’d also use her design for the print version. When I came to create the cover for the print version I rashly decided to create a cover from […]

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Coyote Tales Retold – New Book Released

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I’m so pleased to be able to announce my latest collection of trickster character themed short stories ‘Coyote Tales Retold’ is now released and can be downloaded in ebook format from all Amazon sites (UK – US). It took me just over a year to research and write this latest collection of short stories. It was […]

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Book Authors Resale Rights (BARR)

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I recently stumbled across an old news piece (16/06/14) released by the ALCS (Authors Licensing and Collecting Society) stating they had teamed up with Book Barn International (a second hand book seller) were launching a pilot scheme that would compensate authors when a second-hand version of their book was sold. This system is known as the Book Authors […]

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Rediscovering The Art of Writing

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When working on a new article or short story I usually work directly onto my laptop to create my first draft. I think this is because I followed my dad’s advice (one of the few times I did during my teens) and learned to touch type, so it feels natural to work this way. However […]

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Seven tips for marketing your ebook

In a blog post I wrote for Authors Electric last month (Retelling Tales – It’s Been Done Before) I hinted at my latest book. This month I’m pleased to announce my latest ebook featuring the rogue that is Brer Rabbit is now available for download from Amazon (UK – USA). The book contains eight retold tales all […]

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How Teaching Is Helping My Writing

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The few days ago I was talking to a friend who has just started a new job, which she’s loving. She’d come to the conclusion that in her previous job she reached a dead end, hence the move. Once we’d talked about her new job she asked me how my writing was going. “I just […]

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