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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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Just Like Baking Bread

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A month or so ago I treated myself to a new bread making machine. The plan was and still is to make gluten free bread for him-in-doors and speciality breads for me. When my bread maker arrived I excitedly unwrapped it, washed it out and plugged it in. I then realised I didn’t have at […]

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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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Taking Photographs For Social Media Marketing

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In my post last month I shared I was returning to social media marketing after a long break. I also shared that I’d learnt images are now ‘the’ thing to include in your Tweets and Facebook updates. The issue with having to find new images all the time is I worry about stealing a photographers […]

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App Reviews

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Last month I mentioned I’d treated myself to a Kindle Fire and had spent time not only playing games (well to be honest only the one Free Flow, which is very addictive) but I’d also explored a few writing apps. Over the last month I’ve been ‘playing’ with them and decided that I’d write couple […]

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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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