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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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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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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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Author Visit With A Difference

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I was recently contacted by a teacher at a local school who had set hedgehogs as the theme for a class project. She asked if I could visit the children and talk to them about the volunteer work I do with Herts Hogline (a small organisation that rescues hedgehogs). A date was arranged and I suggested […]

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My experiences with ePublishing

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A few weeks ago I was asked if I’d be willing to answer a few questions about why I’d decided to give self-publishing eBooks a try. As I’m always telling my students to reuse work I’ve decided to follow my own advice and share my answers here. So here they are: Q: Which books have you […]

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Writing and Publishing Seasonal Picture eBooks and Apps

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A few of years ago I wrote two picture book stories ‘Where It’s Always Winter’ and ‘The Perfect Christmas Tree.’ As the titles suggest they both have a festive or seasonal link. Once I’d completed them I sent to various publishers who I believed (because I’d researched their previously published titles) might be interested in them. […]

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