10 Ways to Promote your Book for Free (or nearly free)

So you’ve written and published a book, now you need to find some people to read it. You might think you need a marketing budget, but while paid ads are often successful, there’s loads of things you can do at no cost at all! 1. Write more books The single | Read more…

Forget Self-Publishing vs Trad-Publishing! Why Authors Should Embrace Both

In 2015 I attended the London Book Fair for the first time (If you’ve never been, go, you’ll learn a hell of a lot about how the book trade works). There I listened to a talk by author C J Lyons that completely changed my perspective. She said: Don’t think | Read more…

Last Day to Pre-order Great Escapes | Volume 1

The Kickstarter campaign for Great Escapes | Volume 1 finishes today! We’ve raised an astonishing £507 so far, a full £107 more than our target. For those who don’t know, Great Escapes is the first in a series of annual anthologies from The Great Escape where I am fiction editor. | Read more…

Great Escapes | Volume 1 – Kickstarter

The Great Escape launched in June 2011 without any particular plan as to how we’d find fiction content or what we would ultimately do with it. But, through a combination of competitions and invitation we managed to find content for nearly every month. Interest is growing as we go into | Read more…

Creating my first ebook – A journey (part 2)

In Part 1 I explained how I was using “How to Publish your own eBook” as a guide to creating my first ebook, The Star Coin Prophecy. Part three of the guidebook deals with how to create an epub or mobi file from prepared content, which can be used on | Read more…

Creating My First eBook – A Journey (part 1.5)

On Friday I will be posting a piece about how I converted The Star Coin Prophecy into an ebook, but before that I have a little rant for you. Why? Because during the course of researching the process, I found out I didn’t need to make an ebook at all! | Read more…

Creating My First eBook – A Journey (part 1)

I am not the world’s biggest supporter of self-publishing, as you may know from my previous articles (self-publishing, traditional publishing), but I do believe it has its place. I am currently gearing up to publish a 160 page anthology of short stories and micro-fiction for The Great Escape, in print, | Read more…

Mind the Middlemen

Are publishers inadvertently promoting self-publication? Back in December I posted a pessimists look at the option of self-publishing. My intention was for this to be the first of a three part series but things got a bit derailed. So, my apologies for the delay, let’s get on with the discussion. | Read more…

From dusty drawer to lost in the masses

A pessimist’s view on the option of self-publishing. When faced with rejection, the aspiring author used to have two options: consign the unpublished novel to a dusty drawer somewhere, never to see the light of day again, or take a deep breath, dive in, and rewrite and reword, repeatedly, until | Read more…