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On Monday, this week, a large lorry pulled up outside my house with thirty brown boxes on board. Seven hundred copies of Splidge the Cragflinger had arrived from the book printers. Naturally, I was thrilled. The immediate question - where to store them? Initially my son, Billy, and I unloade...read more
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I've been using the micro blogging site Twitter for many years now and have always had a love-hate relationship with it. I love the way you can find people and strike up conversations, but hate the fleeting nature of the posts and the fact that if you are not on it, there and then, the chances a...read more
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Have you seen those strange pictures on the Internet that have writing on them as well as drawings or photographs? There are more and more of them popping up on the web and they look like an advert or a postcard or something cut out of a magazine. Well, these are called infographics. I suppos...read more
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I am thrilled! My first book, published with a proper ISBN number and by proper printers! In the photo, you can see the laminated covers stacked up waiting to be trimmed and attached to the inside pages of the book. Many years ago, when I left school, I worked for a small printing firm in Hor...read more
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Today is Super Thursday! It is the 9th October 2014 and it is what the publishing trade in the UK are calling Super Thursday. 315 hardback books are officially being published for the run up to Christmas. Famous names and famous authors are pushed to the front. These books are collectiv...read more
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Is it me, or are there lots of people who want to help me sell my newly published book? Ever since I published my children's adventure story, Splidge the Cragflinger, I have become very popular. I wish I could report that it was coming from children aged 9-12 and their parents, all eager to buy ...read more
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The digital revolution is everywhere. It is fast taking over the world. Maybe it has already. And generally it is a good thing. For children's authors who intend to self publish their work, it is not so good and I shall explain why. Children, as we know, go to school. There they experience, o...read more
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So this is the second book in the line of Poldark stories by the fabulous Winston Graham (sadly no longer with us). I read a little about his approach to writing this book from his autobiography 'Memoirs of a Private Man'. He spent a lot of time thinking and many rewrites to parts of the novel. ...read more
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One of the key points in my fictional novel, about a boy who takes a job as a Cragflinger and enters a competition to save the bankrupt kingdom, is its unhealthy environment. The story is set in an alternative England, somewhere between the 15th and 18th century, which I call it the Land of Gud....read more
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It is a truism that we make decisions based on first impressions and nothing is more true than with books. In the old days, when people stepped inside those strange shops that had shelves attached to every conceivable piece of wall space and loaded them with books, the wordy tomes could be opene...read more
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One year ago I was just going to bed and I stumbled down the stairs to say goodnight to my youngest son, Billy, who was the only person in the house at the time. It was about 10pm. The poor lad was suffering from a severe headache and trying to put his head in the freezer. I was a little worried...read more
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Buying your own books may not be the best way to make money, but the first bulk order of pristine books written by my own fair hand is exciting. And the reason for this egotistic spending spree? The answer is simple. I am to give them away to interested readers. Two strategies are at play here. ...read more
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This is exciting! I have a copy of the Splidge the Cragflinger, book 1, The Royal Tournament, back from Lulu.com. Having spent the past six months editing the text (in between writing book two) it is great to have a completed version of the work. However, I currently reading it from cover to cov...read more
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It has been a while since posting here and that is because I have been busy writing my books. I have now finished the first draft of book 2 of the Splidge the Cragflinger series. It is very rough and I have had Lulu.com print off a copy, so I can read it away from the computer and digest the sto...read more
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I have to say that I am thrilled that Worthing pier has been refurbished. I have watched over the past few months how workmen have been stripping out the old tat from the southern pavilion that used to be a nightclub, and started to open up and repaint and re-floor splendid art-deco edifice. It ...read more
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