Category Archives: Getting Published

The struggle to get read: getting past the agents and publishers to the read readers, the ones that buy/borrow books, the ones that really count. I think.

The Fleet Quintet is now the Free Quintet

I’m giving away the first four books I ever published free for the whole of July.  As this is a Smashwords campaign, it means the books can be downloaded onto any device, which is nice.  No faffing about there, then! … Continue reading

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The sheer utter misery of approaching literary agents: the days of the rejection slip are over

When did literary agents start treating authors like shit?  I’ve spent the better part of 30 years trying to find an agent.  If I’ve failed, it’s because my work was either utter garbage or wrong for that agent.  But there … Continue reading

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Working out my novel’s genre

This should be easy.  When you cross several genres,  it starts getting tricky.  It’s not really fantasy.  It could be cosy fantasy but that’s such a lame-sounding description.  The series is going to have bits of sci-fi too, just to … Continue reading

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How to Write a Good Book Synopsis (part 2)

I couldn’t reblog this one but it’s worth reading as it’s much more straightforward and do-able.  Also, it gives the LENGTH of the synopsis which I’ve never actually known.  It’s also quite reassuring – agents KNOW writing a synopsis is … Continue reading

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COMMENCES in review!

I can’t believe I’ve reached this point!  It’s taken over twenty years to turn COMMENCES into a novel that is actually readable!  Now in review on my Kindle Bookshelf, it’ll be out by the end of the week.  I’m REELING … Continue reading

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Please let me know what you think of the blurb for my new book

Billions of years ago, before the artificial universe, there was the Fleet.  Fleet personnel number 50 – mostly known as Dett – sees a spacial dissociation in Fleet space and realises the control sector is broken. She interacts violently with … Continue reading

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The price you pay for teeny tiny fonts

I have – miraculously – got the price down on my novel TRANSFERENCE and better still, it’s the sort of price you’d expect to pay for a paperback. One of the many cruelties about self-publishing (and that’s a long list … Continue reading

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