Tagged: publishing

Blunderball Paperback Now Available

There’s less than a month to go until Flash Fiction Month 2019, but I’m happy to announce that Blunderball – my anthology of flash fiction from Flash Fiction Month 2018 – is now available in classic dead tree format!

The paperback is available on Amazon UK, as well as basically any other Amazon store you’d care to look for it. You’ll find it in a bunch of other shops too, and usually somebody in Australia starts offering these things on eBay sooner or later, so basically just get one where such things are got. Continue reading

See Me at Portsmouth Publishing Weekend

On Saturday the 2nd of March, I’ll be appearing as part of a panel of self-published authors led by Debbie Young of the Alliance of Independent Authors. This in turn is part of the 2019 Writing and Publishing Weekend, organised as part of Portsmouth BookFest.

The Publishing Weekend sounds like an absolutely fantastic event, and I’ll be sticking around for the whole thing even though I only have to be there for an hour on Saturday afternoon. There seem to be a lot of great people involved, most notably:

Scott Pack is also the Unbound editor who initially took an interest in Ten Little Astronauts and, more recently, provided the structural edit.

If you’d like to attend the Publishing Weekend, tickets are £30 for either day or £50 for both. This compares very favourably with the Winchester Writers’ Festival (which runs to hundreds of pounds but admittedly is a larger three-day event). You can order online here, though do make sure that you’re booking for the Writing and Publishing Weekend specifically – that page offers tickets for everything going as part of BookFest 2019. More details about the Publishing Weekend can be found on this page in particular, including directions to the venue and the full programme for both days.

I hope to see you there! If you are planning to go, please do let me know in the comments below – you can leave one without having an account or even providing an email address. I’m just that chill.

Guest Post: Shona Kinsella

You may have seen Shona Kinsella’s recent review of Face of Glass, but what you might not know is that she’s actually written a work of Prehistoric Fantasy herself. Ashael Rising has not only been launched, but successfully funded through Unbound! I think you’ll find the story behind the book very interesting, and if Ashael Rising itself piques your interest, you’ll be happy to know that although it’s passed 100% funding, there’s still a chance to chip and and get your name in the back of the book as a supporter (among other great rewards)!


Ashael Rising: How it All Began

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I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. As a child I wrote stories in notebooks that I carried with me. In my teens, the film Bucket List was a big thing and Write a Book was number one on mine. As an adult, I never thought I would actually get around to it; I mean who has the time? But I still squirreled away ideas, guarding them jealously against the possibility that I would win the lottery and become a lady of leisure.

About nine years ago I had a dream that, immediately upon waking, struck me as one of those ideas and though much of the dream faded, the final image has stayed with me all these years. Continue reading

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Self-Publishing

I’ve been meaning to write a post on exactly this kind of topic myself. Handily, however, Jason Whittle has already put together a good one so I’ll just leave a link here!

It’s only been a few days since I introduced my Welsh coalmining disaster story duplex Aberfan and Senghenydd to the world, but already the lessons have been coming thick and fast. Here are ten of …

Source: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Self-Publishing

Flash Fiction Month and Future Plans

Flash Fiction Month 2015 starts today! From now until July 31st, I will be writing, editing and posting one (very) short story every single day. I can’t say what the stories will be like. I can’t say when I’ll manage to collect them together into a book. What I can say is that the cover will be blue.FFM 2014 Temp CoverThe “rainbow party” colour convention for my Flash Fiction Month books started entirely by accident, and like a lot of things I’m involved with mostly got going because somebody on the internet said “Heh, that’s funny.” Based on the first cover featuring an orange object and the second cover featuring a red one, somebody spotted that it would be possible to make the book covers form a rainbow as the series went on.

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That was reason enough for me to go ahead and do it, but the design had the added bonus of making the paperbacks identifiable by their spines, which aren’t always thick enough to have the titles printed on them. It also meant that I could reliably turn one free stock image into an eye-catching book cover, which is really handy because I can’t afford to commission a book cover a year.

The thing is, the colour scheme itself seems to suggest something of a natural end point: orange, red, purple, blue, green, yellow. After that (barring a bold move into the non-visible portions of the electromagnetic spectrum) I’m out of colours. The only way I can really go beyond six books is to start again at orange, and that’s exactly what I intend to do. There may be a limited pallette of colours, but there’s a virtually infinite range of coloured objects. Still, that means that each run through the spectrum will form something of a complete set. Continue reading

Winchester Writers’ Festival 2015 Writeup

Last weekend wasn’t my first time at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, but thanks to a scholarship from the University of Winchester, it was the first year I managed to attend the entire event. That really made quite a difference, since the full range of day courses, talks and workshops offered far more variety than I could have got from any individual day. It was particularly useful to be able to get advice on both writing and publishing. Here’s how the weekend went:

Friday:

Each day of the festival starts (if you get up early enough!) with coffee and an opportunity to chat to other delegates. For the first two days, this was also an opportunity to wander around the Book Fair. I was really keen to make the absolute most of the weekend, though most people didn’t turn up until a little later.

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Unless stated otherwise, these photos were taken by an actual photographer, rather than me.

Being there at quieter times was pretty handy, because when it got busy (such as immediately after Sebastian Faulks’ keynote speech) it actually got a little difficult to move about the place. I got talking to Matador (on the far left) who were kind enough to spread the word on Twitter. Continue reading

Bionic Punchline Paperback Out Now

Fans of big purple bionic boxing gloves rejoice! My third free collection of flash fiction stories, all of which are readily available on this very website, is now available in a non-free paperback format!

Bionic Punchline Front Cover

I’m really pleased with how this turned out, because the boxing glove took the most editing out of any of the cover images so far. It was also the first cover made without the direct assistance of JD McDonnell, though given that he left me with a very solid format to follow, I’m nut sure exactly how much I could screw up on my own. Continue reading