WHY SELF-PUBLISH?

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THE INDIE PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT: PREPARATION #1  I will never forget dancing around the kitchen after my agent called to tell me that my first book (Dog on a Broomstick, Corgi Pups) was going to be published.  When it came out in 1997 I went into bookshops and gazed at it on the shelves, sneakily pulling it forward or resting it face up in the hope that sales would correspondingly soar.  […]

BOOK REVIEW – I LET YOU GO BY CLARE MACINTOSH

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Let’s Twist Again… These days, if you want to write a bestselling thriller you need a great twist. It puts your readers in an exclusive club; they talk in hushed, excited tones among themselves and refuse to divulge the secret to anyone else.  Nobody likes feeling left out, so what do they do?  Buy the book.  Think of Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep or S.J. Watson’s latest novel, […]

THE INDIE PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT BEGINS!

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Self-Publishing, Indie Publishing… There’s an awful lot of it about.  You can spend all day every day reading self-published author blogs, visiting self-publishing websites, downloading free guides, buying How To books, or watching interviews and webinars by gurus such as Joanna Penn, Ben Galley or Joel Friedlander.  And that’s before you get round to reading the books all these self-published authors are trying to promote.  I wonder how they ever […]

THE CROOKED HOUSE – BOOK REVIEW

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THE CROOKED HOUSE by Christobel Kent. It will suck you in to its dark, sticky mud… Alison is a survivor.  She didn’t make a heroic escape, rescuing others along the way.  Nor did she clamber over dying bodies to get out of a burning plane.  She just wasn’t murdered.   For years she hid, living in a new place with a new identity, refusing to confront the past, burying the family shame […]