July 9th, 2015
First, thanks to Megan for last week’s blog. She talks to students on a regular basis, hearing their problems and their successes. So, she’s in an ideal position to offer advice on how to get the most from your course and the time you spend studying with us.
As well as keeping tabs on what is happening with students, I also talk to our tutors to see what they’re picking up from student comments. Are there any particular issues? Are there any new opportunities or perceived threats?
One thing that seems to have come to the fore again recently is ‘vanity publishing’. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 8th, 2015
Our kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.
My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.
“Are you the author?” I said.
“Yes,” she said
And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 30th, 2015
Carole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »
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August 15th, 2014
I published my e-book, ‘The Dark Side – Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic’ on Kindle 18 months ago. I’m proud to say that I’ve sold approximately 3,500-4,000 copies to date. Since publication, it has never been out of the top ten best sellers list in the Allied Health Professionals sub-genre, often taking the number one position. It has remained in the top 40,000 in the UK Kindle charts for the majority of the past 18 months and continues to sell on a daily basis. I published ‘The Dark Side, Part 2’ a few weeks ago and that is already selling just as well.
So, how did I do it? These are my tips: Read the rest of this entry »
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