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My Writing Journey – 72 Hours To Novella

April 13th, 2018

I’ve wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. As a child, in the pre-Harry Potter days, I read adult books with lots of pages like Jeffrey Archer and Maeve Binchy, and longed to write like them. Unfortunately, life got in the way and for one reason or other my ambitions were shelved.  However, I never forgot my dream, but just earning a living and paying the bills meant there was never enough time for writing.  Years later, I enrolled on the Writer’s Bureau course in 2016 after I saw an advertisement that piqued my interest, and I found the course materials and the tutor to be second to none. I had a period of illness, which led to a long period of absence from work, and I found the coursework therapeutic. I thought to myself, maybe this is my time to follow my dream.

Six months after I started the course, I heard about a writing competition that takes place on the American holiday, Labour Day weekend every year, which involves writing a complete novel in just three days. I didn’t have much time to prepare but I was determined to enter. My husband was out of the house that weekend on a short break so it was a perfect opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Real Books Are Back in Fashion

October 16th, 2015

Bookstore-Indie-blogFirst, thanks to Jan for last week’s blog. She provided it a little earlier than expected – so apologies for not mentioning that she would be my guest in my previous post. I hope it encouraged you all to enter our Short Story Competition. If it gave you the nudge that you need, don’t forget that the closing date is 30th November!

I was interested to read that Waterstones are to stop stocking Kindle e-readers. There was much made in the article about the resurgence of proper, paper books. Apparently, sales rose 3% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period the previous year. This is the first time it’s happened since 2012. However, in the same period the sale of e-books rose by 2%. So what do you make of that? Read the rest of this entry »

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Seven Essential Tips for Selling Your Kindle Book

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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Traditional book or e-reader – which do you prefer?

May 6th, 2011

I must confess that in the run up to the Royal Wedding I would do pretty much anything to avoid the media frenzy. But when it came to the actual day I couldn’t resist – and I did enjoy it! The Abbey looked stunning with its avenue of trees, the couple looked well matched and genuinely happy and I found the hat-watching fascinating. It obviously inspired you, too, as we had over 80 entries for our Royal Wedding Sonnet competition. We’re still working our way through them, but we should have picked a winner by next week. Read the rest of this entry »

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