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That’s The Way To Do It!

June 8th, 2015

R.Belligerence-BlogOur 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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The London Book Fair

April 24th, 2015

PuzzlebookblogLast week the London Book Fair was held at Olympia from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th April. I made several contacts at the LBF last year (the first time I’d ever attended), resulting in me getting contracts for five picture books. This year I attended on the Tuesday and one of my first meetings was with Ms Mudit Mohini, the director of Vishv Publishing, who have just published my picture book ‘Where’s the Puzzle’. Here she is giving me my author gratis copies. I had meetings with several other publishers too and found it a very useful day.

Even if you are a new writer, with no publishing contacts, I’d recommend that you attend next year, if only for a day. It’s a really interesting place for authors, writers or anyone interested in publishing or books. There’s so much to see and learn. Most of the major publishing companies have a stall there, so you can see their latest books and pick up a catalogue to browse through. Remember to take a notebook and pencil with you, to wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in and take a bottle of water. Refreshments are available if you want them, but the queues can be long. Read the rest of this entry »




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Where There’s a Will …

March 30th, 2015

Knights-Vampire-BlogCarole 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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Finished!

January 26th, 2015

Fireworks-blogHey, I’ve made an album! All my own songs. I played most of the instruments too. It took a year to record, and we did the final session last Tuesday. So that’s it – job done. I’ve just got to sell the thing now and … oomph! … there I am, back to Earth with a bump.

Seems like polishing off an album is just like finishing a collection of poems, a set of stories, or a novel. After all the great creative work, you have to get down to business. Should you release the thing yourself (self-publish)? Or try for a record company (publisher)? Who’ll do the artwork? Should you get a stock of hard copies made, or just go digital? And what about marketing? Read the rest of this entry »




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First Floor – Writing, Articles and Stories – Going Up!

October 1st, 2014

Palak-Shah-blogDoes the name Palak Shah mean anything to you? Probably not (yet). But listen, she lives in Vadadora, a university city with a population of 1.8 million which sits on the banks of the Vishwamitri river in Gujarat, western India. With an MBA in finance, she’s already worked for four years with multinational companies, and spent three years as a professor in educational institutes – so she’s a bright spark. Read the rest of this entry »




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