I first ran into Jane when someone recommended her historical novel ‘I Stopped Time’ which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved ‘An Unchoreographed Life’, a contemporary novel about a dancer and single mother. But as well as being a great writer with seven published novels to her name, Jane is an example to all ‘indie’ authors … Continue reading An interview with Jane Davis (and free novel offer!)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that in our brave new world of publishing (sorry, mixing my literary allusions here) the author has to sell as well as write. This is particularly the case if you are self or indie published, but I know for a fact that even friends signed up by the ‘big … Continue reading Selling your books – two great resources
This week I entered a self-publisher’s competition which involved reading other people’s novels. As a marketing ploy I thought this wouldn’t work at all. I skim read like mad, searching for the answers to the relevant questions and paying little heed to the writing. The chance of my forking out for any of these books was … Continue reading What price the 70s?
When I’m approached to review a book a lot depends on the mood I’m in, and when an intern from SilverWood Books popped up offering a free copy of Cells by Harriet Grace, I was definitely in two minds. The subject matter – infertility – didn’t really grab me. Was I ready for an ‘issues’ … Continue reading Cells: self-published literary fiction
“A complex tale of love, truth, identity, self-discovery and betrayal which shuttles between Jamaica and London, from the turbulent 70s to the present day.” Jenni O’Connor’s description of her self-pub e-book is an excellent summing up. The heroine is Monique, a journalist of Jamaican descent who goes back to Jamaica for the funeral of a … Continue reading e-pub review: Reach for a Different Sun
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will be aware of my dilemma about going for the self-publishing option, which is why I’ve been taking a particular interest in the recent crop of publish-to-kindle books issued by otherwise unpublished novelists. I think I’m trying to work out: a) ) how my own work compares … Continue reading e-publishing review
It’s been a while since I wrote my Twitter profile (go on, read it), but it’s one I’m still quite happy with, at least until this week, when a perceptive follower (thanks Derek!) asked what the ‘breakthrough moment’ it mentions would actually look like to me. My first reaction was to reply ‘a book deal’ because … Continue reading The audience is out there