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Month: September 2017

Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook! ?>

Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook!

I’ve just published Dribs and Drabbles, a free ebook. It’s a collection of short stories of varying lengths, from twitter fiction (140 characters) to drabbles (100 words) to flash fiction (less than 750 words) to a short story of nearly 2,000 words. The stories include Scrooge, a retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol, completely original tales such as, The City From The Sea, and Red and the Alien Wolf, a rebooted Red Riding Hood. Currently, it’s available on Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo…

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Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels ?>

Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels

You know when you’ve had a brilliant idea and think you’re really clever, only to find out that others have had it as well? It seems to happen quite often in Hollywood with ” twin movies” such as Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached or Antz and A Bug’s Life. Well, it happened to me recently. While browsing at Smashwords.com, I came across a couple of other authors who’ve done the same thing as me, retro-engineered a classic novel…

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Story Samples at Smashwords.com ?>

Story Samples at Smashwords.com

I was recently browsing through the books at http://www.smashwords.com and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems…

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Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course ?>

Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course

I’m just back from a week long Editing Fiction course run by the Arvon Foundation. I had the pleasure of spending my time in an old country house in the beautiful Devon countryside. I wish I could say the sun shone every day but it didn’t. There was no internet access or WiFi, which drove some of the other people on the course crazy but I found it refreshing to have no distractions from the outside world. I really enjoyed…

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