2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale ?>

2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale

The Smashwords web site is having its 2018 Summer/Winter Sale from 1 – 31 July. It’s called a Summer/Winter Sale because while it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the summer hemisphere. Smashwords obviously likes to to make sure all their customers can benefit. My short story, “The Interview” is free instead of $0.99 (£0.75) and my novel, “Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round” is $1.00 (£0.76) instead of $2.00 (£1.52) for the duration of the sale.

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords ?>

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords

As you may know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November. People attempt and often succeed in writing a 50,000 word novel during that month. As you may also know, Smashwords, the self-publishing site has a special programme to promote Nanowrimo novels and gives the opportunity to publish your draft Nanowrimo novel on its site during November. Don’t do it. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Do It If You Want a Traditional Publisher. Because once your…

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TWISTED – 101 FICTION.COM – UNICORNS ?>

TWISTED – 101 FICTION.COM – UNICORNS

Bit belated news – I’m happy to say that Twisted, my 100 word story (or drabble) has been accepted by 101 Fiction and has been published on their website – www.101fiction.com. The idea is that the story is one hundred words and the title is one more = 101. Clever eh? The theme of the latest edition is unicorns. My story is near the bottom so persevere and you’ll find it. The unicorns themed edition was published on 4 March…

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Happy New Year ?>

Happy New Year

Yes, I know it’s rather late for a Happy New Year. In fact, I’ve just squeezed it in. But still. Happy New Year. I hope it’s as happy a new year for you as it is for me. I’ve had a short science fiction story, The Boom Show, published in the British Fantasy Society’s magazine, BFS Horizons for January 2018. This makes me very happy apart from one thing. Trying to be green, I decided to have paperless copies of…

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I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it! ?>

I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it!

Yes, I won the Nanowrimo writing challenge (again) this year. But, ahem, not without a certain amount of what some might call cheating. Oh all right then, what nearly every would call cheating. I cheated. I admit I did have cheating as part of my back up plan but I was fully intending not to do it. I had a number of technical difficulties during Nanowrimo. I also didn’t make life easy for myself by going on holiday for ten…

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Nanowrimo 2018 ?>

Nanowrimo 2018

Nanowrimo has rolled around again. And this year, I’m planning to try something new – the first of a series. It’s an urban fantasy about a young woman who is transformed into a dryad while holidaying in New England. I’m slightly nervous as I’ve never tried to write a series of novels before and all the technical stuff I’m reading about how to write a series is putting me off slightly but hey, it never hurts to try – right?…

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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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