Under New Management

I recently re-acquired the rights to my debut novel, The Shelter, and I’m currently re-editing it (I’ll explain why later), and by the time I’m done it’ll have taken me around 30 hours to re-edit, re-format and list the bugger. Self-publishing is like having homework everyday for the rest of your life. The Shelter wasContinue reading “Under New Management”

Rapid Releasing and Amazon’s Short Reads

We’ll get to ‘Rapid Releasing’ and Short Reads in a moment, but first I have to tell you about the loudest noise I ever heard. It sounded like a shotgun discharging at close range and it made my cat, Mr Mau, bolt from the couch. It happened while I was sitting down, doing nothing atContinue reading “Rapid Releasing and Amazon’s Short Reads”

Why Selling Books Is Hard

The numbers are terrifying. According to R.R Bowker LLC (which issues ISBN numbers used by librarians to track titles), in 2003 there were 300,000 new titles and re-editions published in the US alone. Compare that to 2011, when that number jumped to 3,000,000. Then look at 2019, when, according to Berrett-Koehler Publishers, it jumped againContinue reading “Why Selling Books Is Hard”

Book Blogs – Thoughts in Progress

I’ve finally got my cat, Alfie, to stop lying on my typewriter long enough for me to put something down, so I better take the opportunity to write before King Alfie wants his throne back. It’s a stop-start spring outside my window and I’ve just spent longer than I care to admit searching through aContinue reading “Book Blogs – Thoughts in Progress”