What I’ve learned about self-publishing (part 3) – ebook vs paperback

When I set out to self-publish my book, I almost made a huge mistake. I considered my own reading habits and the fact that I split my reading between my Kindle (other reading devices are available!) and hard copies. This means in paperback, unless I really like the author and then I treat myself to... Continue Reading →


What I’ve learned about self-publishing (part 2) – marketing

For many (or possibly most) people, marketing doesn’t come easily. It fills you with the image of cold callers and hard sellers, but in reality it can be much more subtle than that. In fact, it can be as simple as recommending a book to a friend. You’re marketing on behalf of the author. But... Continue Reading →

The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday

Today I welcome onto the blog my lovely friend Susi Holliday, who also writes as SJI Holliday. Susi has written three crime novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun, which are a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. They are: "Black Wood", "Willow Walk" and "The Damselfly" - all featuring the much... Continue Reading →

How do you beat writer’s block?

This recently came up as a question on my GoodReads author page and it’s something that’s worth addressing. There are days when you sit down to write and the words just won’t come. No matter how hard you try you can’t squeeze even a sentence onto the page. Some days may be so awful that... Continue Reading →

Why I prefer PR to marketing

To most people these two concepts are the same thing, but there is a subtle difference. My take on this is that PR (public relations) is about building relationships with your audience, talking directly to them and sharing information both ways. Marketing is all about getting your product under the audience’s nose to try and... Continue Reading →

What’s next after publication?

If you were anywhere near my Twitter or Facebook accounts on Saturday, you may have noticed that I finally self-published my debut crime novel, A Deadly Rejection. Apologies if I deluged you in messages, but I was rather excited. There’s no denying that Saturday was a very surreal day. It was the day when I... Continue Reading →

The day has finally arrived!

The big day has finally arrived and my debut crime novel – A Deadly Rejection – hops up onto the digital shelf. It’s taken a long, long time to get to this point. I first started to write the novel that turned into A Deadly Rejection about 10 years ago. It took me two years... Continue Reading →

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