Chapter two of my Wattys2018 longlisted young adult, Celtic-mythology-based, urban fantasy novel ‘The Seagull’

So, 'The Seagull' didn't make the shortlist, but I'm still very excited at having made the longlist.  Here's chapter two for anyone who isn't on Wattpad and wants to read it Chapter 2 Louis looked up as the seagull called sharply from above the wave-ship. The vessel seemed to emit an aquamarine light, like the … Continue reading Chapter two of my Wattys2018 longlisted young adult, Celtic-mythology-based, urban fantasy novel ‘The Seagull’

Publishing a debut novel as a middle-aged unknown author: The good, the bad, and the downright frustrating

As an unknown author who has come to publishing (and back to creative writing) in my 40's, one of the hardest and most frustrating things I've come across is book promotion. More about that in a bit, though.... I'm going to start with the positives. Because there are lots. The Good thing about publishing your … Continue reading Publishing a debut novel as a middle-aged unknown author: The good, the bad, and the downright frustrating

Chapter one of ‘The Seagull’ (part one of the Longhand trilogy), longlisted for the Wattys 2018

Hi anyone who's reading.  This is the second draft so there will still be lots of errors - probably involving semi-colons, hyphens and rogue commas.  Please feel free to offer constructive feedback.  (By constructive I mean politely worded, not mean 🙂 ... always helpful to have problems pointed out nicely...)   "Aargh, aargh," screeched the seagull … Continue reading Chapter one of ‘The Seagull’ (part one of the Longhand trilogy), longlisted for the Wattys 2018

I’m in shock. My young-adult urban fantasy novel, ‘The Seagull’ has made it onto the 2018 Wattys longlist

To be honest, the title says it all. After another night's insomnia (this time I'm blaming my personal trainer for making my back muscles scream), three checks of the Wattys 2018 longlist, lots of reassuring messages from the lovely people on my Wattpad notifications list, an official notification this morning, and having to clean up … Continue reading I’m in shock. My young-adult urban fantasy novel, ‘The Seagull’ has made it onto the 2018 Wattys longlist

The Times in Self-Publishing Are Changing reblog

This was interesting. As a newbie self-published author who has always written what I want as well as I can, it would be nice to think that some of this might be true … if I had any fans that was 🙂

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

There’s no doubt that some things are changing in the self-publishing landscape. This year has marked things I never thought I’d see when I started publishing on Amazon and Smashwords back in 2009. Back then the big thing was setting up free or cheap ebooks in order to gain a readership. Ebooks were new, and people buying e-reading devices were looking for content. This led to a boom in self-publishing I never thought I’d see. I honestly expected self-publishing to remain the redheaded step-child of the publishing world. Then somewhere around 2012-2014, it became popular and took off.

Around 2015, I started hearing about self-publishing becoming less lucrative than it used to be. Granted, there were some breaking out and making a lot of money. Some were making much more than I ever did at my peak. Some authors are still flourishing in this landscape. It seems to be mostly…

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How Hot Is It? “Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years!” Reblog from Sally Ember

Sally Ember, Ed.D.

Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years MARK KAUFMANAug 27, 2018 The last three Julys on Earth have been the three warmest ever recorded. But, they may also be the warmest months to occur on our planet in about 120,000 years. Following NASA’s recent announcement that July 2018 was the third warmest such […]

#auspol #qldpol #ClimateChange #StopAdani #EndCoal #Drought #Bushfire #Heatwave @SciNate @ScottMorrisonMP — jpratt27

via Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years! #auspol #qldpol #ClimateChange #StopAdani #EndCoal #Drought #Bushfire #Heatwave @SciNate @ScottMorrisonMP — jpratt27

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Is there really such a thing as ‘glamping’? Sleeping in leaky tipis; wet walks; swimming round a choppy lake in the rain and medieval mayhem with whingy 9-year-olds! How to round off a sabbatical year in style…

That's it... It's done.... Next Tuesday I have to go back to reality and start work again after an amazingly productive year off. I'm in two minds about it.... But that's not what this post's about. So, as some kind of mad rebellion, I filled the last few weeks of my sabbatical to the brim … Continue reading Is there really such a thing as ‘glamping’? Sleeping in leaky tipis; wet walks; swimming round a choppy lake in the rain and medieval mayhem with whingy 9-year-olds! How to round off a sabbatical year in style…

Strange sheep; ancient buried neolithic villages; stone circles; Grebes; amazing beaches; birdwatching and shipwrecks. Day two and three of our anniversary Orkney trip seems like an age ago but was only last week

I am so behind on the posts I've meant to write that it now seems like an aeon ago and not last week that my lovely husband and I were in sunny Orkney! We are currently on our way back from a VERY soggy family camping trip in the Lake District on the train! I … Continue reading Strange sheep; ancient buried neolithic villages; stone circles; Grebes; amazing beaches; birdwatching and shipwrecks. Day two and three of our anniversary Orkney trip seems like an age ago but was only last week

Puffins, Great Skuas, ancient ruins and shipwrecks. I’m not sure I can fit my 3 days in Orkney into one post and we definitely didn’t get everything done

I am officially exhausted, but our flight back from Edinburgh to Gatwick is delayed, so now seems like a good time to start writing a post about our ten-year wedding anniversary to Orkney. We packed so much into three days and have so much that we'd like to have done/seen/tried if we'd had time, that … Continue reading Puffins, Great Skuas, ancient ruins and shipwrecks. I’m not sure I can fit my 3 days in Orkney into one post and we definitely didn’t get everything done

Yvette Blake the evil ex-model in my debut psychological suspense novel, Dunn. How did someone like her get sucked into a cult like the Salvation program?

I started this post a week ago and then got sidetracked by my amazing anniversary trip to Orkney. More on that to follow..... I'm too exhausted to work out where to start with that. It may be tricky to fit it all into one post.... so I'll finish what I started and post this before … Continue reading Yvette Blake the evil ex-model in my debut psychological suspense novel, Dunn. How did someone like her get sucked into a cult like the Salvation program?