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A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris Métro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

Ever had the feeling you’re going round in circles and never getting anywhere? I get that a lot with trying to figure out why a book sells or a free book is downloaded.  I have three free books I give away all the time, see the links at the end of this piece. For no […]

When you’re writing your latest novel you will at some point have to make changes to your plot. Even the simplest of stories is likely to need a necessary tweak here and there. But with a complex story-line, you can’t think of every scenario in advance that may pop into your head as you’re writing. […]

I wrote in a previous posting that you should give your readers a free book. It’s a good strategy because a permanent free book can be used as an advertising vehicle for your paid books. The more you give away the more you are likely to sell. It’s similar to content marketing in that the […]

Sex between consenting adult partners is one thing, but if you’ve taken a vow of celibacy and you break the vow, what punishment would you expect? In our modern era a vow of celibacy is probably not something where breaking the vow ends in swift and final retribution. But not so in ancient Rome. Vestal […]

In my writing career it’s something I’ve heard and said many times. “We’re only human and we all make mistakes.” With spelling in the English language it’s true enough and I’ve made some howlers. We are only human and those two words are used in the way of forgiving a tiny error that didn’t hurt […]

If there’s one thing in this life that is certain, it’s that there will always be someone out there ready and willing to steal your book from you. Picture this scenario A friend tells you about a great new service they have discovered, where you can buy best-selling books, any books in fact, on kindle, […]

If you’re not interested in why I give books away for FREE, then just skip to the bottom of the page for the links to my FREE books. There is nothing simple about being an indie author trying to make a living from selling your books on kindle. You have to write your book, edit […]

“Am I a good writer?” It’s a question all writers ask themselves and I’m sure we all answer with a tentative, “Well, I think so.” There is actually only one way to test that question. Put your writing out into the public arena and see what sort of reaction you get. The problem there is […]

As an indie author you have to make yourself wear a lot of different hats. Your writer’s hat is different to your marketing hat. It’s the marketing hat that can sometimes be the most time consuming. If you’re not careful, you will find it takes up more time than the actual writing of your books. […]