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Guest Blog Post at ‘The Passing Place’

It’s Indie October over at Mark Hayes’ blog, The Passing Place.  It’s not an easy journey for authors. 2020 has seen Covid lockdowns, government budget cuts for the Arts, an apparent paper shortage and print delays. It’s even harder for Indie authors… especially when we aren’t taken seriously. Follow this link to read my latest…

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When things don’t quite go to plan – but turn out alright anyway

Well, this is interesting.   Last time I published an eBook, via Smashwords and Draft 2 Digital (and listed it on Goodreads and my website bookshop), the entire process took about 3-7 days to sort itself out. With this in mind, and now my Patreon Adventurer Extraordinaire and above tiers have got their patron reward…

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The bad… the good… and the soon to be revealed

Okay… the bad news first: I doubt I will have A Fey Tale polished enough for publication before the end of the year.  Then there’s the beta reader round and final editing… Yes, blame Covid, if you like. It sucks. Depression and anxiety suck (the words right out of my head). I’m now aiming for…

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YouTube Video livechat October Reward Date

This month, I’m booked to attend an online writing course with Jim Butcher on the 10th (squee), so I’ll be doing my Patreon videochat reward on: Sat 17th, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm – (Adelaide time – ASCT). Check your time zones, and set your clocks. I’ll be chatting about upcoming announcements and secret projects.

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Doctor Jack & Other Tales: Beware Scammer Sellers on Amazon

It’s come to my attention that book scammers may be selling heavily discounted copies of my first book, Doctor Jack & Other Tales, on Amazon. The ONLY current edition of Doctor Jack is edition 2. Look for the title: Doctor Jack & Other Tales, with the SUBTITLE: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #1 –…

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An unforeseen change of plans…

This time last year I was preparing to release my latest steampunk novel, The Department of Curiosities. I was in New Zealand, with my Dearheart, doing Lord of the Rings tours on the North Island, and finishing up at the Oamaru Steampunk Festival, down South. We had a ball. Met Smaug, stayed in a Victorian…

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New Year. New Challenges. New Goals.

Goal #1: Getting Noticed  This year I’m concentrating on getting my name out there… People can’t read my books if they don’t know they exist! As an indie author I have to do all my own marketing, advertising and wangling to get my name seen.  And the best way of doing this is ‘word of mouth’,…

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When the Black Dog bites (may contain spoilers)

(This post was originally posted on my Patreon page on 25th May, 2018) Yesterday (last Thursday) was a very difficult day.As many of my readers and followers know, I suffer from workplace anxiety (and recently diagnosed as PTSD). It was a bad day. I had a major panic attack, following an emotional communication from my insurance…

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Aunt Enid Update

12-13 hours writing a day for two weeks and crashing iron levels. I’m exhausted. One. More. Long. Chapter. To. Go. Then it’s a final rewrite and resolving any persisting sticky notes… and to the beta readers! I’m cutting it fine but I’ve almost made up for two months of respiratory issues this year. I’ve bought…

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Aunt Enid is coming… Just running a bit late…

Aunt Enid should be finished later this month. I’ve had to reschedule the official launch to 21st May.  29th May. I’m still battling the respiratory issues from the burn offs when I was in Melbourne. Regular readers will know I get bronchitis from dust, pollution/smog and smoke. At least this year I’ve only had two…

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