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Whatever Happened to Ivan Drago?

  The ‘what if?’ question. It lies at the heart of all the best speculative fiction. It’s a simple little two-word question that can lead to so many great premises that span multiple genres – alternate history, science fiction, horror, dystopian, apocalyptic – to name but a […]

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The Indie Books That Never Were

  Sometimes I like to bitch and moan about writing. The hours are too long I tell myself, the rewards too few. I’m not the only author who does this I’m sure. Sometimes when we put out a new book it’s like hitting a baseball into outer […]

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Authors! Why Kittens Are Not Your Friends

  Writing with pets – especially young ones – is tough.  It’s a unique challenge all on its own.   Yes, I’m sure children are hard work too but do they crawl up the curtains like hairy-tailed ninjas and tear out the fly screen just to annoy […]

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FAB: Revolver – What Is It?

  Write the book you want to read.  Isn’t that what they say?  In other words, write the book that no one else in the world can possibly make but you. I might have done that by accident with this latest one. FAB: Revolver.  What is it? […]

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TIP: When You Finish A Book, Don’t Have A Blank Page Waiting For You

  If I could give one piece of advice to writers hoping to gain some momentum with their work, then it’s this: When you finish a book, don’t have a blank page waiting for you. (Yep if you haven’t finished a book yet this probably isn’t the […]

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Movie Recommendations – T2 Trainspotting and Logan

  After a couple of weeks binging on Hammer Horror movies at home (Yes I still prefer blood that looks like paint and fake, crappy looking bats with strings attached over CGI), I finally got back to the cinema to see something new. Here are a few […]

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Amazon Ads for Authors – A Few Tips

Hey everyone, This isn’t an in depth post on Amazon ads.  It’s just a few thoughts based on my initial experience using Amazon’s handy wee marketing tool.  If you’re just starting out and are looking for a fairly comprehensive guide on how to get things going with […]

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Why I’ve Decided To Launch A Patreon Page

  As somebody else said, if Kickstarter is a one-night stand, then Patreon is going steady. Wanna go steady with me? A small announcement.  I’ve decided to start a Patreon page and I’ll briefly explain why.  By the way, I’m not asking random strangers who have no […]

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Self-Publishers CAN Wear Two Hats. Knuckle Draggers CAN’T Handle It

  Yesterday I was reading a short, fairly innocuous article about self-publishing on a random business website.  It was basic stuff, nothing groundbreaking and I skimmed mostly.  But when I got to the comments at the end, I noticed that the first one was yet another sneaky little […]

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A Blog About Failing

  I think about failure a lot.  Past failure, present failure, the possibility of future failure – you name it. Out of all of these it’s the past failures that really bite me on the bum and motivate me to work harder.  Maybe it’s just me but […]

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