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Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines (And Ghosts of London)

  Here we go again. There’s a new Gillespie title on the way and I’m going mental. The build-up to a book release is insane. Just insane. There are so many things to do it’s surprising that more authors’ heads don’t spontaneously combust all over their laptops. […]

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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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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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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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2017 – Productivity Or Else

  Happy New Year everyone.  First of all, best wishes for the next twelve months.  And that goes double to you Bill Murray and all our other international treasures who didn’t die last year. Okay.  This is a short post about productivity, what I did with my […]

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L-2011 is now FREE!

  Hello everyone, It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to give you all a wee gift 🙂 To mark this week’s release of Mr Apocalypse – the second book in the Future of London series – I’m delighted to announce that the first book , L-2011, is […]

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