Writing and launching a novel, part 5 of the Lockdown Series! Promos! Kindle Countdown Deals!

Welcome to another (hopefully) helpful and mildly amusing installment in my series of blog posts on writing your debut novel. If you haven’t read the previous parts of this little series you can find part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE , part  3 HERE and part 4 HERE. Read them first, then come back. Take your... Continue Reading →

Some more tips on how to write a novel. Part 4 of the Lockdown Series – Getting early reviews & dealing with bad ones.

Hi, good to see you again! If you haven’t read the previous posts in this little series you can find part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE , and part  3 HERE. Read them first, then come back. I'll just sink a few beers while I wait. Alright then. First let's talk about reviews, and the importance of... Continue Reading →

More tips on how to write a novel. Part 2 of the Lockdown Series – Once your book is finished. What next? Blurb, beta readers, cover, editor etc.

It's a lovely sunny day here in the west of Scotland but we're all still stuck indoors aren't we? So here's the second part of my series on writing a novel. Enjoy! Part 1 is HERE if you haven't read it yet. Right, you've finished your book and think it's bloody great. Don't you? Well... Continue Reading →

Some tips on how to write a novel, from first idea to publication and beyond. Part 1 of the Lockdown Series -Developing your IDEA.

In case you're wondering why I'm writing this instead of working on my own new druid novel, well, my wife and kids are at home all day during this lockdown and, personally, I find it difficult to get into the "zone" when the house is occupied and there's distractions. But I can still write blog... Continue Reading →

Author? Launching a new novel? Here’s some tips that might help you hit number 1!

This article came to be when I was asked by the Historical Novel Society to write something outlining how I went about launching my latest novel, The Druid. Some of the tips will not be relevant to you, and that's fine - these are just things that I tried with this particular book and it seemed... Continue Reading →

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