The Big ISBN Question and ISBNs In A Nutshell

The Big ISBN Question and ISBNs In A Nutshell

Yay or nay?  That’s the big decision when it comes to ISBNs.  When you’re self publishing, do you buy your own or not?  A relatively simple question, one might think, but opinion is (as with most things) divided. Some of the accepted advice is that you don’t need to buy your own ISBNs. That’s not […]

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Return of The Blurb

Return of The Blurb

Hah! Screw you procrastination – I did it. Maybe. Despite some time spent sneakily watching that new James Spader show over the top of my laptop while I tweaked and faffed, I think that possibly, probably, perhaps the blurb is done.  At last.  I thought that over a week ago.  I passed my two choices […]

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The Blurb Strikes Back

The Blurb Strikes Back

I had thought that I could leap back into editing my damn book, which is fresh back from the copy editor, however, the blurbs for The Septic Circle, have once again raised their ugly heads to blight my evenings.  I was quite pleased to have finally finished three of them, recently, and then managed to […]

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Attack of The Blurb

Attack of The Blurb

Just when I thought it was safe to dump my laptop on the floor and get some much needed sleep/gaming time, I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t yet written the blurb for The Septic Circle.  Bugger.  Cover aside, the blurb will be my single most important marketing tool.  Well, in retail.  It could be argued […]

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It’s Off To See the Wizard

It’s Off To See the Wizard

Well, that’s it.  The moment when I get to stand, teary eyed, as my baby leaves my sheltered embrace… for the big world of the copy editor.  Yep.  Having finished a final edit and made my deadline with time to spare, The Septic Circle has been sent off, along with a ton of extra info, […]

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Tantrimming – Or ‘How to Drive Yourself Crazy Over Trim Sizes’

Tantrimming – Or ‘How to Drive Yourself Crazy Over Trim Sizes’

I’ve never been one for making decisions quickly and, most of the time, actually making one is usually as impossible as trying to trim Chuck Norris’s beard with anything other than a diamond cutter. You can just imagine how tough the self-publishing process is for me in that respect. With no traditional publisher to make […]

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Beta Copies Incoming… This Post May Contain Pretty Things

Beta Copies Incoming… This Post May Contain Pretty Things

Having slightly skidded over my deadline for the first edit of The Septic Circle, and eating into my allotted time for beta reading, I realised that I hadn’t budgeted any time to allow the actual copies to be printed and get to me in order for me to send them out to my test subjects.  […]

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Beta Rockers: Beta Reading, Yay or Nay?

With the first edit pass done (the deep edit, as I call it), I’m about to embark upon a second edit before the Septic Circle manuscript goes off to the copy editor at the end of the month.  There is, however, one more step on my path to self-publishing that comes in between now and […]

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The Self-Publishing Journey – What The Fuck To Do Next

Writing a book is hard.  Going down the self-publishing route is, undeniably, harder.  I must have spent/wasted almost as much time reading blogs/articles/advice on the self-publishing process, searching for copy-editors, searching for cover designers, looking into interior formatting, finding out about overseas tax issues, messing about with WordPress themes, writing blogs/tweets, emailing, despairing over marketing […]

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First Draft Complete: The Septic Circle

I haven’t had that feeling for a long time now… that feeling you get when you finish a book.  The last time I had it was when I finished Time’s Grim Machinery, the third book in my fantasy series.  That was a rather disgraceful four or so years ago.  Now that I’ve written that down […]

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