I will not be able to post copies of The Baby Box from Thursday 8 August until Monday 9 September. PLEASE DO NOT ORDER AND PAY FOR A BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE HAPPY TO WAIT FOR DELIVERY. You can obtain the book from Amazon in either paperback or ebook form. Thank you.
Anyone out there who has read my memoir, The Baby Box, could be forgiven for assuming that I am an only child. One friend certainly did and said that being an only child explained why my mother was so harsh with me. No, my mother was harsh because I upset the middle-class, domestic apple-cart big … Continue reading Whose Memory?
I've enjoyed a week of Fairs in the past 7 days. On Thursday 14th, I went to The London Book Fair courtesy of Indonesia, ie I had a free ticket. I wanted to catch up with the team at Matador Publishing http://www.troubador.co.uk/matador and to see another indie publisher Fairlight Books http://www.Fairlightbooks.co.uk . I remember, from trawling … Continue reading Book Fairs and Art Fairs
Since the publication of my memoir The Baby Box, I've received a few cards, many emails and, from the brave ones, telephone calls. Various reactions have been felt by readers, some too personal to repeat here. The main message was that the book was read rapidly (I couldn't put it down was a frequent comment), … Continue reading A Review of The Baby Box
My memoir The Baby Box was officially published yesterday. However, the book has been available since the end of January and I've been enjoying a busy time selling copies. Therefore I've already received emails, cards and telephone calls from readers with their, always encouraging, comments. Two questions about the book have repeatedly been asked: the … Continue reading The Baby Box a Memoir: Was I an only child?
After all the hard work, the several proof reads, the agonizing over whether we had missed a mistake in the text, dreading that the cover wouldn't look good (it does) and compiling a list of people who might buy my book directly from me - I had 200 copies in my room - I'm on … Continue reading Towards Going Public
With 8 boxes of my memoir, The Baby Box, hot off the press, it is time to concentrate on marketing and selling. However, before that I want to run readers through the process of publishing with Matador, now established as the leading publisher for those who want DIY publication. The first step for me was … Continue reading THE PRE-PRODUCTION STAGES OF PUBLISHING
At the weekend, I listened to Jeremy Thompson, Managing Director of Troubador Publishing, talking to @PaulTeagueUK about the 7th Self Publishing Conference to be held in Leicester on Saturday 27 April. As usual Jeremy was easy to listen to, informative and enthusiastic. I first heard about Troubador’s self publishing company, Matador, two or three years … Continue reading The Start of the Journey towards Publication
Apologies for cribbing the contents of this post but my right hand is in a splint and typing is tricky. We have just enjoyed the Small Wonder Festival at Charleston, so-called because it is dedicated to short prose and fiction. This year, the sixth recipient of the only award to recognise long-standing creativity and achievement … Continue reading Small Wonder Festival at Charleston
I’m late with a new blog this week and my head’s all scratchy with guilt. I’m following an 8-week course with the UnthankSchool.com on writing the short story. As well as a crit from the tutor, the students read everyone’s writing each week, post comments and ‘chat’ online on Sunday mornings. Whilst I’m flattered by … Continue reading Writing Help You Must Have