Six Reasons Not To Write A Book

This is the cliff face that all authors face…


What’s killing the indie author? Writers are sensitive souls often plagued by despondency, worn down by mindless promotion, and the inability to find a reason to not write. So I wrote this…

woman-trowing-booksDo we really need any more books? The enormous volume of material available to download to Kindle alone renders the vast majority of new books coming onto the market, as more or less invisible. The number of books being published has exploded. According to the Bowker Report in September 2016 more than 700,000 books were self-published in the US alone, which is an increase of 375% since 2010. This doesn’t account for commercial publishing, or those 13 million previously published books recently made available to Kindle. Surely, the market cannot absorb this amount of reading matter? The market is completely saturated.

The cost of visibility is increasing Readers and new authors might be shocked by the…

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And the Tower is Back, Baby!

Well, the rewrite of “A Beginning” has not only been completed, but is also published and available to buy again!
There’s a sneak peek from the second book in the end matter as well as the rewritten main story, so I’ve tried to pack a lot into a little book…

The rewrite of Book 2 – “A Party at Castle Grof” is underway, as is the writing of “The Quargard Chronicles” (as mentioned in my last post) – a collection of stories and poetry based in the world of Quargard. That’s going to take me a while to put together, but hopefully it will have illustrations as well.

I’m also planning a limited edition hardback of twenty of each of the series books. The first ten of “A Beginning” will be numbered and will only available as a Goal on My Patreon Page, as a thank you to anyone who chooses to support me.
Again, this edition will have illustrations and maps of the dungeon that the book takes place in, and will take me a while to put together, so keep your eyes peeled!

Places to buy:

Smashwords –

Amazon e-Book –

Amazon Print Book –

Also available via Kobo, Apple and Barnes & Noble

I’d better get on and write now… before my kids interrupt me again!


August Catch-up: Writing, Planning and Life-in-General

This last month or so has been a bit of a rollercoaster… (cue earworm)

My goddess that song makes me feel old… (ahem)

Anyhoo, where was I? Oh yes, Life… well, I’ve been having a certain amount of entertainment with the first Trimester of pregnancy; it’s made me tired, unable to focus and not eat a lot.  Surprise Bump (SB from here on in) has essentially kiboshed a whole load of plans that I’ve been making about my writing career.

However, those plans have been made and are now being sorted out (at a slower rate than I first wanted them to) and I at least know where I’m going, even if I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get there…

I’ve said before that I would be re-releasing “The Tower and The Eye” this year.  Having had some great feedback from readers and my stalwart group of Alpha/Beta readers on “A Beginning”, I’m almost at the point where I could release it back onto the world with some new content… well I would be if I didn’t keep finding bits that I can expand and make more interesting!

The Original Cover by Elizabeth Bank

Hopefully I can have this one out by the end of September, which means I can then work on getting Book 2 out by January.  In between which, I have NaNoWriMo coming up – I still haven’t decided what to do for that yet – maybe I’ll stay in the world of Quargard and work on the Story collection I’ve had on the back burner for a while .

“The Quargard Chronicles” will contain never before seen stories about various characters, some poetry (and no I’m not joking about that) and a fair bit of background to the world in general… I might even make it an illustrated book.

The last piece of news I have is that I have another Patron! Yes, I now have two people who believe in my work enough that they’re willing to spare some cash each month to help me publish my work.

If you’d like to join them, feel free. My Patreon page is:

Now, I’d better toddle off and get some sleep – before I accidently delete half my book through exhaustion!

Have fun!