I have deadlines coming out of every pore. As I have gotten used to working with copy editors and book cover designers, I have had to develop an almost draconian technique to deadlines, dedicating parts of my day to dealing with editor emails, approving book covers and coming up with some sort of marketing plan. It … Continue reading Deadlines
After a lot of umming and ahhing we finally have the final cover for the first book in the Coats Trilogy. I am terribly excited. The cover for Black Coats had to be redesigned as the lovely designer outdid himself with the book cover for the second book in the trilogy, The Fall of the Reds, … Continue reading Final (final) book cover for Black Coats
So it has been a long and arduous but rewarding journey. I had several ideas for what I wanted the book cover to look like and the cover designer was simply amazing and very patient with me. These were the first two ideas we were moving along with however I wasn't too sold on the first cover … Continue reading Final Cover for Coats
So I got set a task by my book cover editor - what is the theme? My soon to be published book, Coats, is a trilogy about the prefects, namely Black Coats and Red Coats, at a boarding school in the English countryside. I had visions of the school, its grounds, the hallways, snippets of their … Continue reading Coats Mood Board
Have you ever gotten so mad at a character in your own bloody story that you have taken to chastising them or sworn at them as you were typing? No? Well I have.
This is the start of a new year. You have 365 new days to create compelling characters and worlds whether you are a comic book creator, writer, poet, painter or creative of some sort. We have a new gift of 365 days. Some people didn't make the 1st of January 2017 and some people won't … Continue reading 365 Days
The woods first thing this morning. London, particularly North London, has been shrouded in a heavy dense fog that is causing all types of chaos. Behind the wheel of a car it is nightmare but walking the woods with the dogs and the fog becomes a dream.
By the end of 2014 I had amassed 15 different stories, all completed manuscripts - some were trilogies, some were prequels, some were 150,000 words novels that my proposed copy editor, Ms W, suggested I split into two books instead of one. Our conversation went a little like this: 'Most books are 75,000 words.' She said this … Continue reading Why self publish? Why now?
I have met quite a few people in the last few days at my local coffeeshop who have asked me what I am doing (I am normally furiously typing) and then proceeded to talk about my writing and decision to self publish. The number of people who then tell me about the book that they … Continue reading Start now
That is my dilemma. Well it really isn't a dilemma but I do have to decide. Sometimes words work better when spoken aloud I have been toying with the idea of vlogging my writing processes for about 4 months now and I think sod it I am just going to do it and probably be … Continue reading To vlog or not to vlog