Down a dark hole

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) (I love this artist’s work!) Not a rabbit hole this time, but it does feel as though the week has vanished down a dark hole! Anyway, look at this! I’m creating my first regular blog post on the new site and I didn’t have to make sure I selected ‘classic’ from the menu first. That’s not going to take as long getting used to as it did remembering to choose it before. Thank you […]

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Publishing paperbacks continues

Image by Piotr Wytrążek from Pixabay Thursday After two late nights on the trot, I had a lie-in on Thursday. But even when I got to my desk, I still couldn’t get going. Despite trying several times to get into work mode, I just couldn’t. So I gave myself an official faff day instead, and I went through all of my self-published paperback books. I removed them from ‘extended distribution’ on Amazon, and started to publish them on Draft2Digital. I love […]

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Faffing with shiny, sparkly things again

Because it’s not as if I’m busy… When you go onto my author page at Amazon, it defaults to  ‘sort by popularity’. There, at the top, are the last three short stories I published on Kindle Unlimited. They’re all free for members, and they shuffle around a lot, but the reports aren’t showing any further activity. Scroll down, and Night Crawler Kindle edition is #8 on the list – or it was at the time of writing. The paperback is at […]

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New diary this week!

I started Monday off with some study time. I’ve downloaded 6 free courses from Reedsy that each consists of 10 x 5-minute ‘lessons’. So six of them equal 30 minutes of reading time. By the time I’d done this, it was 10:30am and I was well into my ‘my work’ time. Next up, I veered off into ‘client work’ territory and had a quick look at the outline for ghostwriting gig #6. I sent my feedback back, I wrote Monday’s […]

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Paperbacks underway

I’m delighted to say that the paperback versions of all of my self-published books are now underway. I’ve been umming and ahhing a lot just lately about whether to put all of my eggs in one basket or whether to scatter them about a bit. I really, really, really do like Draft2Digital and, as an ebook publisher and distributor, they are really, really, really good. However, they don’t do hardbacks, and while they do do paperbacks, it seems that their […]

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Project reboot

So, after my little tantrum yesterday, Amazon have now accepted Diary of a Scaredy Cat. Draft2Digital did their thang, and they got it through. At the time of writing, they’re still working on getting Twee Tales Twee up there, but at least Diary of a Scaredy Cat is there now. You can by the ebook here, in multi-format, and from here, on Kindle, directly from Amazon. Project reboot With the end of full lockdown, I seem to have found a new energy. We […]

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Twee Tales Twee now available! (and a bit of a rant …)

At the end of last week, I decided to gradually move all of my ebooks over to Amazon. However, before I could do that, I had to make sure that they were all published first. And before I do that, I want the designs to be consistent. I do love publishing my books on Draft2Digital. They make the books available on all ereaders, not just Kindle, and they have a paperback publishing tool too. Not only that, though, they also […]

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Moving back to KDP – for now

As we inch ever-closer to the 1,000 followers mark, so too do we get closer to the competition to win a bumper pack of all of my published paperbacks, including the two books from Pen & Sword. Oh yes, and chocolate … This means that, alongside everything else that I do, I’ve been checking that all the paperbacks are there. And if they’re not there, I’m publishing them. I self-publish everything I produce myself on either Draft2Digital or Lulu, apart […]

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Tuesday 12 November 2019 (list alert!)

I had a busy week last week removing most of my self-published books – ebooks and paperbacks – from Amazon KDP. I’m setting up a proper publishing schedule and re-releasing them all on Draft2Digital, initially just as ebooks for now.  I’ve heard so many horror stories about Amazon and how they display their authors’ books (or not) and about them removing reviews. They also want exclusivity, and I don’t like that either. If I decide to publish hardback books again, […]

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Repackaged, rebranded and republished …

… and removed from Amazon KDP. Only the ebook is available at the moment – or it will be once it’s been through the process. The paperback will follow, and that, in turn, will be followed by the audio book. I’ve been meaning to transfer all of my own books from Amazon to Draft2Digital for such a long time. I finally decided to do it when I realised D2D were now printing paperbacks on demand. The first thing I had […]

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Week 1 didn’t go well

I started the year with great plans to catch up with the backlog and crack on with new stuff. (Wow, I got a dropped capital.) (Hmm, not sure if I like it or not.) It hasn’t gone well so far … I’ve checked the job boards every day, but nothing has taken my fancy – or nothing that didn’t need doing Right Now. And I’ve managed a blog post every day so far – all three of them. Yesterday I […]

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It’s all so complicated!

The news that Amazon’s CreateSpace is being swallowed up by Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing spurred me into action yesterday, a little. The first thing I did was contact KDP with a few questions. While I awaited their reply, I set about researching an alternative. CreateSpace was always the paperback arm of Amazon’s self-publishing platform. KDP was what morphed out of their Kindle-publishing platform. Some time in the past year or so, CreateSpace offered the ability to also publish on Kindle […]

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Temporary change of plan

Due to the changes at Amazon CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, my plans have changed slightly for the next few days. Well, they’ve changed completely. I don’t think KDP is as good as CreateSpace. I don’t think it’s as easy to use. I don’t think it looks as professional. And it looks as though it may cost me more in the long run as KDP seem to insist that you order a physical copy of your book to proofread, at […]

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