The finances of self-publishing

I’m excited because I’ve purchased ISBN numbers for my novels. I feel like a bona fide publisher. I agonised for some time over whether to make up a different publisher name or simply list myself as the publisher of my books. I’ve noticed many Indie Authors create a separate publishing identity, partly to make their…

Trouble on the self-publishing journey

The ‘fuck it’ stage I thought I’d document where I am on my journey to becoming an Indie Author: Bamboozled. Skint. Knackered. Not writing very much except To Do lists. I joked recently that becoming an Indie Author is more like setting up a business than being creative. Except it’s not that funny – it’s…

The story of a novel

It’s surprisingly easy to write a book. Think up a story line, a few characters, and off you go. 1,000 words a day for 80 days and it’s done. Even if you only manage 500 words a day, you’ll have an average-sized novel in 160 days. Six months. Not long. Four years later… Like many…

Working mother guilt

Working mother guilt really peaks at this time of year. It’s awful enough when I feel bad about not being with my children; not picking them up from school myself, not always being able to go to the endless number of school events that require parental attendance these days. But there are two weeks during the summer…

She was just 17…

That was a fast 17 ½ years… Someone said to me recently it was a shock when you raise your children to be independent – and then they are. Yes, it is! She was my first child so I counted developmental milestones with fervour. She learnt to walk, talk, put on her shoes, eat with…

…and then I fell out of the plane.

The log book I found in the drawer under my bed says ‘fell off airplane.’ And that’s what happened. It was the worst three seconds of my life. Even now, 21 years later, my heart races when I think about it. We were flying at 2,000ft when I shuffled into the open doorway. It was…

Facebook confusion

I set up my facebook Writer’s page, thinking it would be much the same as my personal profile. But when I posted a blog article, a message popped up. Did I want to boost this post for £3? I had no idea what would happen, but £3 didn’t seem like much – a couple of…