Indie Author To Do list

I started writing this at 5.30am, having spent the previous hour working through my ‘writer’s’ To Do list. It’s quite long – and writing another book isn’t even on it. One of the tasks is finishing a script for an Xpo North promo clip, which I’ve promised to do for a long time to thank them for the support they’ve…

Writing and weeding

I have started a new writing technique which is working well: instead of trying to sit at my laptop for hours and hours because ‘writing only’ days are rare, I am doing alternate timed hours of writing/something else. Yesterday the ‘something else’ was gardening because my recently acquired home is surrounded by mature, beautiful shrubs that…

Glasdrum country

I am having a fabulous visit home to Glasdrum country (Lochaber on the west coast of Scotland), the highlight of which is getting stocked in the new Highland Bookshop on Fort William High Street (http://www.highlandbookshop.com/). It’s so nice to see a new independent bookshop, and what a fabulous selection they have; I’m honoured to be…

Belladrum Book Talk

The other day an amazing thing happened. I gave a talk about my books at Belladrum Music Festival – and several strangers came up afterwards to buy them! It made me feel incredibly happy. Tearful, even. I think it’s because of something all writers (and other artists I’m sure) face on a regular basis: rejection. To experience…

Book 3 progress

I’m having a weekend of nothing but writing the sequel to Glasdrum, and after the first seven hours I have mixed feeling about how it’s going. One the one hand, after several weeks of painful early morning plotting, I have at last got the whole story for Book 3 mapped out – and this is…

Amazon and facebook ads for Indie Authors

This post is about my experience of using Amazon and facebook advertising for my two self-published novels. Disclaimer: this is not a guide to them in any way – I’m fumbling in the dark here, guessing as I go. It’s just a summary of my own experiences of using them. I’ve been using facebook adverts…