For the Love of Anachronisms

Back in the computer age, people had time to read books. Steampunk is a genre of subversion, not only due to the actions of its characters but also for the ways its writers play with reality, creating imagined histories and technologies of science and fantasy. Inspiration can be drawn from both science fictional histories and …

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Two Months Until the Release of The Eternal Machine.

My first Advanced Reader Copy has arrived from Amazon, and finally this self-publishing gig is starting to feel real. For a few seconds I just stared at the envelope, afraid to open it in case I'd messed up the formatting or not centred the cover properly when I uploaded the PDF. I then bit the …

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Confessions of an Accidental Self-Publisher – Part 3

Difficult Decisions... After much reading and rereading of my multi-rejected novel, I realised it was time to work out exactly what I wanted to do. Give up? Or punish myself further? Before deciding, I combed through it for the umpteenth time, and gave it my most critical eye yet. There was one particular chapter in …

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Confessions of an Accidental Self-Publisher – Part 2

Learning Curve... One of the first things I learned when I decided to write a novel was: “You can’t polish a turd”. Many a time I’d written a story that appeared so unworkable the best course of action was to save it under ‘trash’. This strategy seemed the kindest thing to do. I have since …

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Confessions of an Accidental Self-Publisher – Part 1:

Without Thinking... When I started my first and hitherto only finished novel nearly fourteen years ago, I had dreams of it being picked up by a major publisher. Sometimes I imagined an agent would discover me. But the more I wrote, the more I’d see myself as a victim of self-delusion. All too regularly I’d …

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