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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Oh Those Ambiguities…

Blogging The Editing Day #7 Usually I love ambiguity. A morally ambiguous character can challenge preconceived ideas. Ambiguous dialogue can show that the speaker is either dissembling or being awkwardly polite. Ambiguous settings are right at home in speculative fiction, while ambiguous endings mirror the bitter-sweetness of life. In humour, intentional ambiguity (pun) can be …

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