Some of you may have noticed my attempts to garner publicity for my new novel Timed Out. What follows is a revised version of a little article  in The Oxford Writer. I must stress that I am no expert on the subject and I hated the whole business at first. But I am beginning to see […]

If you would like to hear what I sound like and find out  a bit about me and my novel Timed Out there’s a Radio Gorgeous podcast of an interview with Donna Freed. I enjoyed it. Donna had obviously read the whole book and I think some of her questions were very interesting. Sorry the link has not […]

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 When they say they have never heard of your publisher, smile sweetly and express surprise. ‘Oh, haven’t you?’  And don’t call Driven Press ‘a small global press’ – call them ‘a global press’. When they ask what happens in the end of  Timed Out, don’t tell them – just suggest they’ll find it interesting. Don’t […]

One person’s witty, eloquent brainwave is often another person’s cliche. We are urged to avoid them: story cliches, adjective-with-noun cliches, metaphor cliches, phrase cliches. And how we hate being caught using one. After all, we writers call ourselves creative and we think we are original, daring, imaginative. And that’s especially true of those who have […]

Originally posted on Group 2012:
A year ago today, my debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days was published by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin. Many things have happened since then which I could never have imagined – my book won th… Source: Some things I’ve learned in my year of being published

Some people who like to see and hold a printed copy, and that is what you can provide at a book launch or a literary festival talk.  And meeting people is fun, even if you don’t  break even  when you have  factored in your  time and the refreshments. I have arranged two launches for my […]