Nightmare on Self-Publishing Street

Proof copies of Dr Dan arrived a day early. The cover looked okay. Worth a tweak or two, but alright. Then I peeped inside. Aaaaarrrrgh….. it was a dog’s breakfast. Chapter breaks missing, front matter in the wrong sequence. It looked like a book assembled by a team of monkeys. So I spent the next 12…

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The Pace Quickens

If I were a dog, this is what I’d look like today.  I just learned that a) the Kindle edition of Dr Dan’s Casebook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and b) that proof copies of the paperback are on their way to me. Suddenly, this self-publishing lark seems very real. Have I actually gone…

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The F Word

No, not that F word. I’m talking about formatting, a variety of mental torture self-publishing authors must endure in order to make their book printable or readable on a screen. Formatting is easier than it used to be (they tell me) because there are programmes one can use to bring a manuscript up to trade standards.…

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Holiday? What Holiday?

No summer lollygagging for me this year. I’m going cross-eyed learning the art of book formatting and Dr Dan’s Casebook is starting to look like an actual book. It’s very exciting. Another week or two and I should be able to reveal publication date. Meanwhile, lest all work and no play make Laurie a very…

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Read All About It!

A quick post to acknowledge a hugely appreciated mention from Libby Purves in yesterday’s London Times. You can read it here. Thanks too for your cover design comments which boosted my own inclination to go ‘graphic’. By this time next week I hope to have a cover ready for the oven.

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Take Cover

Today, a little market research. As you know, I don’t believe novels can be written by committee, which is why I’ve only ever listened to my editor, my agent and my husband, and not always to them, but in the matter of marketing a book, I’m a novice, and therefore all ears. Dr Dan’s Casebook…

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Wears Many Hats

Wears Many Hats would be a good name for me if I had any Cherokee blood. But I don’t. I’m just a gal who’s done a lot of different jobs and I’m about to extend my CV even further. I’m becoming a publisher. I have good news and bad. The bad news is, (and it’s…

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Land of my Fathers

Well, not quite. Land of my great-great-great grandfather, to be accurate. On Monday I’m off to Wales to visit the little town where my ancestor was born and try out my Welsh, in the wild.   We go back a long way, Welsh and I. My first boyfriend had family in the Rhondda Valley and…

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Just Words

I’m always piggishly interested in what people are eating so I just had to have a look at the menu for the State Banquet HM Queen gave for President Trump last week. The dessert was listed as Strawberry Sable. Now I’m not a pastry expert but I knew there was a pastry French patissiers make…

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Unexpected Pleasures

It’s strange how something you’ve enjoyed can disappear from your life and all too soon you forget about it, and then, if it returns, you wonder how you’ve managed without it. This week Garrison Keillor’s resurrected Writer’s Almanac popped up in my mail box. First thought: yeah! Second thought: what callow breed of fan are…

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