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A Funny Old Week

It’s been a funny old week. The first thing that happened was an indecipherable item on my To Do list. I’m an inveterate list-maker because experience has shown me that I need order in my life. I accept that there are people for whom chaos is a seed bed of creativity, but I work a…

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I’m a Bear, Damn it.

Please excuse me for just one moment. You’ve caught me in the dying twitches of an existential crisis, but it shouldn’t last more than a couple of paragraphs and I promise to mop up afterwards.   One of the jobs on my self-publishing To Do list has been to decide whether to spend money on…

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The Long and the Short of It

When I first looked into the possibility of self-publishing, I was astonished at how prolific many indie novelists were, bringing out six or seven books a year. Then I figured it. Their books are short, as in 25 or 30 thousand words. What I would call a novella. Book-length fashions go up and down like…

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Doctors I Have Known

The comment I’ve heard more than any other since Dr Dan’s Casebook was published goes as follows: ‘I want Trevor Buxton as my GP’.  To which I can only reply, ‘get behind me and form an orderly line.’ In my long life I have known doctors of every stripe. Brusque, impatient, hurried, dotty. The GP who…

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Back to Business

Dr Dan is now well and truly launched, on a sea of tea, Doctor’s Orders cocktails (recipe available on application) and generous goodwill. Thanks to everyone who has bought it, read it, reviewed it and is asking for more. Last Friday, aided and supported by kind friends who know how much I fear social gatherings,…

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Nothing to See Here

I don’t really have anything to blog about today but there’s some new technical folderol about my website which I need to try out, to prove to my webmaestra that I’m not a total dummy. I’ve heard enough pitying sighs for one week. The young sales assistant in the phone shop was very gentle with…

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Killing People

Killing people is all in a day’s work for a novelist but it doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it’s clear that it has to be done, though the demise of any of my creations, even a monster, can sadden me. Sometimes it’s a tussle between sentiment and plot. Plot needs to win. Readers may howl…

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My New Profession

I hadn’t planned on taking up a new career in my 70s but there it is. I have now added ‘publisher’ to the list of hats I’ve worn in my life. Never wanted to be one, but needs must, and after many a setback and hiccup, Dr Dan’s Casebook is out tomorrow. The novel that…

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Six Days and Counting

Publication Day minus 6, and in my office (aka the kitchen table) it’s like a NASA countdown. The second batch of proofs arrived and looked fine  –  just as well because I’d run out of time to do much about it if they didn’t  – and as some of you have pointed out, with the…

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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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