They read it first, in praise of the Beta Reader

Before my new masterpiece sets out into the big wide world, there’s a group of unsung heroes who help to make it a lot more readable than it might have been. One of the problems with being the author of … Continued

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The long and winding road. Using characters in sequels and spin-offs.

Back in 2013, in my first novel, Freefall, I introduced a character called Ballantyne Alysom. He was a galactic explorer and owner of the magazine Galactographic! His claim to fame and the reason for his creation was as the discoverer … Continued

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Book Review. Lethal Ties by Helen Christmas.

I’ve been a fan of Helen Christmas for some time. I enjoyed her Same Face Different Place stories, here’s one of my reviews for the fast-paced and brilliantly researched series. When I heard that she was turning her hand to … Continued

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Finishing the story, why I need to write that sequel.

As well as the new ideas that I told you about last week, I Remember Everything and my other new story, My Sister Alex, I have several sequels in progress, I know that I really ought to get on and finish … Continued

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Another new idea. I remember…everything.

Not content with the seven or eight works I have in progress, I’ve been getting a burst of ideas, for new stories and sequels. Dare I say it, some of them seem to be moving away from Science Fiction, towards … Continued

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A new release from Lizzie Chantree. Shh… It’s our secret.

This week, I’m spotlighting a new story from the international bestselling author of If you love me, I’m yours, Ninja School Mum and Babe Driven. Take a look at Shh… It’s our secret. Violet has a secret that could change the lives of … Continued

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Creating and using promotional graphics

This time, I’m looking at some tools to help you create graphics for your website, social media etc. In the same way that your book covers are the first thing that a potential reader sees, so the rest of your … Continued

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The first bite is with the eye. Author Branding.

Welcome back to the second of my posts on marketing. This time, we’re looking at one of the most important things you can do to improve your visibility. Branding is the art of establishing a connection between everything that you … Continued

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