So Where Have I Been?

I took a long break between posts this year. I'm sure you noticed. So where have I been? Among other things, my acting hobby took over for a while with a sudden rush of auditions, resulting in a few days filming ("Toy Gun" and "A Storm In Their Stars"). Audition readings to prepare, lines to …

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Thanksgiving

Being British, I don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I have a few things to be thankful for at this time and I'm gonna brag about it! Two short stories published earlier in 2015 and more have already been "snapped up" by publishers for anthologies to be published in 2016... The Future Is Short #2 anthology (June 2015) includes …

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Paradisi Chronicles

I mentioned the Paradisi Chronicles "co-operative" project in an earlier post. I've worked before in loose-knit shared-world projects, such as the  "No Revolution Is Too Big" anthology, but Paradisi Chronicles is different. Let me explain how... In July, 2014, best-selling author Hugh Howey's blog (Your Fear is My Opportunity) challenged traditional publishers to innovate. One suggestion was …

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So That Was August

It was a month of ups. It was a month of downs. It was a time for looking forward and a time for looking back. I was delighted that my youngest daughter has taken up her place in the UK, where her two sisters already study and work. But it leaves the house rather empty …

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Press Release: The Future Is Short Vol 2

A new anthology that contains two of my own stories... THE FUTURE IS SHORT: SCIENCE FICTION IN A FLASH, Volume 2 Now Published ISBN: 9 781514 151518 (trade paperback) Published June 3, 2015 E-book published June 11, 2015 Thirty-six authors took a leap of faith in January 2015 to contribute their stories to The Future …

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Popularity

Great news! According to the reputable Alexa ranking system today, my blog was the 814th most accessed site from Luxembourg. So out of the teemingly uncountable* domains on the planet, a few sites like Amazon and YouTube are more popular. (Okay, those two and 811 mega-corporations and a few porn sites.) So, villmols merci, Letzebuerg. My …

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Anthologies and Contests #2

Last time, I praised the opportunities for unpublished writers offered by submitting to Anthologies and Contests. So where do you start in your search for Anthologies and Contests seeking submissions? Today, I list a good number of links below, to get you started. And please note that I in no way endorse any of these …

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Anthologies and Contests

I hope at least a few of my readers noticed I've been away for a few weeks 😉 Between family issues, travel to internet-free zones (yes, they do exist - welcome to the 21st century!), laptop failure (I smugly take full backups daily) and various other distractions, I have had to let my blog simmer …

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Quick Fixes To Attract Publishers

Last time, I covered the need for an unpublished author to demonstrate a large Following for his/her as-yet-unpublished work and ended with the tantalising hint of a Quick Fix... Remember, you need a big Following to catch the eye of a publisher and encourage that eye to glance at your life's work manuscript, currently sitting …

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How Big Is Yours?

How To Impress Publishers With A Huge Following Last time, we saw that an aspiring author needs a big Following to get the attention of a publisher. So how to achieve that? Tricky. Without any published work, the newcomer has little to share about his work. All he can do is to show the world …

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