Category: Articles

The self-slush pile

If you don’t want to make any money from your work then self-publishing is a great idea. If you want to let Amazon make the money out of your hard work then self-publishing is for you. Self-publishing is about a lot of work writing and then spending on an editor, a cover designer and advertising…

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You too can be a penniless author

I was at the London Book Fair back in 2016. There was very little in the way of traditional publishing to be found. There were a lot of self-publishing concerns. When I first wrote to agents and publishers back in the 90’s all my submissions were by paper in the post. You usually got a…

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Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

Yes, I remember Adlestrop — The name, because one afternoon Of heat the express-train drew up there Unwontedly. It was late June. The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat. No one left and no one came On the bare platform. What I saw Was Adlestrop — only the name And willows, willow-herb, and grass, And…

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Biggles books and me

This was written ages ago. pre-2008 probably. Who is Biggles? Biggles is a fictional pilot from the pen of Captain W.E. (William Earl) Johns who wrote around 98 books which featured Biggles, full name: James Bigglesworth. They are children’s books from the 1st world war through to the late 60’s when W.E. died. He was…

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I thought I was Greta

Written Jan/21 I’m a pretty disturbed bunny right now. Since July 2020 I’ve had to throw away a lot of ideas I had and embrace a lot of new ones. I used to think environmental collapse was imminent, in truth, we all do/did. The difference was, I did something about it, I was a conservationist…

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We are being watched

I’ve always been a massive geek. I was on computers back in 1977, the Apple 2. All my work was computer related, I taught myself as they wouldn’t teach me computers at school as they said my maths wasn’t good enough. But I could not be stopped, computers were the salvation for my dyslexia and…

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