Posts Tagged With: publishing

Kirkenes Blue – It’s Out!!

The whole cover in all its glory

The whole cover in all its glory

Well, I wanted to publish Kirkenes Blue in October, and I made it with 3 days to spare. The cover art caused the biggest headache, with the Firefox browser refusing to run the CreateSpace cover sorter-outer and the text on the spine refusing to line up with, you know, the spine. Still, after many hours on Wednesday, I managed to push the files over to CreateSpace and open a bottle of Champers in time for tea.

Probably should've drunk this before writing the book - next time...

Probably should’ve drunk this before writing the book – next time…

Actually, the whole process of publishing was remarkably quick. By about lunchtime on Thursday, the paperback was on Amazon with the Kindle version following later on in the afternoon. I had had my first sales by Thursday tea time (and, from the bottom of my heart, I thank those lovely souls who did buy a copy).

Now, I guess I better start promoting it – but I also have NaNoWriMo to get stuck into and my third novel to write (I’ve started). Hmm… perhaps I should have bought another bottle of Baron De Marck!



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BATDIG – the Paper Version!

BATDIG on CreateSpace

BATDIG on CreateSpace

At last, a copy of BATDIG you can safely read in the bath*! Both parts of the novel first published for the Kindle together in one predominantly papery place** plus some Author’s Ramblings about the creation of the story and a short excerpt from my next novel, Kirkenes Blue, which I guess I really must finish now.

BATDIG will be available on Amazon in the next 3 to 5 days ( so around the end of May then) but is also available from CreateSpace themselves, although only for American readers (at



* Bath not included.

** I think there is a bit of cardboard in there too.



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The First Post

It’s odd the things that make you nervous, isn’t it? Perhaps you are one of those who can stand up in front of a million people without a care in the world but the thought of taking a train into a crowded city fills you with the sort of dread one usually reserves for vivid nightmares (although I have been on trains with what seems like a million people in what is obviously a nightmare-turned-real and felt nothing but incandescent rage, but that’s how life is sometimes). Maybe you dread tests of any kind, with the possible exception of those ones in magazines which try to determine if you are a claustrophobic banana or dynamite in bed or claustophobically dynamite with a banana or something.

Two things have caused me to break out in a cold sweat recently: the prospect of telephoning, then actually speaking to, the IRS in Pennsylvania in the States and the prospect of publishing a blog. The former I’ll tell you about another time; the latter is happening now.

As a fledgling author, I was quite nervous about publishing my first novel and I think it is the same type of anxiety that I am feeling now as I watch the clouds coming across the rooftops, threatening the almost springlike sun. I guess it is the idea that someone might actually read this, coupled with the desire that everyone should read this that makes me nervous. As Todd Snider once sung: “Tension”. He sung other great stuff too – check him out.

I am one of those people who, having done something once, tend to lose the nerves quickly. The first time I played in a band, when the gig was over, I couldn’t remember a single thing about the first half and only edited highlights about the second. The next time I played, I remembered every ghastly mistake and wrong note. Where were my nerves when I needed them?

Well, I’m nearly done and I feel calm and at peace: partly because I have just written my first blog, but mostly because its time for a cup of tea. And because the sun has defied the clouds. And because no one will really read this, will they?

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