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My newsletter subscribers responded. I listened.

I received a massive 70% reply rate to a survey I issued to my newsletter subscribers. Thanks to them, I now have a fairly good idea how subscribers felt about the free copy of I Stopped Time they received in return for their email address.  They rated it 4.77 out of 5. 76% recommended it…
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An Unknown Woman wins Self-Published Book of the Year Award 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that my seventh novel, An Unknown Woman, has just been named Self-Published Book of the Year by Writing Magazine and the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust. Writing Magazine’s editor Jonathan Telfer said that self-publishers impress more each year with levels of accomplishment shown and that choosing the winner had proved…
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An Unknown Woman Wins Award for Cover Design (Fiction)

I’m delighted to announce that Andrew Candy’s cover for An Unknown Woman has won the award for best cover design in the fiction category at Indie Author Fringe, Book Expo America. I’m particularly delighted that the award was voted for by fellow authors who are members of the Alliance of Independent Authors – and it…
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News for August: Desirable, covetable, collectable books

My love affair with books began at an early age. (I have to be honest, it was the illustrations I adored). From my teens onwards, once I discovered a favourite author, I tended to buy everything they’d written. My bookshelves are crammed with sets of novels. When I began writing, it was my aim to…
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Second Chapter: Books in Boxes

Why box sets make good sense for both readers and writers

The January VAT hike for digital products has been tough. For writers, there was a stark choice: either take a 17% hit on income or pass the increase onto readers. In search of a way to redress the balance, I didn’t need to go any further than the aisles of my local supermarket – 3…
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These Fragile Things receives Awesome Indies seal of approval

Awesome Indies is the brainchild of Tahlia Newman, who says of the award, ‘My idea is to honour the Indie authors who produce a high quality product and to direct readers towards the Indie Gold that lies hidden amongst the avalanche of available books.’ And it is a challenge to strike gold. Readers are often…
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Fiction by Jane Davis is now featured on Ascribe Novel Solutions

Without wading through the controversy surrounding the Guardian’s first two Self-Published Novel of the Month awards, how can readers discover the very best in independent publishing? This is where recently launched website Ascribe Novel Solutions steps in. All of the novels featured on Ascribe carry a recommendation from either a traditionally published author, a literary agent, a literary consultant…
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A small celebration as the first batch of books arrives…

It’s always an exciting moment, tearing open the box containing the first print-run of your new novel. Fifth time round feels like quite an achievement. I deserve a drink. Cheers! To get your copy of An Unchoreographed Life, click here…   

Book Talk at Waterstones, Sutton

I have to admit that public speaking is not my favourite thing, but given that it is a necessary evil, last night’s talk at my local branch of Waterstone’s in Sutton was one of the more enjoyable events I have taken part in (and not only because we were able to extend the evening with a…
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German Publication

I am very excited that Half-Truths and White Lies has now been translated into German and will be released under the title ‘Wo Das Gluck wohnt’ (Where Happiness Lives) early in 2011.