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This is the second book I wrote. I received a commission from a London publisher for this work but despite selling 6,000 copies in the first three months of publication, I never received a penny since the company went into administration and filed for bankruptcy. It was the first book I self-published years later and has made #1 in its genre in years past. I crafted the book whilst on holiday on Portugal and wrote it on my return to Cumbria....

Bushfire... the opening pages....

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Dateline: Monday, 1st June, 1997: Scotland.

The waves gave way to the... Read More

This is an extract from the first book I ever published. I wrote it in 1994 and published it with a very good traditional vanity house situated in Mayfair, London, in 1996. It is a timeless story still as relevant today as it was way back in '96. In 2012, the contract on this novel ended and I formatted the second edition into kindle. I made very few changes to the writing style even though my technique and meagre abilities have developed and evolved since. I preferred to 'keep it the way it was' and as a reminder to me and my closest and dearest friends and supporters of where it all started.... Read More

As any indie author who’s been around for a little while will tell you, the indie publishing freeway is fraught with all kinds of perils and detours that are beyond an indie author’s control. Changes in e-retailer policies, e-retailer algorithms or changes in acceptable moral or ethical standards for books (resulting in the recent much-hyped Kobo Cleanse) can have a devastating affect on an indie author’s visibility – not to mention his or her fiscal health. And very few indie authors know the ins and outs of indie publishing better than, or are as vocal on the subject, as Joe Konrath.

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If you’ve read any of the recent articles that have been published on various websites, then it appears that publishing houses and booksellers are in crisis mode with non-digital book sales sinking faster than the Titanic.

On November 13, 2013, in an article published by Jim Milliot on www.publishersweekly.com, he characterized the recent slowing of e-book sales as a “mixed blessing”. Why - because e-book sales have drastically hurt non-digital book sales. No surprise there. He quoted an executive at a large bookseller who adopted the following rationale: “E-book pricing and online... Read More

A filmmaker and writer since childhood, Mike has directed numerous shorts, music videos, documentaries, promotional videos and two feature films (NO EXIT and TRIPTOSANE). His first novel, Milky Way Marmalade received rave reviews and was the winner of the 2003 Dream Realm Award.

He is very excited about the release of the first of his exciting new kid-lit series, RUPERT STARBRIGHT: The Door to Far-Myst.

Mike, a certified Yoga instructor, has many interests including gardening (loves growing chili peppers in his rooftop garden), playing guitar, cats (long-time volunteer at NYC’s... Read More

“Novella” – the word has a lilting quality to it and rolls nicely off the tongue, don’t you think? Regardless of the reaction the word invokes, make no mistake. The novella is a valuable marketing tool for today’s indie author “thinking outside the box”.

The word “novella” is derived from the feminine derivative of the Italian word “new” and the reference source, wikipedia.org, defines “novella” as “a written fictional prose narrative normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel”. To put that definition into context, the generally-accepted length of a novella is 20,000... Read More

Salvatore "Sal" Barbera is an animator, a sculptor and painter. He is the author and illustrator of the “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. Sal currently resides in Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri. His book, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow is on sale through December 31, 2013 and 50% of the net proceeds benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Life Program for children with critical and life-threatening illnesses.

Welcome Sal. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I like people and I like making them laugh. Charlie... Read More

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