for writers and readers….

Too late for this year but perhaps next…? A competition for self-published authors

August 31st is the deadline for the Kindle Storyteller Award which Amazon celebrates the best self-published story in the UK with a £20,000 cash prize. I know that is still … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

One million self-published print books in 2017

It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

In college, at work, retired? Remember you can always go Back to Creative Writing School

I had a lot of fun playing around with PHOTOFUNIA, an online picture editing tool that has just celebrated its eight birthday. It lets you produce imaginative and wish fulfilment … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 1 Comment


Phew! The 24 hour sale started a bit late but it is now up on Amazon so please do take advantage of it. I would be very grateful if you … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

For 24 hours only BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL will be free

Next Monday December 2nd my new ebook is free to download.* Word of mouth still sells more books than anything else which I find heartening, but before someone can recommend … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

Do you know which cities are the most “well-read” in Britain and America?

Earlier this year Amazon conducted their third annual survey to discover which city is the national reading champion. Oddly enough I once spent an afternoon in the American winner – … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Self-Publishing Advice for Writers — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

BOOK DESIGNER is a blog offering practical advice to independent authors who want to self-publish. It is written by Joel Friedlander who must have print ink in his veins. His … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers News from the Book Industry

Safari = Swahili for long journey.I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader get … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Amazon News

Amazon has bought Goodreads, the social media book review site with 16 million users worldwide. The San Francisco-based company should provide Amazon with another way to get readers to buy … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

DID YOU KNOW how well Amazon ebooks are doing after five years of selling?

 Ebook sales were up approximately 70% over 2011. In contrast, Amazon’s physical books – the kind you can lend, smell, hold and put on a shelf – had the lowest … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

DO YOU KNOW the 10 things authors want readers to do?

1. Write an Amazon review. Reviews are a powerful tool that can make a big difference in an author’s sales. Don’t lie. Don’t go crazy about a book you don’t … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ever written a one star Amazon review?

Ever been so riled by a book you just had to let the world know?  Over at The New Yorker writer Bob Odenkirk reckons it’s the best way of making … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 6 Comments