for writers and readers….

When we buy ebooks and When it has to be print…

At Nielsen Book’s annual conference (Nielsen are the people who count books worldwide) it was reported that many readers in Britain and the US buy both print and digital books … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Back to Creative Writing School: an announcement

I’m delighted to reveal – imagine a drum roll and a touch of staccato piano playing in the background  – that Back to Creative Writing School is now out in … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

A modest author’s scrapbook of useful discoveries — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

I came across Jerry Sims blog a few weeks ago. He describes himself as a relative novice in the world of digital publishing but he’s set himself a challenge for … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Is this the next big thing? Another publishing company is looking for teen and YA fiction ebooks

I see that Bloomsbury Spark – a digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing (aka as J.K.Rowling’s publisher) is looking for teen, young adult and new adult fiction from new and established … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Write a gritty, urban novella for 18 to 24 year olds about modern Britain – SALT are calling for submissions

SALT is an innovative and independent publisher celebrating 15 years in the business with a new experiment in fiction. Books for their Modern Fiction list will appear as ebooks only … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Stephen Fry on ebooks

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. STEPHEN FRY photo credit: swisscan via photopin cc

January 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Safari Saturday: searching the web for writers and readers — a free library for the world

Many of you will already know about and use Project Gutenberg, but some things can’t be mentioned too often and this is one of them. History It began on 4th … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Great Giveaway

Sally Quilford writes short stories for women’s magazines, judges writing competitions and writes a monthly column with Writers Forum magazine. Stephen Fry once described  her as ‘pleasantly sane’… I’m telling … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Real readers don’t buy hardback books

Just read on the BBC’s website that 17,662 hardback copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling sold were sold between 14 and 20 July since JK Rowling was revealed as the author. … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 9 Comments

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers THIN READS

This is a very new website – just five days old – and based in America so not relevant to everyone, but I wanted to include it in SAFARI FRIDAY … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

How to get struck by lightning and get a free ebook

My local branch of the Society of Authors just sent me through details of an interesting talk I couldn’t get to; included in the notes was this brilliant quote  “You … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Free ebooks to download from two bestselling authors

You wait for one to come along and then… Two Brighton based authors embark on two very different train journeys. We can  read the stories that emerged from their travels … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · Leave a comment