A few days ago I received the proof copy of my first picture book – Biggy Piggy – in the mail. Its arrival, though expected, was still quite a surprise. When I placed the order CreateSpace said it’d take around six weeks to arrive. It landed on my doorstep after a little less than two weeks.
I must admit it’s quite exciting to hold a properly printed and bound copy and be able to read it to my daughters. Naturally, I immediately photographed myself with it for posterity and texted it to my family.
After making a few very minor tweaks to the layout, I clicked the “Publish” button and sat back fully pleased with myself. Read the rest of this entry »
I wrote a piece of flash fiction while procrastinating instead of concentrating on my other works in progress.
I’d been having trouble with a particular scene, so to take my mind off it I started reading a lot of flash fiction online. After reading many great stories online I was impressed at how much information could be packed into so few words, so I sat down and started typing the first thing that came to mind in an attempt to create my own, and thus “The Swarm” was born.
Since it is flash fiction (about 4 pages in length, or a little over 1000 words), I’ve made it available to read for free here on my site.
Actually that’s a bit misleading.
Over the weekend I did a free giveaway of Storm View on Amazon. There hadn’t been much movement on it recently and thought a giveaway could get it into a few extra hands and maybe score a review. So far nobody has posted a review, but if they’re anything like me I’ll grab a book when I see it and it might sit in my “To Read” list for ages depending on how many I have in front of it. Hopefully I’ll get a couple of reviews eventually, if not well c’est la vie. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the past week I’ve been working on getting a paperback version of Biggy Piggy ready for printing. I’ve finished uploading the files to CreateSpace who are a print-on-demand service, so anyone who wants to buy a paperback copy of Biggy Piggy will soon be able to do so.
The paperback version is formatted slightly different to the Kindle edition. The Kindle edition is designed to be read in “landscape” (so any device with a rectangular screen) whereas the printed version will be the industry standard of 8.5″ x 8.5″ (22cm x 22cm) square. Read the rest of this entry »
Apart from the obvious ones that everyone makes each year, be happier, eat healthier, exercise more, etc., the one I made this year was to commit more time to writing. I have faffed around for years, never committing enough time to it so unsurprisingly, I got nowhere.
I’ve got loads of story ideas on my computer, what I needed was the motivation to sit down and do it. When New Year’s Eve rocked around for 2015 my wife and I sat down and discussed what we’d like from the coming year. We discussed our ambitions and this year we’re both going to try harder to set aside time for things we want to do.
Since that day I’ve been working hard to find the time to sit down and write, and it’s paying off nicely. I’ve gotten more done in the last two months than I did in the past two years, to the point where I’ve even published a couple of stories online. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a busy couple of days for me. After publishing Biggy Piggy (my picture book for kids), I got to work finalising the cover for Storm View.
I’m happy to announce that as of this morning my first short story “Storm View” is now published!
On the space station Storm View, Artie Snell is your typical hard-working thug / loan shark, with a distinct advantage. An indestructible body shaped like an artillery shell. Everyone knows better than to mess with him. Read the rest of this entry »
Today I hit the “Publish” button on Amazon’s KDP site and launched Biggy Piggy into the world. Around six hours later I received notification that Amazon had finished publishing it to all of their various regional sites so it’s official! It’s the first book of any kind that I’ve ever published to the outside world (not counting training manuals and other materials I’ve made during my day job).
Biggy Piggy is a children’s book about the adventures of a magic pig called Biggy Piggy. He’s can talk to every kind of animal, he can fly, he can grow really big and shrink down really small!
It’s the first of what I hope to be a series of Biggy Piggy books. I’ve got plenty of characters drawn, I just need to find time to put them into stories. I’ve all but finished the first science fiction short story I’ll be publishing – Storm View. The final piece of the puzzle is settling on a cover design I like. Read the rest of this entry »