In response to a conversation I had recently with a friend about their dyslexia I’ve begun publishing additional copies of my books in a Dyslexia-Friendly font (Open Dyslexic) which is designed to increase readability for those with dyslexia.
The first to hit the shelves is my comedic Viking fantasy “The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson – Legendary Viking Warrior“, other books I’ve written will come over the next few months.
Apparently the newer Kindles (like the Oasis) also come with this font as an option for those who prefer eBooks.
I’m sure you’ll be eager to hear that my work in progress – The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson – Legendary Viking Warrior – is now at the “beta reader” stage of editing.
That means it’s getting much closer to being completely finished! Once I get it back and comb through the notes, adjusting my draft where necessary, and it’ll be one step closer to putting it onto Kindle Scout.
In the meantime I’m busy working on some other things for the book. Firstly, in my books I like to have a custom “mid-chapter break” or “section break” if you prefer. In a lot of books these are three little asterisks “***” or bullets “•••” or the like that usually denote passage of time during a chapter.
I’ve always gone with a little symbol I like in all of my books to date – – for no other reason than I happen to like it. But with Gustav I’ve made a custom symbol, Gustav’s head:
I was reminded of Backpack by Emily Barr when I saw she had recently released a new book. I bought Backpack many years ago now, a few years after its initial release (I’m thinking 2007?), so with a bit of digging through my cupboards I found the paperback copy and gave it a read.
When I first saw this book, I remember thinking it was chick-lit (based on judging the book by its cover), not something I’d be interested in. But after I’d read the blurb and it talked of backpacking through Asia with a murderer following her, I took the plunge and bought the book.
Once I started reading it I was so glad I did. So while it is categorised on Amazon as “Women’s Fiction”, I feel all sexes would enjoy reading this. Read the rest of this entry »
My latest short story – Death Is For Other People – is now live on Amazon!
Death Is For Other People follows the life of the protagonist who is one of only a handful of people known as ‘Eternals’ – those who are cursed to be reborn as new people after death. They retain all of their memories from their previous life, and can be born into any family, anywhere.
Death Is For Other People is a rebirth tale spanning hundreds of years, and a battle to prevent the extinction of all mankind. Read the rest of this entry »
Quick post this week because I’m exhausted from all the editing and formatting of FTW to get it ready for publication.
The goods new though is that finally, after many months of work my young adult novel FTW is going live! I’ve pushed the publish button so the eBook is now available on Amazon. The paperback version is also available from Amazon and bookstores where awesome books like mine are sold*. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »
Not one specific topic this week, more a summary of what’s been going on.
Originally I wasn’t planning on doing this, but given how easy it is to do with CreateSpace I figured why not, because it gives people the option then if they want it.
Plus, I like being able to see them on my bookshelf and insufferably pointing them out to people when they visit :). Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve had a lot of distractions over the last week. My eldest broke her elbow during the week which hasn’t left me with much time for anything. As such, this week’s blog will be short and probably a bit of everything.
One thing I have managed during the week (because I started this a few weeks ago) is the paperback release of Have Shovel – Will Bury. The proof copy arrived in the mail during the week and now I’ve reviewed it I’ve made it live on Amazon. Yay! Read the rest of this entry »
Two new books in as many days! I know I’ve been putting out quite a few recently, but that’s mainly because I had quite a backlog of stuff I’ve been working on for years.
I’ve got one more novella fully drafted which I am lining up to release within the next month after beta reading / re-editing is completed (more about this one soon). A complete departure from my preferred sci-fi category, this one features a vigilante serial killer with a good sprinkling of dark humour. Read the rest of this entry »
This is the second book in the Biggy Piggy series featuring the magic pig called Biggy Piggy.
When Biggy Piggy’s friends are blown away in their hot air balloon, Biggy Piggy and his friend Belinda Bee rush to their rescue.