A while ago I tried to launch a career as a paid Beta-Reader. It didn't work as nobody really wants to pay a Beta-Reader and I wasn't at all sure they should. I don't use beta-readers because I think my story is my story and I ain't gonna change it to suit someone else. It … Continue reading Alexander Bottom
I’m currently reading Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow, a collection of bird themed horror stories. Some of them come under the heading of the New Weird, very literary fiction in which mood is more important than plot. Done well this can be wonderful, as in the works of Thomas Ligotti and Caitlin R. Kiernan. … Continue reading The Flesh and Bones of Fiction
I had an email from Bookfunnel a few days ago to warn me that Outlook is blocking stuff from MailerLite and other platforms as spam. This matters for authors who send out newsletters and other promotional material via these platforms. It also matters to the likes of Bookfunnel and Instafreebie because their selling point for … Continue reading Marketing is getting harder for self-publishers
The Horror Channel on Freeview shows old Star Trek in a kind of never-ending cycle and currently they’re doing The Next Generation so I’m watching it again. In the modern era of gore and terrifying drama it is...well, nice. Klingons are annoying and the episodes set in the Holodeck don’t do anything for me but … Continue reading Star Trek: TNG – ‘The Measure of a Man’
I used to be just an ordinary bloke. Now I’m a stereotypical unreconstructed white heterosexual cisgender male member of the oppressive patriarchal knobocracy and feel a bit guilty all the time. As Joe Walsh sang ‘everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed.’
I finally got my first 6 months worth of Royalties for The Brigstowe Dragons, put out last September by the estimable men and women at Alban Lake Publishing. Their terms are quite generous as I get 20% of print sales and 60% of any e-book sales - not bad at all in the sometimes cruel … Continue reading Royalties!
'Here Ug, what do you think of those white people?' 'I'm sick of 'em. Coming over here with their pale skin, their pointy tools and their agriculture. Send 'em back where they came from, that's what I say.' 'Yeah, you're right.' 'Be quiet. I'm going to have a nap, or an UgKip as I call … Continue reading Conversation by a British Campfire 10,000 years ago.