Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Apologies for the brief post, but it's all a bit busy at Fleet Towers. Where I'm at with Lies That Poison:

  • I'm almost ready to sign off on the cover
  • I have the interior file for the paperback ready
  • I have the ebook file ready (only Kindle at this stage)
  • I have it all loaded up on Amazon (other than the covers)
  • I still need to check a few things, but it should be available very soon!

Thank you for all your patience. It's been a bit of a vertical learning curve, but I'm getting there!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The dust settles...

After last week's surprise unpublishing of both books (I was anticipating one - Lies That Poison - but not the other - that was done in error), I'm feeling a little more sanguine about everything. But I just have a shed-load of work to do. So much that a) I feel somewhat overwhelmed, and b) this post will be short!

Because the books were enrolled in KDP select, I can't re-release the ebook until those 90 day periods have finished (as far as I can tell - anyone with other info, please let me know?). For Lies That Poison, that's 11th September, but for The Call, it's not until November 10th. Hence me being so upset when it was unpublished early in error - it still had 75 of its 90 days left - leaving me with it neither on sale published by Joffe Books for that time, not able to be re-released by me for that time either.

I can re-release the paperback versions before those dates, but not the ebook, so that's what I'll be working on.

More news as and when I have it.

As for the trilogy... I have the final edits for the first book to work on. Book 2 is now with Fiona (my editor) and I have some changes to book 3 to type up before that too heads to Fiona's desk.

Time to make a big pot of tea, dust myself off and get on with things. Live and learn. Live and learn...

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

More news...

At the time of writing (27th August, 5.15 p.m.), Joffe Books have unpublished both of my books. I am anticipating getting the rights back for them on September 11th (Lies That Poison) and November 10th (The Call), though I have queried why I'm not getting them back immediately, as they are now unpublished.

Apologies to anyone trying to buy them. I was given no notice that they would both be unpublished in quite this way.

Shiny new notebooks!

[Yeah, I know, I could write this as a post almost every week... but these are just gorgeous! And not available to buy anywhere - so I feel super special!]

I was recently asked to give feedback on some prototype notebooks. Actually, this happens quite a lot, as I write for Nero's Notes, but this came directly from the producer - Cambridge Imprint.

If you don't know their stuff, go check it out. It's just glorious! Anyway, I'd contacted them to ask if they would ever consider doing their hardback notebooks with lined paper instead of plain (I'm too messy to use plain neatly and making a mess annoys me). It turned out they had some prototypes and wanted feedback. Quel dommage!

They're amazing little books. At 12 cm x 18.5 cm, they're a perfect size to go in a bag and the paper is perfect for fountain pens (so I'm very happy!).

So, what will I use them for? Ah... a (currently) secret writing project. Keep you all posted when I can.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019


I can finally share something with all of you (subscribers already know this...). Both Lies That Poison and The Call will be being re-released as I'm getting my rights back from Joffe Books.

It's been a difficult decision, but, I hope, the right one.

Both books will be getting some bonus material added before the re-release. Lies That Poison should be getting re-published in September, and The Call should be re-released in November. They will both be available up to those dates, but there may be a short gap between them being published by Joffe Books and re-released by me.

I'm hoping to share the new cover with you for Lies That Poison very soon! That was the 'other project' I talked about last week. I'm currently working with a great cover designer, finalising things.

Watch this space... there will be some competitions and giveaways coming! Some will be exclusively for subscribers to the newsletter, so sign-up below (if you haven't already).

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

How to find a book cover designer

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been researching book cover designers. I started by going through the list of cover designers that Joanna Penn has on her website (https://www.thecreativepenn.com/bookcoverdesign/). It's not an exhaustive list, but I needed to start somewhere and these were people that either Joanna Penn had used herself, or who came recommended to her. There are about 70 names on the list I think and I looked at every site, plus another set of sites that had been personally recommended to me. There's also a list on ALLi of recommended services: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-service-reviews/ graded by how much they trust them and I looked at anyone who was in their 'green' (trusted partner) category. I would recommend checking that page once you've chosen your shortlist, in case ALLi have flagged up any issues, even if you don't use it as a starting point.

After trawling through 100+ book cover designer sites, let me share my tips and tricks to make the process as easy as possible! Most of these apply to getting a custom-made design, rather than a pre-made, but some apply to both.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Carrots and sticks...

My expression after an hour of research...
I can think of more exciting things to do than to find a cover designer... trawling through potential designers isn't a quick job - after all, I want the right kind of cover for these books, since I feel like I've spent half my life writing them (okay... that's an overstatement, but after all the time and effort of writing them, and the cost of a professional editor, I need the right cover!).

My brain will explode if I spend all day at it, so I've produced a list of 'rewards' that I can get to if I've put in a decent chunk of effort on the cover designer research! In no particular order...