Ancillary skills

Unconventional Marketing

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This week I did a brief presentation on Unconventional Marketing at the Bristol branch of the Society of Authors, and I thought I’d share the gist of it with you. I should begin with a disclaimer that I am not an expert in this area. I have, however, had some interesting experiences that may be […]

Dot Dash

Housekeeping News

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When I started having stuff published, I resisted the idea of having my own Facebook page, because it seemed a bit vain. Which is odd, really, because I’m actually quite a vain person. However, when I was campaigning to get MRS DARCY VERSUS THE ALIENS out in the world, it became a necessity, so I set […]

Anthologies

All Sorts of Stuff

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And the pre-Christmas flurry of stuff continues. First, and most importantly, the excellent Refugees Welcome anthology is now available to download or order (US or UK). It’s got my story, “Pure Blood” in it, but that’s not the main reason for buying it (it’s actually around about the 273rd reason). Buy it because (a) all the […]

Mrs Darcy

Liars’ League at Sevenoaks

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Last Wednesday I delivered my 40000 word (well, 41439, words to be accurate) manuscript to Bath Spa for marking. Since then I have been tidying up a few things that got slightly out of hand during that final burst of activity, and now it’s time to breathe some life back into this thing. At some […]

Competitions

The Binnacle and Twiction Addiction Again

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A couple of very short hits to report. First of all, I snagged an Honourable Honorable Mention in this years The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition, with my 135-word story “99942 Apophis” (feel free to Google that if you want to find out a clue to the subject matter). The story will also appear in print, along with […]

Mrs Darcy

How to Avoid Being the Worst Among Sequels

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[Thought I’d have a bit of rant every now and then to liven things up. I’d be interested to see what you think.] We live in strange times. William Boyd’s Bond novel, “Solo”, is just about to be published, following in the footsteps of – amongst a surprising number of others – Sebastian Faulks and […]

Dot Dash

Recommended Reading!

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Well, this is nice. DOT DASH has been chosen as one of five recommended short story collections for this year’s National Short Story Week. I’ve no idea what this is likely to mean in terms of sales (I suspect not a lot, as short story collections are never big sellers), but it can’t be bad […]

Mrs Darcy

Take It Cool, Episode 2

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Episode two of TAKE IT COOL, “Googling Dennis“, is now up. It’s a bit shorter than the last one, but I think it sort of stands on its own. Breaking this one up into digestible chunks won’t be quite as easy as Mrs Darcy (which was actually conceived as a series of 600-700 word segments), […]

Dot Dash

Short Stories Aloud and Other Stuff

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Just realised it’s about time I made a bit of a noise about this upcoming thing. Short Stories Aloud is a regular event held at the Old Fire Station in Oxford (what is it about Firestations and Arts Centres, by the way? Just wondering…). It’s a bit like Liars’ League, in that the short stories are […]