RETALIO is awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion!

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You see the subject line at the top of the email: “BRAG Medallion Award” You gnaw your nails.

You read the first line of the email: ‘We have completed the review process for your book “RETALIO” Oh, gods on Olympus! You gnaw your nails down to the […]

AURELIA awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion!

You know when there’s a 90% chance against, but you do succeed? Well, that. Book 4 in the Roma Nova series, AURELIA, has just been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion.

The what? In the large sea of self/independently published work, there is a lot of flotsam and jetsam and, sadly, a good proportion of it that […]

Subscribing to my blogs

If you have subscribed to this Roma Nova blog, thank you! I really appreciate your interest and commitment. Here you will find info about the Roma Nova thrillers, Ancient Rome, events I’ll be at (speaking and cavorting) and more about the mysterious Roma Nova itself.

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Using your reader report

This is one for the writers, but readers might be interested in a vital part of the process that goes to producing a story. I say producing, because like a piece of pottery, a story starts as a heap of dull, wet mud. Writing the first draft is like throwing that heap on to the […]

Writing about recognition - Writing News

It’s a funny time to be pursuing a writing career, but an exciting one. All authors, apart from the biggest names, need to publicise their own books whether they’re self-published, small press or even big house published.

Writing Magazine commissioned me to write a piece about how to seek and find recognition in today’s fiercely […]

Collaborating authors

ALLI authors meet up at the London Book Fair April 2014

Writing is a solitary thing – it’s you, the writing medium and hard graft alone together. Your imagination/brain/mind/muse and the pen or keyboard are it. Perhaps you have a writing buddy, known sometimes as a critique partner, or belong to a writers’ circle […]