Awards - do they mean anything?

When I began writing novels, I knew the value of recognition in the form of awards, prizes and third party endorsements; I’d owned and run a small business for over fifteen years and been very involved in the PR side of things.

Recognition – the public acknowledgement of your ability, achievement, merits or services – is something […]

INSURRECTIO awarded the BRAG Medallion!

Yes, it’s official! I am delighted, no, I’m jumping up and down with elation, that my fifth Roma Nova thriller has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. And it’s up on the IndieBRAG website. This is a prestigious award for indie only books and is a HIGH honour.

Around 90% of books are rejected (gulp), so you can imagine the nail […]

An alternate 'Christmas' - or not

Welcome to an unusual stop on the indieBRAG Christmas bloghop!

Throughout December, the B.R.A.G.Medallion authors are presenting readers with a seasonal blog tour.

In the UK and most of the Western world, we celebrate Christmas on 25 December. But ancient Romans started their festival on 17 December – today!

Saturnalia was THE most important Roman festival. Heavy on […]

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 isn’t worth picking […]

Not the Booker prize, but something to B.R.A.G. about?

Self-publishing is expanding exponentially; it has long ceased to be a minority interest. But along with the glorious freedom of writing any genre, mixed genres or no genre and the ability to control every aspect of a book’s production comes responsibility to the readers.

Some authors write books purely for their own pleasure and that’s […]

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 […]