18th December 2018
I am dismayed to find the Great Firewall of China
is spreading far and wide, with Goodreads, LinkedIn,
and even Amazon CreateSpace now apparently banned.
Today I looked at Apple Books, only to discover
the link given is translated to a Chinese DNS that
doesn't recognise the link. Conclusion: Apple Books
USA and UK are now banned in China.
What to do? Leave China so I can access the internet,
leaving behind my wife and young daughter~? No.
Find a VPN that actually works? Possible.
Post my books on Lulu, which will filter through
to the Apple Bookstore in time: Probable, I'll do
I am pleased to reveal the story of Temsey is now
complete in the main part, coming in at around 150
pages. I expect the rest of the book to flow easily
from this point onwards, as Billie Steadman investigates
his disappearance, the clues she uncovers are already
noted in the text as written. This is far more my
usual style of writing, so I expect to speed up
dramatically and finish the book by February next.
With the above completed, I am now free to pick
up on other aspects, such as listing all my books
everywhere online, and developing a marketing stretegy
for Christmas 2019.
I have been working exclusively on Temsey, and find
I am writing to a far higher standard than previous.
Time flies as I attend to the smallest detail, and
at the expense of spontaneity, writing has slowed.
However, I am very pleased with the work accomplished,
and aim to finish his story before the end of the
I have spent several months working on the first
part of Temsey, and honing the presentation of the
story, only to review and ask myself, "How
can this or that be improved?" The words would
have been as asked by my editor, Susan, but this
time I am going it alone. At times the book felt
like a 3D jigsaw puzzle, as I added a bit here,
or there, and managed to follow some aspects of
the changes ricochet through the book.
After spending the best part of two months like
a zombie, I finally started to feel well again and
get my old self back. I most definitely contracted
something, but what I have no idea. I looked at
SG-4, but then tinkered with my ideas regards the
dreams book, before needing to urgently write (That's
a split infinitive, Yay!") about Temsey. And
so I am currently writing about a man who was fished
out of the Thames, and he has zero memory.
This is really fun and I am back on my game at
last. The first part of the book is about his life
on the streets, knowing nothing of his previous
existence. But then, Billie Steadman, daughter of
Bilty from Domicile, takes up the cause for to find
him, and find him she eventually will. Before she
does, there will be a lot of current social commentary
supplied by the characters. Even more fun.
I worked through until the second of January, 2018,
and then my world fell apart. I could not concentrate
at all, and then I was unwell. By the end of January
I was displaying all the signs of pneumonia, a fever
I once endured, and one that is very not nice. February
passed in similar fashion, although the causes varied.
I did not drink alcohol for over two months and
spent most of my time asleep. It was well-weird.
Late Autumn 2017
While the below was happening in spurts, I was also
working on Star Gazer Four (SG-4). It was going
extremely well, if slowly by my standards, and all
appeared well. But I was not convinced, because
it was all too easy. Robotic even.
By late December I was over three-quarters of the
way through, and I knew in my heart that it wasn't
right. That's not to say it was wrong, but just
that it could be significantly improved. I felt
as if I was churning the words out according to
a formula, and stopped writing. My intension was
to begin a serious review and edit from the beginning
of the book, and I began. The problem was apparent
one hour later, Chapter Three needed a serious rewrite,
it was just too predictable, and any fool could
have written it. I knew what I had to do to correct
it, and then came New Year.
I became distracted editing an excellent period
mystery entitled A Traitor's Child by a new authoress,
Sarah Ibbetson. I thought we worked well together
and we spoke about her joining Charlotte Greene,
but it seems that was not to be. I wish her well
regardless. If you see this title on offer, I suggest
you get a copy, it is very good.
Regardless, it was excellent applied book working
skills for me, and the first time I had edited a
novel written by somebody else. It was a lot of
work, and next time I will need paying for it. I
learnt a lot, so I do not begrudge Sarah my input
at all. It's a bit like the old adage, 'If you can
teach it, then you know it'. And that is how I felt
about it all.
Over the weeks and months that followed, I offered
my editorial skills for other short stories, mainly
at an online story portal. That was fun, and oh
how atrocious some people's English usage was. One
stood out by a talented author, but somehow we seemed
to fall out over nothing, and although my suggestions
were incorporated in the finished online article,
I was not mentioned, credit being given to others.
Overall, that period was a great and most enjoyable
learning curve .I now know I am an editor.
End of August 2017
Boris and I produced the Autumn Catalogue for Charlotte Greene, but my heart was no longer in it––The marketeering that is. We kept the .psd file for use next time.
15th July 2017
Goodreads Giveaway is but days away. Enter to win
a free and delivered copy of Conspiracy Theory printed
book. The winner will receive a signed copy. Why
not enter, you have nothing to lose.
7th June 2017
This proved to be an expensive few days, as I sent
copies of my books to Gardners books with catalogue
and cover letter. They are the largest UK wholesalers
of books, both in print and EPUB formats. I am quietly
confident, but not expectant of being listed as
a publisher with them. These things take time. Gardners
are the doorway to Waterstones you understand, but
only for publishers.
If I am rejected, I will apply again, adding Carla's
books to the Autumn Catalogue, after having also
joined The Publishers Association in the meantime.
It is all related in book circles.
I have also sent off print books to certain journalists
who I feel may take an interest in Domicile. It
will be interesting to see what comes of that.
3rd June 2017
Carla Acheson joined Charlotte Greene this week,
and is warmly welcomed to our pool of authors. She
is a successful author I deeply respect. Having
created a Publisher - Author contract, I have since
furnished her with six ISBN's, and uploaded her
information to Nielsen, who list all books in print
for the Trade.
We have been working together to maximize the potential
of Charlotte Greene, and make it attractive to other
self-publishing authors. She has created a Facebook
page for me, as I cannot connect from China = Banned.
We are listed under 'Charlotte Greene Publishing'
or '@CGPublishingServices', whichever works for
The last week has been dedicated to updating the
Charlotte Greene website, which is now up and running
in its new format.
21st May 2017
This website is now virtually updated, and all seven
books are listed via the catalogue page, and have
one dedicated page each. These pages have a Look
Inside widget, plus buying options and more.
19th May 2017
This website is currently being updated and will
take a couple of days to complete. The major change
is the addition of seven new pages, one for each
book - all now published in both Print and eBook
Each page offers a 'look inside' feature, so the
reader can check out the first few chapters, and
discover more about each book. The widget used also
supplies buying options, although this remains a
work in progress. Regardless, the main pages will
soon be finished, and are live online, regardless
of their state of completion.
None of these pages is as yet complete, it takes
time to code, to make the images. And then out of
nowhere, creativity strikes, so instead of resizing
images, I am drawn to write a question and answer
sequence, because it is good. So today, the bare
bones. In a day or two, it will be finished. Please
bear with me. Onwards!
I spent the entirety of January 2017 eradicating
semi colons from my novels. I've also been reviewing
content. It takes time.
11th March 2017
Today I released the first
six books in both printed and Ebook forms, but only
on Amazon so far. There is one book to go: Domicile,
which has been a 'piece of work'. It is away with
Susan for final polishing, and should be available
within ten days.
I apologise, if I appear to be slow in updating
this page, and others, but my XP computer's on-board
graphics card died. I lost tools that work, making
updating these pages easy. Instead I get a lot of
needless hassle. XP will be fired up again, when
I find a suitable card.
In the coming weeks, and before the end of March
2017, I should have seven novels available on all
major and minor, western sales channels. Each is
different, and has variations of parameters. So
I'll take them one per day. I also have to send
out physical books for review and hopefully acceptance
by the Trade.
Talking of the Book Industry, their main selling
period is Christmas. I am working for sales and
promotion for nine month's time. It's weird. Trade
first, both in UK and the U.S. My Book Catalogue
is now available for dissemination in physical,
I'll follow with other online retailers: B &
H Nook, Kobo, Lulu, Goodreads - the list appears
seemingly endless. However, this is the perfect
time of year to get my books into these markets,
and with Trade supplier support, I'm still ahead
of the clock.
The associated publisher website (Charlotte
Greene) is complete, bar updating with the latest
info, and confirming links. Something else for idle
moments this month. There is a lot to being an independent
publisher, but I'm on course to succeed. Oh, and
I got my U.S. tax status with the IRS sorted already,
so that's a bonus.
One of my greatest joys as a writer of fiction, is bringing imaginary characters to life. Sometimes what they say or do is very funny, or conversely, brings a tear to the eye. My characters have personalities and emotions, something
I gladly share with the reader.
While typing their stories, I am inside the characters heads, and influencing how they as people develop over the course of the story. Some are quite hilarious, such as Da Phai Nai in Star Gazer. Others, like Bill in Fractured are
likeable rogues, or Rosa, a motherly character from the same book, who is also a very clever businesswoman.
I also get a thrill when I manage to disguise a clue, which although in plain view, the reader is led to pass over without realising the significance. Fractured book two, Conspiracy Theory, is notable for this, although it features
in all my writing.