Monday, 20 October 2014

Thame Arts and Literary Festival

I was the official photographer for the Thame Arts and Literary Festival this month, and got some great pics of Michael Heseltine and Jonathan Dimbleby on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions. It was certainly a very varied and interesting festival, with a topical focus this year, on WWI. Among the better-known authors speaking, was the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, pictured below.

These kinds of events can be useful for inspiration. The Thame Arts and Literary Festival had writing workshops, film events, a Midsummer Murders Walk, speakers, music, a comedian, and a wide variety of authors present. Here are a few of my pics.


Friday, 10 October 2014

My wake-up call to the power of KDP

I was blown away when I heard that one of our Writers' Group members, Dave Sivers, had sold 5000 copies of his latest crime novel through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Having read reports saying that most self-published ebooks sell less than 100 copies (many less than 10!) I was skeptical about the whole thing, but Dave's work is always impeccable and his success with KDP made me think again. The sales are comparable to an advance from a traditional publishing house!

Of course I've also heard the self-publishing success-stories touted by KDP themselves, but I thought these were very much the exceptions, not the rule. Undoubtedly, for the most part, they are - but hearing Dave's success story so close to home has opened my eyes to the power of self-publishing. You can view Dave's literary collection here.

Or if you prefer something more on the trials and tribulations of freelance writing, why not download Amazon's free sample pages of my own book, Freelance Writing: Aim Higher, Earn More? And if you like it, go wild and buy a copy! The paperback is now available for the bargain discounted price of £5.96/$8.09. The Kindle version is cheaper still!