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Should we approve of everything done by the leading character in a novel? Should he or she be a “hero” in the traditional sense, or should such characters exhibit normal human flaws such as occasional bad judgement and indecision? Continue reading →
Self-publishing? Three or four years ago I knew nothing. Since then I feel I’ve made a lot of the right moves … but where are the books sales to prove it? I have good reviews and a steady trickle of sales and “reads”, but I still have a mountain to climb to achieve real visibility. Continue reading →
We’ve all met him – the boss from hell. Logistics leader Alan Treadwell is one of that breed … and journalist Mike Stanhope has to ghost-write his autobiography. Denial of Credit, Peter Rowlands’ new mystery thriller, tracks the dramatic story that follows. Continue reading →
The picture with this blog shows me pointing out my novel Alternative Outcome in a number one slot (though not THE number one slot) in a listing of other books on Amazon US website. Impressed? I was! Or was it all just wishful thinking? Continue reading →
Alternative Outcome, my first mystery drama, is free on Amazon (all markets) in Kindle format from 9 to 13 January 2017 (inclusive). If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time to get it for nothing! On Amazon UK it’s www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CK1XVHK. Continue reading →
I sent a press release out to the literary press. “Sorry, we don’t review e-books,” came the replies. How could they? If they did, they would be inundated with emails containing e-books or links to them. Some kind of qualitative mediation for indie books is apparently required. That’s the self-publishing paradox. Continue reading →
I want to promote my new novel, but for people who haven’t read my first one, the new one contains spoilers. So what should my message be? I want to say, “My new book is out, but please don’t read it – read the other one.” Yet that sounds daft! Continue reading →
High drama in the high-bay, conspiracy on the conveyor line, hijacking on the highway – not to mention overstocking in the warehouse and financial finagling on the fiscal front. ‘Deficit of Diligence’ shows logistics CAN be exciting! Continue reading →
When I published my first Kindle novel, some of my acquaintances bent over backwards to read it – even the self-confessed luddites. A few of them read it on laptop screens, even on smartphones. Yet a few were unrepentant. Their message was, “Sorry, I’d love to read your book, but I can’t stand e-books.” Ouch! Continue reading →
When it comes to the time it takes to write a book, some authors are ponderously slow, yet others seem capable of performing at breakneck pace, producing a novel in as little as two months. How on earth do they do that? And what in fact is a reasonable time? Continue reading →