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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 →
Are serial novels cop-outs, or do they represent just as legitimate and valid an art form as stand-alone novels? When I started writing novels, I vowed to myself that I would never write a series of books about the same characters. It seemed like an admission of defeat. I would only write stand-alone novels. Yet now I have. I’ll be launching my latest novel on my web site in the next few weeks, and it’s a follow-up to my first. Why?
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When is a self-published book a good book? At a glance, it’s often hard to tell. Many are wonderful, but others suffer blemishes (incorrect punctuation, bad formatting or poor writing). If only there were a quick way to distinguish the good ones. Continue reading →
It was sobering to read in a ‘Motor Transport’ review of Alternative Outcome that ‘Peter Rowlands claims to have written for this very publication, but no one here remembers him.’ Sic transit gloria mundi! Well, I did. Continue reading →