Note to aspiring writers
It’s always good to hear from you, and I’m more than happy to answer your questions about the craft of writing and the publishing business if I can.  What I can’t do is undertake to read/critique your manuscript.  Nor can I help you find a publisher or agent.  Sorry, but if I said yes to the many requests I get I’d spend all my time reading your work and never doing my own.  The best advice I can offer if you want to be a writer is … write.  A lot.  And read copiously too, to learn from the way others do it. 
Good luck!


In last month’s update I featured three of my books whose Kindle edition prices had been reduced.  We’ve been seeing price reductions across the board since VAT on e-books was finally abolished in May.  I think the lockdown has played a part too, in the sense that bookshops were closed for months, and with that outlet denied them, publishers have been using lower prices to stimulate online sales.  Sales of books in all formats online are certainly up due to quarantine; whether the increased numbers of e-books being downloaded will see a permanent jump in digital reading remains to be seen.

The Legends series of anthologies, edited by Ian Whates and published by NewCon Press, to help financially support the now defunct David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy, have also had their Kindle prices reduced.  The stories in these volumes are by some of the leading names in fantasy fiction, and all were specially written for the anthologies.