New ebook covers

I have recently had to face up to something that I have suspected for a while, but been overly-optimistically denying to myself. For all my self pub ebooks so far, I have been doing my own cover designs (usually in Serif’s excellent DrawPlus). In the last few weeks though, I have finally admitted to myself that they are all a bit too homemade and amateurish. I have had great fun doing all of them, but I simply do not have the art and design skills to really do justice to them. Instead, I have turned to a professional – the excellent RLSather – who has provided these superb new designs. Continue reading

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The Lost Monuments Archive


I have been waiting for a while to write this post; mainly because I have been trying to choose the most appropriate time. It almost came a few weeks ago, when we all received the fantastic news that ISIS has finally been kicked out of Palmyra.

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Literally Big Money

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(Rai Stones: the giant coins of Yap)

A friend of a friend recently passed my email to another friend who is just starting out as a writer. The friend wrote to me, including some pages from their latest work, and asking if I could spare the time to read it and give them some feedback. While I’m far from a successful or established writer (yet) I was happy to oblige. Continue reading

How we will (eventually) beat online piracy

Once again, I need to start this post by apologising for the wait. The good news is that the main cause of my recent slow down is now behind me. I have finished “The Lost Libraries Archive” and – while there are still some revisions to come – I’m aiming to have it up on Amazon and Wattpad relatively soon. (Unfortunately, I may soon be going back to square 1 on my posting speed as I am beginning a new project, the first novel of a new series, side by side with the editing. More on this in future posts).

As I’m planning to bring “The Lost Libraries Archive” out online, I thought I write something today about a common concern among new authors have in the internet age: digital piracy. Continue reading