Running for ME/CFS no. 39

As I explained in my post, Technophobe, Technophile, or Technosceptic?, I'm taking a complete break from the internet and everything to do with the modern technology of contact for a couple of weeks. Here, as also explained, is my programme of training for the current week. (That wonderful facility of 'scheduling allows me to do …

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Technophobe, Technophile, or Technosceptic?

How do you see today's technology? As a barrier to your progress, a brilliant tool to be manipulated at will, or simply another fashion to be treated with scorn? Take email with its multiple platforms and utter ubiquity. Can't escape it, can you? And now it's embedded into the world of mobile phones, it's probable …

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Running for ME/CFS no. 38

What happened to the 'Writing' bit? As followers of this blog will know, the book on ME/CFS is now written and selling. But, if you haven't yet got your copy of M.E. and me: Chronic Fatigue, My Recovery After 10 Years, please click on this link. The training continues apace. This was the last in …

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Internet Research for Fiction Writers, by April Taylor, Reviewed.

Sometimes, you come across a reference book and wonder, 'Why didn't I find this sooner?' April Taylor's Internet Research for Fiction Writers is such a book. An earlier find would've saved me a good deal of time. Still, now that I have it on both my iPad and Mac, I can use it for the …

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Do Androids Dream, by Maureen Turner, Reviewed.

Science fiction romance with a different sort of premise. This book tells the story of a frustrated and downtrodden woman whose life is altered forever when her uncaring husband brings home an advanced android for her to teach idiomatic English. The characters are well realised; the android is especially well drawn, which is quite an …

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Here is my interview with Stuart Aken

I’ve been interviewed by Fiona McVie on ‘authorsinterviews’. Here’s her post.



Name: Stuart Aken

Age: 67 outside, about 23 within.

Where are you from?

My mother was warned I’d be born dead, due to her shock at my father’s death three weeks earlier. But, stubborn from the start, I landed very much alive. That was in a neighbour’s bed as we’d been evicted from the home that was tied to my father’s job. This all happened in Hull, a city port in the north east of England.

Now I’ve retired from employment, I live with my wife in a small village called Lydbrook. It hugs both sides of a steep-sided green valley in the Forest of Dean, in the south west of England, and not far from the border with Wales.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Following my mother’s death, two days after my 16th birthday, I left home and joined the RAF…

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Running and Writing for ME/CFS no. 37

Writing: Those of you who follow the blog will know that the book was launched yesterday, 14 June, in digital and print forms. For those who missed the announcement, please follow this link to the post, where you’ll get the details. This part of this series of blog posts has now come to a natural …

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Today’s the Day!

From today, you can read my latest book. M.E. and me: Chronic Fatigue, My Recovery After 10 Years is now available as an eBook through Smashwords by clicking here, or in digital and print forms through Amazon by clicking here. ME/CFS is a debilitating condition that’s still not properly understood. It deprives victims of their …

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Call to Arms – Book Marketing Results

Some interesting findings on book sales from advertising.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Following my Call to Arms, a number of you responded by sharing with me your book marketing experience. I now have about a hundred responses by some fifty authors. Although some of the responses were expected, there were quite a few surprises in there for me.


For anyone wishing to take a look at the raw data, you can download this Excel spreadsheet. I grouped the results according to whether the book was offered full-price, discounted or free. I also have a fourth category titled Other, that includes any entries where this was not specified.

To compare the various ad media, I came up with a number that represents the ratio between number of sales and cost of advertising. In other word, if you spent $1 and had one sale, then this number would be one. If you spent $1 and had two sales, the number would be two, etc.

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In the Nick of Time!

The paperback proof copy arrived today and it looks good. I was hoping to get this in time for the print version to be available at the same time as the ebook, which has been on pre-order for a couple of weeks. The launch date for that is 14th June. The process with Amazon and …

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Like Being on TV; only Different.

Yesterday, 10th June, I spent an hour in live conversation online with Sally Ember. Sally is a writer and writing tutor who has ventured into the world of Google+ Hangouts in a way beneficial to readers and writers. She invites writers to share their thoughts with readers in her weekly show, Changes. I choose to …

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