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  • The news has recently been announced in The Bookseller that Amazon’s Audible have finally listened to authors and representatives from the publishing industry, and have changed their returns policy – royalties will now be paid to authors if a book is returned more than 7 days after it’s purchased. The new rule will come into play from 1st January 2021.   If you have a subscription to The Bookseller, you can read their article here:   At the moment, if an audiobook from Audible is returned or exchanged within a year, the royalties are

  • So many independent bookshops are struggling terribly at the moment and are having to really think outside the box to find ways to help customers continue to use them.   Online sales have become far more important, and some businesses have been offering home deliveries, mystery book parcels, signed copies, and Zoom or Facebook events as a way of standing out of the crowd.   It is more important than ever to shop locally whenever we can, and so I was very pleased to see the exciting announcement made recently that the website

  • A couple of weeks ago, I released my first ever children’s book under my real name. ‘The Snotty Princess’ is a story for young children about a princess called Sophie, whose life is perfect, until she wakes up one day feeling TERRIBLE and discovers that even Princesses get snotty noses. The book was published on my mum’s birthday as I have dedicated it to her as a thank you for the many, many books she read me as a child. Becoming a children’s author has been a dream of mine for longer

  • My lovely little local library remains closed at the moment, but a larger one I’m also a member of has recently reopened for a few days a week. I wrote about how much I’m missing libraries during this crazy time in a previous blog post (, and so as soon as I heard a visit was possible, we decided to take a much-deserved mid-week day off to stock up on some new reads and take the dogs for a decent walk. I was practically out of the car before we’d even

  • A couple of months ago I gave you my ten favourite classic books to escape with (, but in this post I’m getting a little more up to date with my choices. I love all types of books: romance, thrillers, sci fi, fantasy… depending on my mood, but in difficult times, I find I revert to books I trust to cheer me and make me happy. I need to step away from all the terrible things going on in the world, and find some solace in a story that makes me

  • I’ve always loved the peaceful feel of libraries, and have spent countless hours studying and writing in them, but thanks to the Corona virus, I haven’t stepped foot in a library for over four months, by far the longest I’ve gone without a library-fix since I became a member of Northcote Road library in South London more than 30 years ago. That library was just across the road from my mum and dad’s antiques shop, and I would go there to do my homework on a Saturday while they worked,

  • I love to read. I read every day, and I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t. It’s a really important part of my life and I couldn’t imagine being without it. But I have 4 kids and 2 dogs, a house to run, and writing to do; I don’t have time to read for hours every day. In fact, I never read during the daytime now, not even at the weekends. All my reading is done in bed before going to sleep. I wouldn’t say I’m completely stuck in

  • For me, reading, like for so many other people, is the best form of escapism – without even leaving your home you can travel to different lands or different times, or even worlds, and become engrossed in the lives of others. In our current situation, this escapism is more important than ever before, and I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for my book collection, especially now libraries have had to be temporarily closed. I find that all the stress and uncertainty around has led me to lean upon old

  • One of the few disspiriting aspects of being a writer is having your work pirated. It doesn’t make a difference whether you’re an independent author, selling just a few hundred copies of your books a year, or a bestseller, with titles regularly in The Times Top 10, pirating is always horrible to deal with. I knew that pirating went on, but it was only when I discovered my own work had been pirated that I took the time to look into the issue. I was amazed to discover the UK government’s

  • Goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve updated! In my defence, I have been very busy! My revamped website is looking fantastic and has had a complete make-over to ensure it’s super swanky with slideshows, fade outs and EVERYTHING. All annoying gremlins have, I hope, been eliminated; many thanks to the readers who dutifully played around on the site for me and helped catch them! You’ve been brilliant. Personally, I love finding out more about my favourite authors, their news, what inspires them especially, and even what they actually enjoy reading

  • As any writer knows, other commitments, be they children, other jobs or any other of the many, many things which take up our time daily, do tend to get in the way of valuable writing time. It's sometimes incredibly hard to carve out the creative periods you need, especially at the exact point you need them. For me, it's often a case of having to grab a little bit of writing time when I can - whilst waiting for one of my children to finish an activity, or as I'm cooking

  • I'm sure pretty much every writer would agree that STARTING writing a new book is the easy bit, it's actually getting that manuscript finished that's tough, particularly when the initial excitement of the new idea wanes a little. It certainly doesn't help that life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of writing. Here are some tips I've picked up, I hope aspiring authors will find them helpful. 1: Make as detailed a plan of your storyline as you possibly can before you actually start 'writing'. The plan can