Name: The Apostrophe Protection Society. Age: 18. Read the rest here.
In Kassel, Germany, at the very site where Nazis once burned over 2,000 books by Jewish and Marxist writers, one artist has built a colossal tribute to free speech. The “Parthenon of Books” is a giant temporary replica of the famous Greek temple in Athens. The installation is covered by more tha Read the rest […]
David Bowie was a pop star for most of his career from the 1960s until his death in 2016. He was known for his flamboyant style, songwriting and the ability to artistically turn on a dime. But Bowie, who died of cancer at 69, was more than a multi-platinum rock and roller. Read the rest […]
Keeping your books in front of readers is a challenging task, especially over a long writing career. I’ve tried many different strategies, and I continue to experiment as the publishing industry evolves. It’s important to remember that what worked last year might not work this year. Read the rest here.
One of the highlights of my day is learning something useful from the indie author community, and passing that along to other authors. With that in mind, here are seven of my favorite tips that permanently changed the way I publish on Amazon’s KDP. Read the rest here.
An influencer is an individual who has built a reputation for his or her knowledge and expertise on a particular topic and likely uses social media to get that message across. Pat Flynn is a notable influencer in the entrepreneur and podcaster niche, best known for Smart Passive Income. Read the rest here.
Contrary to popular belief, writers aren’t solitary creatures by default. In fact, we’re often better when we write together, swapping trade secrets and exchanging manuscripts for mutual critique. Unfortunately, accidents of geography can stop us from congregating as often as we’d like. Read the rest here.
Eighteen months after the English version made its debut, the German translation of the Renegade Spy is finally out – Staatsfeind, Kampf Ohne Regeln!
On Tuesday, I did my second Facebook Live session. In this one, I went into my new autograph cards, my paperback books, and questions from viewers relating to writing tips and my inspirations.
Last week, I finally bit the bullet and started Facebook Live streaming. I have never been more nervous in my entire life. Being live, there is obviously no possibility of edits or do-overs. But after 50 minutes, I realised I immensely enjoyed the experience.
Since the 1990s, NASA has published hundreds of photos & videos online, but these efforts have been fragmentary. That changed this month with the release of a huge photo archive — 140,000 pictures, videos, and audio files.
A formerly SECRET report uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives show that in the earliest days of the Cold War, the CIA took an interest in Soviet superstitions.
Thanks to the newly-opened Shelley-Godwin Archive, you can read “for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s finest work and arguably the most famous work of British Romanticism.
A fascinating piece in the Guardian newspaper a couple of days ago, about dead authors and their last wishes for their work after they are dead. The Guardian piece does a nice job of summarising some of them, showing that literary executors is not an enviable job.
Today was the day I thought would never come. “The Traitor” is completely 100% finished. Well I say “finished” but I am getting the beta reader team back together again and the book is now being sent out to them for reading, edification, and digesting.
When it comes to writing my books, I am a speed demon. With a touch-typing speed of over 130 words per minute and a “pantser” writing style, it isn’t long before the smoke is rising from the keyboard.
Having depression, the condition interests me a great deal and I care about educating others on the subject. There is so much ignorance and misinformation out there that it is truly staggering to stand by and watch. So I decided to do some educating.
When The Renegade Spy came out, I inevitably had the nitpickers send me emails and Amazon reviews about inaccuracies they found in the book. Oh, this gun should be called this, you can’t do this, it should be called a suppressor, not a silencer, etc, etc. Being the polite person I am, I thanked them […]
When I was younger, I had four main ambitions in life – get married, have kids, have at least one dog, and get at least two books written and published. Well, the kids are never going to happen now for a variety of reasons. But the others have come true. I’ve been married since 2010, […]
There are so many books – both fiction and non-fiction – about Winston Churchill and the war, that it has become an industry in itself. Every year, historians and publishers try to find the next unique angle about Winston, and as much as I love the man, it does get tiring after a while seeing […]
I think it’s only natural that when a writer writes a book, they instinctively visualise a certain actor or actress playing a particular role. For me, knowing who that person is helps me to establish their voice in the story. Knowing how they performed in past movies or TV programmes gives me a good basis […]
After countless tweaks and rewrites, I spontaneously decided on Saturday to just call it finished and put it out. In doing so, I finally became a published fiction writer. Yes, my 170-ish page novella, “The Renegade Spy” is finally out. It’s been a long and tiring journey to get to this stage. From conception to […]
MI5 has been around for hundreds of years and faces down many enemies who routinely threaten the internal security of the United Kingdom. They are overworked, underpaid, and understaffed. Until recently, it was official government policy not to acknowledge they even existed, and the name of their Director-General was highly top-secret. Despite their many triumphs […]
It’s hard to believe but I started writing professionally 28 years ago. Considering I am now 42, it doesn’t take a math genius to work out when I started. Yes I was a spritely young thing when I decided to start banging the keys on the typewriter. Note to millennials - a “typewriter” is what was […]
I pride myself on being really good at what I do, which is writing. My wife always tells me how freaked out she is at how fast I can type and push out articles. But quite frankly, a lot of the time, I have a lot of trouble producing the goods. If I am not […]
I have been collecting various collections since 2003, to combat the continual clinical depression that I go through. My main collection is stamps, having started my own, and inheriting two other collections, but I also collect a few other things. One of them is Notgeld. My favourite one is this Ohrdruf Notgeld banknote. Notgeld is […]
This is an article that I wrote for an educational journal back in 2004. They wanted something about children in the Soviet Union, in particular, about the youth organisations. I recently found it while cleaning out, so I scanned it and I am now reproducing it here, because I think it is one of the […]
“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already…you will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.” These words, spoken by Hitler, sums up the Nazi […]