What I’ve learned about self-publishing this week: It’s hard work. Not hard physical labour like harvesting the wheat in this heatwave, more like soft brain work – exercising the little grey cells. You are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process unless you have loads of relatives or friends with skills you can call upon… Read More Cover story
Hope springs eternal in this writer’s breast, as another raft of literary festivals advertise their competitions for this autumn: Yeovil, Stroud, Wells and PENfro Book Festival. There are also plenty more opportunities for annual awards – some big names and big prizes, both monetary and with offers of mentoring or critiques from agents. Have a… Read More Waste not, want not
I am busy preparing my first self-published book. Even though it’s a modest production, it still takes time and effort to make sure every aspect of the printing and publishing side is done correctly. What weight for the paper- 180 or 190gms? And the cover ? Is 250gms, too light? Matt or silk finish; white… Read More The wonderful world of ISBNs
Would you like a cup of tea, Father? I do love a good afternoon tea in pleasant surroundings with lashings of tea and scones and jam and cream. I particularly like an afternoon tea in unusual surroundings to add a certain je ne sais quoi to the proceedings. I suppose you could say that Glanquin House… Read More Ah, go on, go on, go on, go on
Two things I’ve learned this week: how an Enigma machine works and what happened to nuns after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Now there’s nothing much to link these two, except they were the subjects of two events at Devizes Arts Festival this week. You, too, may have picked up knowledge about… Read More Of nuns and enigma machines
11am 26 May 2018, The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Calne Re-dedication of the restored War Memorial They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.… Read More They went with songs to the battle, they were young.