So, I’m now writing a book…

As well as being the publicist for my wife Michelle’s books, I will also be my own publicist soon as I am writing my own book.

It’s a romantic comedy that is being written over the space of a year, diary style, and is semi-based on my life (hence the diary style-ness of the book). I’ll update when I have news, but for now I’m still kind of in the planning stages 🙂

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How To Survive Writing The Story With No Title #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Great advice!

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I never thought the writer control freak inside of me would permit the writing of a story WITH NO TITLE.

Even writing the words ‘no title’ make me shiver.

I never thought I could start writing a story without typing the story title at the top, making it bold and underlining it.

I never thought I would have to manage a bunch of characters in my head who are part of ‘the untitled story.’

Can I just say that its not been easy for my characters as theyhave faced a lot of ridicule from my other characters, who are part of a story with a title.

I never thought I could write something referred to in my head as ‘untitled.’

If I had met you a few months ago and you had asked me to start writing a story without a title, I would have given you an odd…

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Well hello!

Wow, it seems that I haven’t been on this website since July 2016, yes 2016! The world of Merryn has been really busy and I have changed jobs so I haven’t really had the chance to be on here. I’m looking forward to catching up with book news and I will be posting again soon 🙂

Calling all self-published UK authors!

As well as running this website and my events website What’s On Where UK, I also run a digital quarterly magazine called Merryn Magazine. Over at Merryn, we love to champion independent retailers, unsigned music artists, charities, community groups and events. We also love to champion self-published authors, so every Wednesday, we will be bringing you a different self-published UK author! Take a look here for more information 🙂

Kindle Scout

Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?

Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.

In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.

I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.

I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.

I think it’s a great idea!

Accepting You Are 100% Responsible For Making Your Writing Dreams Happen #SundayBlogShare #writers

An excellent post!

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Taking Responsibility For Your Own Writing Dreams-4

This situation can really ruffle your writing feathers. Its only taken me 18 months to accept this.

  1. Newbie Writer Dream Euphoria. You are a fresh faced newbie writer with a head full of writing dreams. They mainly involve you turning into some best selling novelist overnight, rushing through airports in dark shades and undertaking international book signings. Your glittering literary career will start to take shape the second you get your writing out there – sigh!  You press ‘publish’ on your first blog post, showcasing your latest bit of flash fiction, lie back and watch your phone like a hawk.
  2. Await the arrival of a magical creature. Things haven’t gone according to plan with your glittering literary career. You are sticking everything in your writing folder on your blog but sadly the only response you have had is a handful of likes and a few spam emails about some steamy bedroom activities. You…

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“A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars”

I have just come across an article on The Guardian’s website, “A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars“, where they say, “Of the nine best picture nominees to be announced this Sunday, four are based on novels and one – The Big Short – on a celebrated account of the 2008 financial crisis.” This is great news for all authors out there, as there are so many books out there that would make great films, if only they were picked up. How many times have people gone to see films and said “the film was better” or “the book was better”? There couldn’t be that conversation without there having been a book in existence first.

Stylist.co.uk posted their “100 best films based on books“, and having looked through the list, I must admit that I hadn’t realised that so many of them started out as books first, with the oldest film being from 1924 (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) to 2011 (Water For Elephants).

So, if you’re currently promoting your book, or even still reading it, you never know: it might be the film adaptation of your book that’s up for an Oscar in the future! 🙂