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 🙂

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Book Giveaway For Wife Maintenance Quarterly!

Via the lovely people at Goodreads, you can win a signed copy of not only Wife Maintenance Quarterly but also Wife Maintenance Quarterly IIWife Maintenance Quarterly is a satirical comedy self-help book 🙂

SYNOPSIS
Do you have a wife?

Yes, you went ahead and did it, took the plunge and got married. And now, it’s too late to give her back and you’ve realised what an unmitigated disaster the unattended woman makes of everything.

Never fear

The marriage guidance writers of the world renowned Institute of spousal correction, Wife Maintenance Quarterly, are here to help. Whether you’ve got a fat frau, an insolent missus or a lazy wretch of a little woman, we’ve got just the right insider knowledge on which nuts to tweak to get your capsizing marriage ship-shape and tight as an au pair’s briefs.

Wife Maintenance Quarterly is primarily intended for new husbands, but it is also of use to old hands looking for tips on how to train and how to get the best out of their wives, singletons who’ve heard bad things and are afraid of making the plunge and, of course, women themselves looking for advice on how to be the best little wives they can be.*

Whatever your marital situation, make room for Wife Maintenance Quarterly on your bookshelf!

*Statistics show that at least 1 in 3 adult women can read.

Wife Maintenance Quarterly - front
Wife Maintenance Quarterly II - front

The next project from us will be…. The Undead: Book Three, Asia

So, exciting news from us with regards to our next project. Michelle will start research for the next book in the zombie series in the new year. Again it will tell the story of what happened after the zombie outbreak happened and will cover Asia.

You can buy the first two books in paperback or as a Kindle e-book:

The Undead: Book One, Overview
What might life be like in a world beset by billions of human zombies? The Undead: Book One, Overview is an introduction to a nightmarish world in which the last few million humans are living in the shadow of a terrible and incurable virus that is drowning the species under a wave of billions of zombies. Book one focuses on how a British government would react to the crisis of suddenly finding that more than 58 million of its people had become highly infectious zombies and that the survivors are all infected with an incurable condition that will turn them into zombies upon death. The worldwide Infection Event occurred in 2020 and the dwindling human race has been struggling to survive in a poisoned world ever since.

The Undead: Book Two, North America
The sequel to The Undead: Book One, Overview looks at the worldwide RVS2 zombie pandemic as it happened in continental North America. Focusing on the emotional reality of life in the Crisis and the conditions on the ground of the new nation, United America, Book Two details the continuing survival of the Western superpower, even as it stares slow, inexorable oblivion in the face.

Find out how to buy these books at our webshop.

Book review: Harry Webb in ‘A Potato With Her Name On’ by Jason Pinnington

It’s been ages since I read a book I couldn’t put down, and so I was so excited (and annoyed when life got in the way!) when I started reading Harry Webb in A Potato With Her Name On. This is the Goodreads synopsis:

The name’s Webb, Harry Webb, spider and private detective. Most people find what I do exciting, chases, shootouts, chases, fist fights, chases, escapes – you get the idea, there’s a lot of chases. Not me, I prefer the stakeout, hours sitting on some Liverpool street watching, waiting, eating, drinking coffee… minimal fees, minimal risk.

Then a job lands at my feet, a job I can’t refuse because it’s the only way out of a hole I’m in. A high profile job for a high profile client, with secrets that need to stay secret. A job that’s tougher than an overcooked steak and keeps me looking over my shoulder at every turn.

As I start drawing up a list of suspects and motives, making more enemies than friends, I realise that my job isn’t the only thing at stake here… there’s my life…

Below is the review I left on Goodreads:

Now, I did come to this book thinking that it was simply going to be a children’s book (which I don’t tend to read), but I enjoyed it just as much as if it had been written for adults. The characters, especially Harry, are likeable and life-like and you really care what happens to them. It’s well written and is really funny, though some of the lines did make me groan, but in a good way.

Harry talks to you throughout the book, and I admit that I did hear his voice as one of the characters from Bugsy Malone (one of my favourite films!) which made me smile.

Highly recommended 🙂

I know that Jason will be at the upcoming MerseyCon in Liverpool on Saturday 30th May, and in view of this, Harry Webb will be free to download as a Kindle title from Amazon on this day only, and will be available to buy in in paperback in person from him at the comic con for £5.

Kev’s Great Indie Authors

If you are an indie author and you have a book trailer, you should contact Kev’s Great Indie Authors.

They say:
“THIS PURPOSE OF THIS PAGE IS TWO-FOLD:
It gives readers a chance to glimpse indie books that they may be interested in.
It provides Indie authors a platform to further promote their book on Great Indie Authors.

I have been watching the trailers that have already been added to the page, and there are some excellent trailers on there. I really need to create one now! 🙂

Top 18 Book Launch Tips

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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A great reason to celebrate the launch of your new book, which might have taken months or years to write, is a book launch party, actual or maybe even virtual. You will want to thank everyone who helped with the creation of your book and introduce your latest work to your adoring readers. With today’s digital printing techniques it is possible to have a couple of print books to sign at your event – even if your book is officially offered only as an e-book.

Plan Your Event at Least Two Months Ahead
The date can be well after the book hit the shelves or the Amazon sales pages. Important is that you invite as much people as possible (they won’t all come! Don’t worry) and that you get as much buzz as possible from book bloggers, from your Social Media followers, local book clubs and hopefully the…

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