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 🙂

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.

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! 🙂

Feature on: Southcart Books, Walsall

I’ve recently discovered Southcart Books, and I just wish that I lived nearer so that I could spend hours (and money, upsetting my bank manager more…) browsing through the shelves and discovering new authors. If you’re in the Walsall area, pop in!

If, like me, you don’t live near them, allow me to take you on a virtual tour of the bookshop via the medium of photos from their Twitter page (@southcartbooks).

Invested in a nice big table for all our comics and annuals , waist high so no bad backs.lol 🙂

modern reissues of sci-fi , and a bit of steampunk including , lovecraft , jules verne , orson wells ,Phillip k dick

some of our lovely new h.p lovecraft books now instore

photo from todays book launch , was a great day


So, if you are nearby, their address is: 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, WS1 1RL

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Top 18 Book Launch Tips

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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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It’s all about the poster art

One of the things about being indie is trying to do things on the cheap (i.e. as free as possible). This can lead to my promotional posters looking a little on the Blue Peter side. I have created a poster about our books for the Amazon Kindle versions, but I’ve tried my best. So don’t judge. *sob*

Amazon poster

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We offer a ‘supporters’ page which lists published titles
and cross-links between http://www.localbookshops.co.uk and the authors’ own
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as a source for ordering their books, by placing a link to
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Several authors, including NeilGaiman, Joanne Harris, Ian McEwan, have inserted links on their websites offering this option to their readers.

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Workshop: Standing Out From The Crowd

Really helpful advice 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

The second workshop I attended as a part of the Perth Writers Festival, 2014, was Standing out from the Crowd with indie author Susan May. Susan has an incredible story, having only chosen to become a self-published author in the past year. She already has one novel, two short stories and an anthology for sale on Amazon, has almost 40,000 followers on twitter and is the tenth most searched author on Goodreads Australia.

The workshop revolved around marketing yourself as an author – whether traditional or indie. This can be started before you publish your first work, or after you’ve published several. She mostly shared her own experience and stories of her other author friends successes – from modest earnings to the runaway success of Hugh Howie (who she just worked on an anthology with).

Susan was incredibly engaging and inspiring to listen to. A complete go-getter, she’s funny…

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Workshop: Writing For Young Adults

A great post if you’re writing YA fiction 🙂

Ceinwen Langley

As part of the Perth Writers Festival, I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with A.J. Betts on how to write for young adults. As the author of the completely wonderful Text prize winning Zac & Mia (which I read in one sitting) and part time teacher, she’s a pretty great person to listen to on the subject.

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As promised, here is a summary of my notes and the writing exercises we worked though. There was a lot of class discussion and general chat that I won’t bother going into, and this is in no way a good substitute for a three hour workshop, but it’s a decent overview and hopefully it’s helpful to some of you.

General Notes: 

  • A Young Adult book is 30k – 100k words, with the average sitting around 50k – 60k.
  • They are divided into chapters, which are usually short and…

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