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BBFH (and Other Poetry Updates)

BBFH (and Other Poetry Updates)

I’ll be putting some of my cool photos from York up soon (if you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen a lot of them already), but I just thought I’d update you on the status of Broken Body Fragile Heart, my third poetry collection and the only one theoretically available in paperback. Theoretically being the key word there. You may remember that a while back I made the decision to sell the paperback through Amazon rather than directly…

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A Few Poetry Announcements

A Few Poetry Announcements

Though I’m still in my mini blogging hiatus, I’ve got a few announcements to make regarding my poetry. Before we start, this is a reminder that descriptions, reviews and links to where to buy my poetry are all listed on the Books page. :) E-book editions A while ago I made all of my collections available on Nook and Kobo, taking them out of KDP Select in the process. Since I did that, I’ve sold a grand total of ……

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Poetry Advice From A Folk Musician

Poetry Advice From A Folk Musician

I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you that Broken Body Fragile Heart will be released on October 1st and you can pre-order it soon on Amazon. You know, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. I’ve been formatting it for the last however long, trying to get it right first time this time. It’s been a long time coming, I know, but we’re getting there. So. That’s a thing. Actually, I had a…

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What’s The ‘Write’ Thing To Do?

What’s The ‘Write’ Thing To Do?

So, possibly you remember that I mentioned I was entering a few poetry competitions. Probably you don’t, because that was a while ago. The first competition I entered was a free competition from United Press, to which I entered three poems. Today, I received a letter from them. I didn’t win. Which is a shame, because £100 would have been nice, and might even have fed my book-buying habit for a little while. But, they wanted to publish one of…

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What I’ve Learned From Publishing On Nook

What I’ve Learned From Publishing On Nook

I’ve been uploading my poetry collections to Nook (and also to Kobo, but that’s not what this post is about), and I have to say it hasn’t been an entirely smooth process. While Amazon allows you to upload a Word file and then basically does the formatting for you — with surprising accuracy — it’s definitely advisable to format an ePub file before trying to publish it. I’ve never really formatted e-books before, so this was a steep learning curve….

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A Novelist, A Poet, And A Sensible Human Walk Into My Head…

A Novelist, A Poet, And A Sensible Human Walk Into My Head…

I remember reading an interview with Carol Ann Duffy in school last year where she said, “Sometimes when you write a poem, you don’t know if you’re ever going to write one again.” And I thought, “That’s ridiculous. I write poems practically every day.” My friends, I am a fool. I don’t believe in writer’s block. Okay, so some days it feels like pulling teeth, but I can still write. It might be rubbish, but if it’s a first draft,…

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The World Of Poetry Is Changing

The World Of Poetry Is Changing

I rarely talk about poetry on this blog, and given that I’m trying to persuade you to take me seriously as a poet (at least as seriously as you ever take me), I thought I should remedy that. Fortunately, I have plenty of ideas, following on from a discussion I had with a friend yesterday about poetry and the publishing industry. After I’d said that one of my primary reasons for self-publishing my poetry collections was that it’s almost impossible…

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Guest Post: Bella Talks Indie Publishing

Guest Post: Bella Talks Indie Publishing

So, here it is – the first Guest Post (note the capitals) since ‘A Farewell to Sanity’ began a year and a half ago, and most definitely not the last. I took a risk and asked my sister to write for us, despite the fact we rarely agree on anything. But actually, when I read her post, I found that our points of view were not all that dissimilar after all. I’ll see what you think after you’ve read it….

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Escape! A Play

Escape! A Play

Today, as part of the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain, I’m writing a post based on the prompt: “What is the first thing you remember writing of your own accord?” I urge you to read other posts on the chain – I had the hard job of starting, and I’m sure they’ll all render me insignificant as soon as they post! All the details are on this page. Just recently, on the internet, I’ve started using my real name,…

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Feather Pen Friday: A Day Late: PROOF COPIES

Feather Pen Friday: A Day Late: PROOF COPIES

I’m so sorry, dear readers, I really am. I fully intended to write this post yesterday and, well, the only excuse I can offer is that I was having technology issues and couldn’t get onto the internet. I wanted to talk to you about my proof copies! Yeah! Proper printed books! Basically, if you complete NaNoWriMo you get given this code thing, right? It’s for a company called CreateSpace who are a self-publishing company. Right now I’m not sure that…

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