Should I Self-publish, the 2016 Edition

I’ve made two posts with the title Should I self-publish? before, a few years ago. The focus of the first post was shooting yourself in the foot with the publishing industry which, once upon a time declared you persona-non-grata if you self-published a single thing. Remember that time? Ridiculous! The…

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Why don’t my books sell?

“Why don’t my books sell?” I get asked this question a bit, so I’m making a post about it, so that I can easily refer to it. Remember that I don’t have all the answers either, and there are people who sell a lot more than I do. How to…

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Does my self-published book need an ISBN?

The question of ISBNs in self-publishing comes up a bit. Traditionalists are adamant that an ISBN is “essential” and that it make you look “professional”. I have to admit to being a bit allergic to that latter word: “professional”. It’s a word that’s making a beeline for my list of…

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Before You Even Start Self-Publishing

Yesterday I had the pleasure to be invited by the New South Wales Writers’ Centre as a panelist for the DIY Digital weekend. In the audience were people who were interested in self-publishing and who were taking part in this event to learn the ropes. It was a good time,…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles book 2: setting

A while ago, I posted some pictures of this house in Amsterdam, which I’ve used as model for Johanna’s house in the first book of the Ghostspeaker Chronicles. In book 1, Johanna goes into the store room to eavesdrop on her father in his office with a guest from the…

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History: inside one of the old canal houses in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for old houses like these. Many of them were built in the Golden Age, which started around the 1600’s. Some of the most elaborate and pretty houses can be found at the Herengracht, built back in the 1600’s to house the city’s nobles (Heren = Lords). Walking…

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Ambassador 6: The Enemy Within

Ambassador 6: The Enemy Within is book 6 in the Ambassador series Two men went on a surfing trip in a remote area. Only one came back, accused of murdering the other. Sounds simple, right? Not quite, because the alleged murder happened on another planet, the accused is a member…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 6. The Necromancer’s Daughter

The Necromancer’s Daughter is book 6 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series Queen Johanna’s position in Saardam is fragile. The Barons and Kings of the countries in the hinterland are not happy that she helped the royal family to survive and is now about to ensure the next generation. They vow…

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Ambassador 5: Blue Diamond Sky

Ambassador 5: Blue Diamond Sky is book 5 in the Ambassador series As Cory takes a well-earned rest and finally submits to proper weapons training, he and a couple of people from his household go on a hunting trip in the marshland between Barresh and the turquoise sea. A bad…

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Lazy-arse curry chicken & cashew nuts

Ingredients: Two single chicken fillets, cut into chunky cubes One clove garlic One teaspoon curry powder oil 3-4 tablespoons yoghurt handful of roasted & salted cashew nuts Put a little bit of oil in the bottom of a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Chop or crush garlic and add to…

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