Pen names, or the trouble with having a common name.

Ok, so my given name is Craig Brown. In the UK this is not exactly an uncommon name. There's a reasonably well known writer with the name who isn't me, there was a Scottish soccer manager, and so on. When I started out writing I tried to think of ways to counter this, mostly involving... Continue Reading →

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) kicks off in a few weeks and I think I am going to do it this year. I've thought about it in the past but never done it The excuses are easy - when would I have the time, do I have an idea ready for a first draft,... Continue Reading →

Createspace and print editions.

Createspace. Amazon's resource for creating, amongst other things, printed editions of books. Even as a fan of the Kindle for publishing I do have to admit to there being a certain thrill to holding a physical book in your hands. We all started reading with print so it speaks to something deep inside to have... Continue Reading →

Serials and collected editions.

Once a serial is finished how long should you wait before listing the collected version? Once the collected edition is up, how long should the serial episodes be up? Should they stay available forever, or be taken down?   Honestly, I don’t know. The collected edition of my serial, New Dawns, probably went up way... Continue Reading →

Starting something new

I'll admit it, things are tough at the moment. I'm studying full-time on a course where we (the students) are not getting as much support as we might hope for, my funding has been cut and the workload is huge. This doesn't leave a lot of time for writing and it means my motivation levels... Continue Reading →

A short update on numbers.

Ok, time for a quick update on where I am at with download totals. Overall 5,143! Much higher than I was expecting. That breaks down to: Second Time Lucky? 1,607 Sovereign Nation 1,639 Chasing The Future 325 New Dawns, Season One, Collected Edition 738 New Chances (New Dawbs, Season One, Episode One) 767 New Dawns,... Continue Reading →

Failure to Launch.

No, not the awful rom-com. That is a movie so bad I think it may technically qualify as a crime. Instead I am talking about the launch of my latest book, New Dawns, which collects the serial I published recently. For the launch two promotion were booked in, one was booked on 23rd November and... Continue Reading →

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