Monthly Archives: June 2013

Just published a Little Guide on How to eFormat for Amazon’s Kindle

This is my updated, neatened Guide. It’s a simple,  A-Z, no longer than twenty-odd pages.

Those of you who want to eformat a novel created in a Word document for Amazon’s Kindle, would, I’m sure, prefer not to have to wade through a hundred pages or more in order to do something which is, in reality, pretty simple.

That was what I wanted, anyway, but was unable to find. So I wrote my own set of instructions, which, as well as posting on this blog (see eformatting, down a bit on the right-hand column), I have now uploaded to kindle.

Although, you can still print off my original instructions from this blog, for free, I decided to upload it and charge a few pence. Anyway, here’s the link to the free copy on this blog: https://geraldineevansbooks.wordpress.com/category/eformatting/.

And here’s the link to the updated version on Amazon’s Kindle: http://qurl.com/3j3lh

FIRST FELIXSTOWE BOOK FESTIVAL 15/16 JUNE 2013

The first Felixstowe Book Festival (15/16 June 2013) was a resounding success, with packed sessions and booked-out panels.

Thanks for organising this newest and most enjoyable Suffolk (UK) book festival, must go to Meg Reid. Although she had a willing band of volunteers, it is due to Meg’s initiative and sheer hard slog that the event got off the ground at all.

As one of the authors appearing there on the first day of the festival, I really did  have a great time. I never thought I’d enjoy a book festival so much. I’ve been to a few before and, apart from meeting some lovely people among the attendees, I can’t really say I’ve got much out of them on either a personal or a professional level.

I suppose this one felt different because I was actually on a panel, so I felt part of it from the start, rather than an outsider looking in. My panel was with bestselling Historical/Timeslip novelist Barbara Erskine. Barbara is a lovely lady, very warm and down-to-erarth. Her well-known novel, The Lady of Hay, recently celebrated both its 25th anniversary and hitting  the 3 million mark in sales.

We discussed different aspects of a writer’s life. And as she’s a highly successful traditionally published author and I’m a traditionally published author voluntarily turned indie, we managed to cover a lot of ground.

We had a great audience, too, who were very interested in everything we had to say. So as well as a tribute to the fabulous Meg Reid, this is also by way of a tribute to the readers. Where would we all be without you? We’d have to be queuing up for those deadly day jobs again, that’s where.

Trouble is, most of us, given the credo of the beancounters who decide these things, are probably unemployable. I certainly am. I know this because when I was unemployed, about ten years ago, I couldn’t find a job no matter how hard I tried. Potential employers were intrigued enough by my writing credentials to grant me an interview. But all of them baulked at actually employing a writer, particularly one of independent mind and inclination. Astonishingly, rather than welcoming such traits and the entrepreneurial spirit they engender, they actually seem to abhor them. No wonder the country’s in the state it is when those in management are so blinkered.

All I can say is thank God for Amazon’s Kindle and the other eBook retailers and distributors. If it wasn’t for them I’d still be on the soul-destroying treadmill of being interviewed for jobs I didn’t want by people who had no intention of employing me.

Bliss it is to be one’s own boss. Even blissier to find it pays!

For the link to the festival site and to see the line-up of authors/speakers,venues, please click: http://www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk

 

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DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1 in my bestselling, 15-strong police procedural series is now on special offer.

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DI Joe Rafferty, working-class lapsed Catholic, is cursed by coming from a family who think – if he must be a copper – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. When you add the middle-class, more moral than the Pope, intellectual DS Dafyd Llewellyn to the brew the result is murder with plenty of laughs for the reader and plenty of angst for Rafferty.

BOOK BLURB
Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty has just been promoted. Then he lands the case from Hell, one involving a corpse with no face, no ID,  no clothes, and smashed teeth, found in a place she had no business being: a private psychiatric hospital. Dr Anthony Melville-Briggs, the suave, social-climbing owner, who thinks his money can buy everything, even the police, is another aggravating factor.

As if that isn’t enough, his Ma, Kitty Rafferty, has another little problem for him: she wants him to get his distant cousin out of the cells in time for his wedding. Against his better judgement, Rafferty promises to do his best to get his cousin sprung, though he is careful not to give a time-scale for the Great Escape.

Struggling, with no solution in sight, it is only when he is reminded of his forgotten promise and goes to see his jail-bird cousin, that Rafferty begins to put the case to bed.

REVIEWS FOR DEAD BEFORE MORNING
‘This often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.’
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Evans’ humor seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. The series has stand out central characters and clever plots.’
AUNT AGATHA’S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBOR