Friday, 16 December 2011


It's very exciting - as I was creating e formats of Paranormal Investigations through various outlets I noticed Lulu's print on demand format looked fairly easy to set up. I had a play with reformatting and came up with a suitable file. I then had to create a cover - which is not easy without a good image. Luckily I had two to choose from, Michael Farmer of The New Splicer designed my Nanowrimo cover and Tirz (see her blog on my blog roll below) created another one for me. I then had to pick an image and make it work in the Lulu cover making format. I ordered a proof copy and it arrived within days, it's not perfect so I've made a few alterations. This is not bad considering I ordered a Createspace proof before and it is still in Illanois and not predicted to be with me until the end of January.
If you would like your own paperback version you can order it at a discounted price of £4.50 for the rest of this month (then back to £6) here!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


I am a book hoarder.  There, I've come out and said it.  My teenage years were spent investing in books, books and books.  Even if I hated them after reading I never threw them out.  By the time I went to university my father had put up two lenghty book shelves in my bedroom and they were two deep and three high - and I still had books in boxes.  When I got to about 25 I decided it was time to throw out the bad books - so out went the sequel to Gone With the Wind although GWTW itself stayed.  I threw out lots, but I was still drowning in books.  As an amateur historian and writer I also have a large collection on my favourite periods of history and historical characters and I keep them because 'they might be useful one day'.  I also have an assortment of books on Norway because I was going to write a novel partly set there.

I have now found the solution for my hoarding of books, because despite loving them I get a bit creeped out when they begin to get dusty and yellow.  Some months ago I bought a kindle.  I never thought I would be the type of person to 'get into' e readers, but I played with my friend Jackie's and I was hooked.  She discovers lots of great writers and books that she passes on to me so it was only right I be guided by her on how I read my books as well.

I now have two piles of books sorted and some remaining on my shelves.  Those on my shelves are signed first editions (mainly Jasper Ffordes - including two in Portuguese I bought at the Fforde Ffiesta auction, and no I can't read or speak Portuguese) and the two piles are 'charity shop' and 'books my brother might like'.  Into the charity shop go some good books that I once felt the need to 'own'. I can now give them away knowing that the classics are free on my kindle and the others I can purchase should I suddenly have an urge to read again.

My shelves, and life, are a little less cluttered and all that knowledge and pleasure is on one small electronic device.  Twenty-first century - I have finally embraced you!