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New worlds, new stories.

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful of Stories (permanently free), A Hatful of Stories, and the current WIP, A Stocking full of Stories.

I realise, of course, how lucky I am to have the time to be able to do something I truly love, which is just as well, as my previously written books, The Silver Flute Trilogy, will also be undergoing a metamorphosis. They will soon no longer be available on Amazon, in their current form, as my publisher and I have parted company (amicably).

Instead, after some re-editing and new covers, I will be self-publishing them.

Added to which, I’ve decided to write a prequel to The Silver Flute Trilogy,  called: Midnight Tales. It will take the reader back to the beginning, outlining how, where, and when, the main protagonists came together. 

So, as you can see, I’m going to be fairly busy for the foreseeable future. Where on earth did I get the time to go to work? 😀


A sense of achievement…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by Kate Jack

…there’s nothing like it.

Gaining a sense of achievement is, for me, akin to getting a five star review for my books. Since I retired back in May, I’ve achieved more – writing wise – than I’ve done for years. Freeing myself from the shackles of work has indeed given me a better perspective on life.

I’ve even gained achievement in other aspects of my life, such as ridding myself of excess possessions and dispensing them to various charity shops. Having said that, every time I drop off a load of bin bags filled with goodies, I end up buying something else to take their place 😀

However, my greatest achievement to date, is formatting and uploading to various online retailers, my first self published novel, A Pocketful of Stories. Over the years, I’ve watched people self publish with increasing confidence and most self published novels, nowadays, are of the highest standard and quality. So I thought now that  my time is my own, why not have a go? I have to admit I did wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I girded my loins, downloaded Smashword’s free guide to formatting and set to.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life! At the beginning of the guide it warned that it would take a few hours to carry out the formatting to the standard required by Smashwords. Hours? Try two days! However, I got there in the end and I have to say I’m very proud of the results. The book cover I commissioned from a site called: Custom e-book covers, for the very reasonable price of £49.99. They guarantee to deliver the goods within 3 days and they did; excellent customer service, as far as I’m concerned. 

Custom e-book covers 

When it came to actually uploading the manuscript, I can tell you I was dreading it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it uploaded first time and apart from a few spelling errors, which I immediately corrected, it was accepted for Smashwords Premium catalogue. This means they will distribute it more widely than other books that don’t make the grade. I then uploaded it to Amazon and it went without a hitch. 

So, my little chick-a-dees, the moral of this tale is that if a technophobe like me can format and upload to a digital retailer, then anyone can 😀

Grab your free copy from any of the retailers listed below.


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it’s raining books – hallelujah!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on December 9, 2012 by Kate Jack

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There’s nothing better than a good book, we all know that, and in these days of electronic reading devices our buying power has never been greater. The publishing industry is on the change too, as the advent of self publishing allows writers the opportunity to get their work out there. However, this can be a doubled edged sword, as some of these books are far from readable and clearly not ready to be allowed out into the world. On the other hand there are a lot of little undiscovered gems too.


So, be it stormy or fair, the writing and reading world as we know it, is changing and expanding beyond its previously rather restrictive boundaries. In the main this is a good thing, allowing readers more choice and the ability to decide for themselves what they wish to read, rather than being dictated to by the trends and fashions the publishing houses churn out.  It also gives self publishing and new indie publishers opportunities that previously never existed.


So, let’s all join together to sing and dance in the rain of revolution and immerse ourselves in this bright new writing paradise.



The future of reading – e books v paper books.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by Kate Jack

Personally I hope that printed books will continue to thrive. The feeling of holding a “real” book in your hand just can’t be beaten. Having said that, I own a Kindle and I love it. It’s easy to use and can contain a whole library, which makes it convenient to carry around wherever you go.

There’s also the cost. Most e books are quite a bit cheaper than printed books, which means the buying power of readers is increased. The quality of e books has also improved, although a few still leave a lot to be desired regarding editing, spelling, syntax and so on, but even “proper” books contain the occasional error.

There’s no doubt that the popularity of reading devices, such as Kindles, have increased and that self-publishing is on the rise, added to which some established and  up and coming publishers are also going down the electronic route and opting to publish e books.

We can all be resistant to change, but can be persuaded to try something new, like e books. Why? Well one of the reasons, as I stated above, is convenience.  Another reason is environmental. Can we afford to continue chopping down trees to make paper? Yes there’re sustainable forests, but nothing lasts forever. Alternatives may have to be found for paper eventually, one of those being devices such as Kindles.

I fervently hope that printed books continue in one way or the other, but we also need to look to the future.


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