23 October 2015

Cataloguing-in-Publication CIP

Cataloguing-in-Publication is a free service for publishers and self-publishers to include their title information into the Catalogue-in-Publication programme. The record is added to the national bibliography where it can alert libraries and booksellers to the publication’s forthcoming release.
On application, the following information is needed:-

Project’s date of publication

When your application is accepted, you will receive a copy of your CIP entry which you can include on the publication details page of your ebook/printed book.

Please consult your particular country’s national library for CIP information on how to apply.

Australian National Library

United States
Library of Congress

United Kingdom
The British Library

Library and Archives Canada

New Zealand
National Library of New Zealand

Please also note that although the CIP programme is not mandatory, the Legal Deposit of your printed publication is a legal requirement.

12 October 2015


RELEASE DATE 4th December 2015

It was an accepted fact that Beatrice Maybrick, owner and operator of the Maybrick Literary Agency, accidentally fell to her death. Or did she? Esme Timmons thought not, her suspicions fuelled by a letter she received from Beatrice following the tragic incident. Faced with this dilemma, Esme takes steps to find the killer.
Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn commences his investigation into the suspicious death of entrepreneur, Preston Alexander. With robbery ruled out as the motive, Fitzjohn is drawn to Preston’s investment portfolio and the Maybrick Literary Agency.

Finding an antiquated establishment where uncertainty prevails following the demise of its owner, Beatrice Maybrick, Fitzjohn asks himself two questions. Why did the high flying investor, Preston Alexander, invest in such a business, and did it lead to his death?
Available for pre-order from Amazon.


7 October 2015


Take Off Your Pants-
Outline your books for faster better writing
by Libbie Hawker

Some writers like to write by the seat of their pants while others prefer to be guided through the writing process by using an outline. For me, it’s been the former but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t thought about creating an outline to begin with. Having some idea of how I’m going to get from the beginning, across that dark canyon called the middle, to the end would be great.

This led me on a search for books on the subject and I'd like to share with you the book I have found to be the most helpful. As you can see, it's by Libbie Hawker.

Libbie is a writer of historical and literary fiction but in her non-fiction book, 'Take Off Your Pants', she's also skilful in explaining the process of outlining a novel in a systematic way. Consequently, with the outlining method explained in this book, I think that the story you have running around in your head will be unlocked and you'll have a solid base on which to work.

It's an excellent guide for not only experienced writers who want to give outlining a try, but also to those writers just starting out.

Related posts:- Writing A Book-Are you an outliner or a pantster?

12 September 2015


If you are a self-published author, you might think that having published your ebook you can now sit back and watch your sales climb each day. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case because as your book is one of millions, it will be invisible to readers unless you do some marketing. In other words, advertise.

The following are just a few of the many web sites where you can promote your e-book. I have used each of them at one time or another. Their prices range from the inexpensive to the expensive.

World Literary Cafe

The eReader Cafe

 Book Goodies

Kindle Book Review

Bargain Booksy

Free Booksy

Fussy Librarian


Ereader News Today

DVW Books

eBook Booster


1 June 2015


If you have read any of the Fitzjohn mysteries, you will know how much this detective, of the old guard, loves tending the orchids in his greenhouse. Not only do they help to give him a sense of peace after the death of his dear wife, Edith, they also help to dispel the images that he has witnessed through his day solving crime.

Since starting the Fitzjohn series, I have become increasingly interested in orchids and recently, was privileged to visit the National Orchid Gardens and Mist House at the Botanical Gardens in Singapore. I took advantage of the situation and kept my camera rolling. Here you will find some of the orchids I captured with my camera.

Did you know that orchids are the largest in the flowering plant families with more than 25,000 documented species.

Orchid seeds are the smallest seeds in the world, comparable to a particle of dust.

The flat leafed vanilla plant is a species of orchid.

Orchids have a symmetry similar to the human face.

Although orchids are thought to be tropical plants, they grow on every continent in the world except  the Antartic.

The tall orchids to the left here are grafted onto bamboo so have a tall effect.
No wonder Fitzjohn loves his orchids!

28 March 2015

Non-US Writers-It's Tax Time Again

If you live outside the U.S., are a writer and have sold books in the U.S. during the 2014-15 financial year, you will no doubt have received a Form 1042-S 2014 (Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding) from Amazon or whomever you sell your books through.

If so, you will need to complete Form 1040NR (U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return), attach Form 1042-S, and lodge it with the Internal Revenue Service.

Instructions for filling out this form can be downloaded at:-

and mailed to:-

Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215