Seeking short stories

Are you a fan of fiction? Do you crave crime? Are you flavoured by forensics? Do things have to appear sane in your membrane?
Yes? Then there is exciting news for you from our cosy corner of the world…
We are seeking submissions for our first collection of short stories (and chapter teases) written by authors and readers just like you…
Many are EconomyEdits clients, but everyone is welcome.
Already on board are Geraldine Evans, Iris Blobel, Tony Dews, Melissa Leibfritz, David A. Eddy, John Reti, Kat Bussell, myself and others.
If you are interested in hearing more, and/or want to be considered, please send me a query at:
We would love to hear from you.

cool book for sale

If you like reading stories about humans or zombies or love or laughter or romance or the insane… or ALL of the above… then this could be the book you’ve been waiting for. 🙂

After much consideration of reader’s thoughts and suggestions… and following an extensive edit… and an investment in a super-cool new cover… the new & improved


is NOW available in paperback:

At CreateSpace:

At Amazon UK:

At Amazon US:

and for Kindle




As an aside, I am trying to build a life with my wonderful new wife, so any and all help in promoting this and my other books would be greatly appreciated. 🙂  On Amazon I can be found here:

king reviews – ‘salem’s lot



Not the biggest image, but it is the cover of the paperback I’ve been reading:



A vast improvement on Carrie, in my humble opinion. The dates at the end show it took Stephen King more than 30 months between first word and last, and given the huge difference in content and approach and detail, I have to wonder how much of that was spent rewriting. And how different a novel Carrie might have been with the same approach? In On Writing, he claims to have written most of Carrie in two weeks.  But this is about ‘salem’s Lot. 😉

I didn’t really sleep last night, so I’ve spent a chunk of time reading this over the last 7 hours. It is certainly a step toward the writer he has become, expertly merging different characters in different places happening simultaneously. But even here, he occasionally does something I don’t like, but something I know I still do, and that is to almost recap what is about to happen before backtracking and leading us through it. I feel this is kind of like a newspaper article, in that the first paragraph generally tells you the whole story in condensed form, and the subsequent paragraphs flesh out the various parts. At least, that’s how I remember it being discussed way back when I was at uni.

The place is a character in ‘salem’s Lot, and ends up feeling just as important as most of the others. Places have often featured in this way in his novels, with a quality example being IT. It also features a prologue and epilogue, which as contemporary writers we are warned against. I’m still not sure why. It has been argued that some readers skip prologues, and will therefore miss something the writer deemed important, while considering it fluff before the feast. More shame on the reader there, I say. Here, they serve as tasty bookends.

Something I had forgotten from this novel is… how few actual murders-by-vampires we see, and how little of Straker, and especially Barlow. Another surprise was how late in the book young Mark Petrie came to the fore; he’s mentioned earlier as the destination for the Glick boys, but doesn’t really appear until later. But many of the main deaths appear off-stage, as it were, although I won’t go into details here as I don’t want to spoil anything if you are new to it.

It is a scary book, and a definite page-turner, but filled as much (if not more) with character and camaraderie than vampires and neck-spoiling.

Next up – The Shining. Although I’m not sure if it will be the very next book I read (partly because I re-read it just last year, I think), it has been moved to a prominent position, with Jack Torrance already thinking, Officious little…




short, long & wonky (photos)

Yeah, these have been a long time coming. I could say because I’ve been working so diligently on my edits for others, and then so focused on my fiction, but it’s more to do with procrasti…

But now they are here. Huzzah. Well, maybe. Maybe not.

First up, me the short story collections:


Yes, there is a 3words collection, too, but I couldn’t hold three books AND click the button. It was hard enough holding two, still, in such a way they could be seen. Kinda crazy how unhelpful my hands were, and how unfocused my brain was as it tried to cope with the backwards nature of things. Anyhoo… next up, the longer works, the two available novels:


And then, last but not least re my fiction, are the Wonky Monky novellas. These are two of my favourite pieces of writing. And, as a headsup to any Wonky Monky fans out there, I am itching to get to #3, and hope to have a first draft by the end of November. But here are the first two:


And now, certainly last but most definitely not least, is my inspiration for Wonky, being my dear friend Monkey:






…nation. See?! 😉


a good day

Back to the editing ‘grind’… Although it so far hasn’t been, because I’ve loved everything I’ve worked on, so there’s that.

Then I completed the paperback upload/design for 3words Redux, so I hope to announce that tomorrow, assuming all looks good. Current cover:


And then I inserted the BE AWARE warning into TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE:

be aware image

Without the bubble. So, I hope that helps. Thanks, all, for your thoughts on the same.

Oh, and yesterday I was directed towards a FABULOUS new (to me, anyway) writer, who I will be reviewing tomorrow, when I finish reading her second book. I am in awe of her writing, and emailed her regarding a couple of things, and am equally in awe of her response. She seems to be the kind of young woman I would have loved to have been twenty years ago. Well, if I’d been a woman, of course. But her style, her phrasing… well, more tomorrow. 🙂

3words Redux kindle available

Yes, that’s right – I managed to NOT focus on my EconomyEdits job for the weekend, the first two consecutive days I’ve not client-edited since I began.

Thanks for the ok, Nicole. 😉

On top of that, I actively worked on ME things. First, I tarted up all the 3words shorts that I wanted to include in the collection. Then I created an eBook. And then I began working on the paperback version (give it a couple of days – tomorrow’s busy, and I’m back on the job again :)).

Oh, and I finished reading my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but… Man, I enjoyed reading that. I do think the intentional typos could be an issue, though, so will be stop-gapping that tomorrow or Tuesday by adding a “WARNING: TYPOS AHEAD!” type page at the start. And then see from there.

But today is more about 3words Redux now being available on Amazon as an eBook, and can be found here:

I do like that cover. 🙂

And don’t forget – 3words August will be upon is in just a few days… so please seriously think about committing just 10 minutes a day to an ongoing story. You never know – you may love it! Obviously, I think you will. 🙂



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