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:

TMST – a novel approach

Some of you may be aware of my behemoth of a novel, TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE.

tmst 900

At over 275,000 words, it is a little heavy on the hands, not to say the pocket, as CreateSpace & Amazon retail it at around £15/$19.

Now, despite it being a long tale, I believe it is an interesting one, and well worth the time and effort required. But, of course, I probably would say this, right? 😉

So, I have come up with an idea…

I will remove the current full edition that is available on Kindle or as a Paperback, and re-publish the novel in four parts.

The book is already split into four cliff-hanger-y sections, based around the four seasons in a year (yes, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring), and it is my idea to re-publish one in each quarter of the coming year on the first day of each of those seasons (June 1st, September 1st, December 1st, March 1st), thus building into a 4-book series spread over a year.

While a 720 page book can feel a little scary to pick up, four 180 page books should feel quite tasty by comparison.

Also, it gives me a chance to re-edit as I go.

Oh, and I intend to make the first part available as a FREE eBook, throughout the year. And the subsequent three parts should all retail for less than £5 or $7. Well, that is the hope; and having had a quick run through the numbers, I believe this is doable.

Any thoughts/suggestions/comments? All appreciated. 🙂


zombie-vampire fiction

Yes, regarding my story.

Well, I have written 6105 words today, and expect another 2000 or so tomorrow, and then I think this short story –or chapter, as in many ways it feels like it could become a book– will be done, and I will decide what to do with it.

Edit first, probably, unless I decide it is a novel and simply push on. But, I think, if it does become a novel, it will have 6-8 specific chapters like this, being self-contained but also part of a whole. Interesting.

I struggled to find the voice to begin with, and fought between 1st and 3rd person for the first twenty minutes or so, writing something in 1st then trying it in 3rd, hoping for inspiration regarding which felt better, stronger. And 1st won out. But we shall see.

The main character, Denny, is a dead man. And he just met Liz, a vampire. Well, she certainly looks like one.

I’m not yet sure re a title, as I’m torn between something grammatically incorrect (it will make sense when you read it), or something where a potential reader won’t see it and think, “He can’t even get YOUR correct!” Current possibles are:

  1. Your Killing Me With Words
  2. You’re Grammar Kills Me
  3. Real Live Dead Man
  4. Your A Dead Man

Any thoughts?


exciting times

Okay, back to writing-based posts… 😉

But this is exciting. To me, at least. For the moment. Although hopefully it might become at least a little exciting to you in the days and weeks to come…

I was e-chatting with a dear friend earlier, joking about this and that, and do believe I chanced upon an idea for a character who could run and run. Almost literally.

And it would include maybe a little bit of smut, being something I was told this week pulls in the readers more than my usual fiction. And will heavily feature a Zombie, being something else I was told pulls in the readers etc. Well, that and a vampire. And I’m trying to squeeze one in… 😉 So…

  • smut? check
  • undead? check
  • vampire? check-ish

I could be good to go. 🙂

I’ll let things ferment… foment…? overnight, and hopefully sit down and write a first draft tomorrow. So long as it remains a short story. 😉 Knowing me it might not. But some new fiction. From me? Huzzah. Looks like I might be taking a break this weekend, after all.

Then I’ll need to decide whether to offer this one (and others in the potential series) for free, in the hope readers of these (hopefully) ‘popular’ stories might like them enough to stop by and try something else I’ve written? Here’s hoping.



just £2.99 or $3.99

Yes, those are the prices. 🙂

Prices for what?

Well, the prices at which it is beginning to look like I might be able to offer the paperback version of part 1 to my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE, being TELL. 🙂

Of course, it would leave me earning just 1p profit from the English buyer, and around 10p from the American. 😮

But, as its eBook compatriot will be available for free, thereby earning 0p profit, and the whole idea is to offer readers a teaser for the rest of the book, I don’t have a problem with that. 🙂

ALL I need to do now is re-edit the text to remove those intentional errors, and finalise the new (and exciting) cover with the wonderful woman designing it. 🙂


four books or a four-part book

This is the dilemma I still face when considering my 700-page novel Tell Me Something True.

Although many-stranded, it is all one complete story, and takes place over one year. Well, the main thread does. Heh.

But there are four distinct parts to the novel, and I do still wonder if it might be more palatable for a potential reader if split? As in, a four-book series?

It would mean each quarter would be easier-to-afford, but overall the reader would spend more for the complete behemoth (to use Tamsin’s description in her review). 

For example:


  • 1 x eBook @ £2.94
  • 1 x paperback @ £14.99

If split…

  • 4 eBooks @ £0.99 each = £3.96
  • part 1 paperback … 130 pages @ £5.99
  • part 2 paperback … 190 pages @ £6.99
  • part 3 paperback … 190 pages @ £6.99
  • part 4 paperback … 190 pages @ £6.99 … so total of £26.96

Do you think they would be likely to gather more interest? At the very least, I suppose, the first one would be a cheap introduction to the novel, at almost a third of the cost of the whole book, offering a taster which might entice readers to try before buying the remainder (or whole thing)?

I might even be able to offer the first eBook for free? And possibly host a giveaway for it, or a free paperback #1 as a competition prize, when at the moment it’s not so easy, given its size?

Any thoughts? Always welcome. 🙂

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