Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Helping Paraplegics Walk Again

Amazing new technology helping paraplegics get out of their wheelchairs and out into the world.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Summer Reading Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered and made this such a successful contest. I had winners from all around the globe which just goes to show what a small world it really is.

The winners are:


Kobo Mini ereader - Cherie S. Australia

Complete Book Collection - Krista C. USA
Autographed Book & T-Shirt - Charles N.
Autographed Book - Kay B. USA
Autographed Book - Ioanna K. Greece
Autographed Book - Shirley H. Canada

Congratulations to everyone. That was fun and I'll certainly do something similar again soon.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Beer is Quintessentially Canadian

Walrus TV discusses how beer is Canadian and Canadians are shaped by their beer.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Jackfish Reborn Paperback!

The first proof copy of the new paperback, Jackfish Reborn, has arrived. It will be available at Amazon.


Monday, 17 June 2013

Painting Again

Spending a bit of time between books painting and recharging the batteries.


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Join the Review Crew

My new book Jackfish Reborn will be out shortly. Readers who want to get an advance copy are invited to join the review crew at Review Crew.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Hugh Howey discusses Indie Publishing

Wool author Hugh Howey has a great post over at Salon discussing how the economics of indie publishing is changing the reading landscape.
"... Let’s compare music and literature for a moment. No, not the industries, which are following similar disruptions due to the arrival of the digital age, I mean the people who make music and those who craft literature. Let’s look at the artists.

How many people teach themselves to play the guitar? We celebrate this, don’t we? Even as they go through the callous-building phase, we admire anyone who learns the grammar of chords and then strings these phrases together into music. They begin by playing cover tunes the way an aspiring author might write fan fiction. They go on to strum on the sidewalk with a hat by their feet much like someone might blog and hope for a donation. They play small venues on open-mic nights that we can think of as free books on Smashwords. They get a few paying gigs, which is like self-publishing on Amazon. They hope to gain a following, local at first. Maybe they’ll get invited to open for a bigger act, which would be akin to scoring a blurb from a bestselling author. Perhaps a scout will see them live or on YouTube, like an agent noticing an author on a bestseller list. This is how artists are born. They are self-made. They perform for people. They learn and improve as they do both.

The old route for literary success looks stodgy and outdated by comparison. You write in a vacuum or for a professor who frowns on genre; you workshop with other writers; you craft a query letter; you appeal to the tastes of an intern at a literary agency; you claw your way out of the slush pile; you hope to win over an editor at a major publishing house; your book comes out a year later and sits spine-out on a bookshelf for six months; it gets returned to the publisher and goes out of print; you start over. The general reader is a mile away from you in this process. You never had a chance to be heard by the only people who truly matter. ..."

Link to the rest at Salon.com

Friday, 15 March 2013

Congrats to Goodreads Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered their name at Goodreads to win a copy of Endpoint. Congrats to the 5 winners. Start watching for your book in the mail!

Robert P. - Dunwoody, GA, USA
Dan P. - Chasetown, Staffs, UK
Denise G. - Valley Springs, CA, USA
Jenaenah D. - Vancouver, BC, Canada (Yay Canada!)
Michael K. - Las Vegas, NV, USA

And special mention to @wossy101 who was the fastest tweeter, and snapped up the last copy on twitter.

Sunday, 24 February 2013