AUTHOR STUFF 1Overall it has been an active twelve months in the  promotion of my books. As such, I hope that 2018 follows in the same vein…

With that in mind, can I take this belated opportunity to say a few thanks?  To all my blog followers and those of you who supported me at the various venues which hosted the BOOKS & BOATS talks.  Of course a special thanks to you if you have purchased any of my books, either directly, via a stockist (new list below) or from Amazon/Kindle.

Being a ‘self publisher’ means that I, and I alone am responsible for not only creating the various works in the first place, but drawing up the sales plan: the marketing, staging presentations, doing radio interviews, winning stockist outlets – where the main book sellers continue to treat us ‘self sellers’ as competition. Then there is the financing: cost of proofing, cover designs and print runs. And, not forgetting the time required for organising the Books&Boats venues. But, sure … what else would a retired gentleman be doing?

But hey, as I’ve spent over 30 years locked in business (sales and marketing) it all remains, mostly, enjoyable … and more so, when it comes down to signing off copies of either, or both CHASING SHADOWS AND ARTHUR’S DEAD for yourselves, it’s a pleasure.

Updated Stockist List

Foyle Books, Magazine St., L’Derryarthurs-dead_cover_final

Smyth’s Musique&Bookstore, Railway St., Newcastle

Carlisile Book Shop, High St., Omagh

Larne Tourist & Information Centre

The Bank House, Whitehead

Sands Marine, Oxford Island, Craigavon

Bosun Bobs, High St., Bangor

The Book Nook, Main St., Larne


Bookings however, for the 2018 ‘tour’ of Books & Boats have been a bit slow on the uptake – yes, I know that I should have started earlier!


In fact, the only dent so far on the venue calendar is April 17th with the Shimna U3A group in Newcastle.  This will be my first encounter with the ‘University of the Third Age’.  Somewhat apprehensive about this presentation as there is no definitive maritime connection.

I’ll be a bit out of my comfort zone…

Currently, I continue to work on novel number three.  I was listening into the Ken Bruce show on R2 this morning (11th Jan) where the forthcoming Show Patrol album was being discussed.  Gary Lightbody was being interviewed.  He was telling how he had gone through a serious mental writing block. It had seriously slowed down the band’s out put.  ….  I had an immediate understanding of what he had gone through!  So – forgive me for aligning myself  with county Down’s finest.

I too am happy to report that the keys of my laptop are being punched again and I hope that I will be published by the summer.  Currently, my thinking is that this, novel 3 will be a stand-alone Kindle production … unless of course a kindly ‘agent’ rides over the horizon and leads me off to a commercial publisher.

That’s it for now...


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