Category Archives: Information & Opinion

How to cross Facebook at your peril

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Facebook has become a big part of everyday life in such a short time that I am sure most of us will break its rules, unintentionally, from time to time. When we do so I think it is reasonable to expect a little empathy followed by explanation and understanding in the form of a friendly rebuke. I was rather disappointed at Facebook’s impersonal and rather heavy-handed approach to a purely accidental infringement on my part recently. I was handed a 7 day block, followed up a few days later with another 14 day block (the reason for the second 14 days, I know not) from sending friend requests because I invited some of a Facebook’s friend’s friends, whom I didn’t know but, like me, are writers.  Interestingly enough about 80% accepted my invitation without hesitation. So clearly they were happy to befriend me. That does not exonerate me from my misdemeanour of course. Continue reading How to cross Facebook at your peril

How to download e-books from



Cover of "Kindle Wireless Reading Device,...
Cover via Amazon


You don’t need a Kindle to be able to download and read Kindle e-books. Amazon supply free software to enable you to read Kindle e-books on other devices. Here’s what you need to do:



  1. Log on to
  2. Create an account or sign in
  3. Search for Kindle
  4. You will see a box on the right of the screen which asks you to click to download software for other hardware such as PC’s.
  5. Follow the instructions and download. Doesn’t take long.
  6. Once that is done you can browse the store and search for a specific book or author.
  7. You will have to enter credit card and address details even if you want to download FREE books.


Amazon have loads of FREE e-books so now you know how you can start to build an e-book library to read at your leisure.




How to get published without financial pain.

First book complete? – Which way now? – Sound familiar?

Published! (Photo credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography)

What flummoxed me when I researched the options for self-publishing was that the self-publishing outfits themselves expect new kids on the block to have a complete grasp of how the publishing world operates. They say ‘Here are the zillion, all-singing, all-dancing products we produce; this is what it costs; now you choose what you need.’ But the fledgeling authors have no more idea as to what they need (other than help!) than the man in the moon. Now that’s off my chest, what the hell can we do to get started and avoid total disappointment? Continue reading How to get published without financial pain.