The Rules of Golf

(For the season that’s in it, with the first Major of the year under way) 1. On the first tee, make sure your phone is switched ON. Find an annoying ringtone here 2. When playing a shot, never let go of the club. 3. Keep out of the line of fire at all times, and […]

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My First Book (blog 2)

Following that commercial line edit, and after reading a mountain of how-to-write books, I took a year to complete a number of further edits and rewrites of my first book. The first chapter changed at least 300 times, and I rewrote the ending maybe 20 times. There are a number of reputable literary consultancies in […]

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eBook editors?

I’m now planning to self-publish on Kindle. It seems this is the way of the future. Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler have published an eye-opening conversation on the subject here Near the end of that discussion, Barry says: “To turn a manuscript into an actual book and get it into the hands of a reader, […]

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My First Book (blog 1)

In 1996 I began to write a book. I wanted to write a murder mystery about a serial killer where the scene of the crimes kept shifting. I decided to set it during the First Crusade, which started in 1096 – exactly 900 years earlier. I began by rereading Steven Runciman’s wonderful book: A History […]

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