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Jersey Festival of Words:

This is the second JFOW, a five-day literary festival featuring visiting and local writers, poets and events, writing workshops, competitions and more. This year’s festival will take place between September 28th and October 2nd, and will see us welcoming internationally renowned writers including Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières, Louise Doughty and Alison Weir to the island. My presentation is on October 1 – Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing and for once I won’t have to travel very far – Jersey is only 30 minutes from my home on Alderney.

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Good Housekeeping Self-publishing Masterclass:

Always dreamed of publishing your book but don’t know where to start? Come and meet three of who have made a success of self-publishing and learn how we did it.

On the panel with me are Tracy Bloom, author of No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday, an ebook number 1 best-seller in the UK in 2013. Paul Pilkington‘s mystery trilogy was an ebook number 1 best-seller and has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Joining us will be Darren Hardy, Head of Kindle Direct Publishing in UK who has worked with thousands of authors to sell their books.

It’s £20 for all this knowledge, a drink and goodie bag.
When: 5 October 2016
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Where: At the GH Institute, 25 St Anne’s Court, London, W1F 0BJ
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Amazon Academy in Café Moskau Berlin:

I’ll be one of 100 KDP authors at this day of talks and insights with the theme of “The Future of Entrepreneurship”. On October 6, German author Matthias Matting – find his blog here – will ask me questions on my experience as an independent author, tips for success and what I’ve learnt along the way. This is my idea of heaven – a whole day spent with other writers, journalists and bloggers with a party in the evening! I can’t wait to report back in October’s newsletter.

Killer Women:


The title says it all! This crime writing festival takes place in London, Shoreditch Town Hall EC1, on Saturday October 15th – Kate Rhodes, Val McDermid, Emma Kavanagh, Ann Cleeves and Mark Billingham will be in attendance. I will be giving my take on How to Publish a Bestseller in discussion with Louise Voss.

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Bristol Festival of Literature – How I became a Bestseller:

In conversation with SilverWood Books – who produce and distribute my paperback editions – I talk about my route to self-publishing success, and how 2015 psychological thriller Stranger Child became the UK’s bestselling self-published ebook.
When: 6-7pm, October 29th
Where: Riverside Room at Bristol Mercure Hotel, Welsh Back, BS1 4SP.
Ticketed via Bristol Festival of Literature. Please click here to view and book.


Manchester’s most literary suburb? Yes please! I can’t wait to go to this event – it takes place near my hometown on November 26 and as an author event there will be lots of Q&As on books, writing careers, self-publishing – anything you desire in fact!
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