Want my books in epub? I’ve got you!

So, up until now I’ve been Amazon exclusive. But I felt bad about that. After a summer of torpor, I’m now beginning to stir back to life. The first thing I thought I should do was to spruce up my website, and to go wide with my book distribution.

Monopolies are ruining our world, after all, and Amazon is not among the top greenest or most humane companies. Time to take the hit and de-couple myself from their ebook empire.

Accordingly, my books are now available on a multitude of other platforms from Kobo to Scribd.

I look forward to meeting a whole new audience, as well as accommodating my old one a bit better 🙂


Amazing SF/F novel sale bundle

Check out this fantastic bundle of SF/F titles available for 99c over December!


My Witch’s Boy is one of them, but there are thirty-four other books to choose from! Yes, you heard that right! THIRTY-FIVE sf/f books to choose from. You could buy five books for the price of a coffee

Must the sins of the father be passed down to the sons?

Peasant boy Oswy, sold to witch-lord Sulien FitzGuimar, thinks he’s destined to be carved into spell ingredients. Yet behind Sulien lurks someone even worse – his old master, Tancred, now the king’s mage.

When Tancred stages a coup, dragging the elves into his Empire-building plans, the woman he has set his sights on as a bride – aspiring nun, Adela – sets out to find someone to oppose him. But dark magic is addictive and hard to escape. With all their lives in peril, the fate of the world may balance on Sulien’s traumatized soul.


Plan for the future

I finally have a PLAN, huzzah! How to go forward with my three pen names:

I’m currently writing a space opera with the aim of it being the first in a decent-sized series that will be a blend of Star Trek, Star Wars and Stargate. (Star Trek mainly because I’m fed up of all the grimdark stuff out there and I’ve decided that my future will be more utopian than the present. Also Curiosity is a scout ship, going where no one has gone before.)

That’s under the working title of Curiosity. So, the plan is:

  • Write Curiosity #1
  • Write another Trowchester book
  • Edit Curiosity #1
  • Write another Dancing Detective book.
  • Edit Trowchester #4
  • Write Curiosity #2
  • Edit DD #3
  • Write another Age of Sail book
  • Edit Curiosity #2
  • Edit the AoS book

After which I will stop and see what things look like again. I’ve discovered that the majority of people who read cozy mysteries are over 40, so once I have a DD trilogy, I might start a new series with an older sleuth.

I’m currently writing 3000 words a day, which means that (illness and family crises aside) I can finish a 75K book in a month. But I need to work some time in here for:

  • researching and planning all these books
  • learning how to use Amazon Ads and Facebook Ads in a way that actually makes me money rather than losing it.
  • Oh, and become a cover artist as well…

It’s good to have plans 😉



OMG, isn’t Amazon’s Cover-flat template utter crap! You plug in your trim size and your number of pages so it will calculate the size of the spine, and it then lets you download a template which will not be the right size.

What’s the point of that then? Grr!

I’m currently getting around it by uploading a blank file for the cover flat first. Then I get an error message that says “Your image should be [x by y dimensions]!” And then I go away and make the file to those dimensions, randomly guessing at where the gutters and spine should be.



Get 17 new SF/F books for free!

This is such a good deal, omg 🙂 I know I mentioned it on the 1st of October, but today is my designated day when I’m supposed to share it, so for anyone who missed it last time, this is a bundle of 17 SF/F novels being given away for free. You don’t have to have them all – you can pick and choose which ones you fancy. I’ve only managed to review one, so far, but that one was very good.

Go and have a look – it’s going to cost you absolutely nothing 🙂



How to swap your books from Createspace to KDP

I’m glad to say I’ve finally got this done. I’ve been periodically clicking the “migrate your books from Createspace” link over on KDP, only to find that while it took me to the correct account, it persistently refused to actually verify that account.

I also tried logging on to Createspace, waiting for a popup window to materialize to allow me to do it from the other direction. That didn’t happen either.

I was worried that whatever system they’d written did not work for me and I would have to wait for the mass migration and take my chances.

However, entirely without me doing anything, today I logged into Createspace again and there the popup window was. I followed the instructions and it went ahead without a hitch. Which suggests to me that they just hadn’t got round to my region yet, and I should have had patience.

The actual process itself does not link your paperback to the ebook version of the novel. You have to do that manually. Go to your paperback and click “Link existing ebook.” If your ebook has the same title as your paperback, it will show up in the results box. Then you click on it and lo and behold, the two versions are linked.

I had a slight problem because–out of curiosity, and once or twice just out of absent-mindedness–I had started to create KDP paperbacks of books I already had in paperback on Createspace. These unfinished, draft KDP paperbacks were already linked to the ebooks, meaning that the finished and perfected Createspace paperbacks could not be linked.

The solution to that turned out to be to go to the KDP paperback details and click “De-link this book.” After which you could go to the ex-Createspace paperback and go through the “Link existing ebook,” process.

Before I transferred over, I also turned some of my Createspace paperbacks off distribution. They were transferred over as drafts, and as they are the Alex Beecroft versions of books I will be re-issuing under the new pen names, I am keeping them as drafts. I’ll replace them with an Alex Oliver version as soon as I can manage it.

Altogether, relatively painless when it does happen, but if it hasn’t happened for you yet I don’t think there’s anything you can do to hurry it up.