Filing off the serial numbers – your fanfiction to publication

I’ve written another in my occasional series on “fanfiction to publication” over at the SubRosa Writer blog.

In Filing off the Serial Numbers I consider the three main considerations involved in converting your fanfiction to original fiction for publication – and how I don’t think you can or should get away with just changing the names!! Not “if you care about offering quality, well-crafted, rewarding, value-for-money fiction to readers – hopefully for many years to come”.

Please feel free to comment and share your feelings – I’m enjoying writing this series a lot!

MY PREVIOUS POSTS:
Publishing – the Pros and Cons
The writer’s playground – what has fanfiction ever done for you?

 

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Big Gay Fiction Giveaway – open til May 29

What can I say? Over 80 FREE BOOKS to download at this season’s Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, including my own FLASHBULB. There are novels, novellas, short stories and excerpts – all in your favourite genre – and the giveaway lasts for a whole week, May 22-29.

Off you go shopping!

Most of them will ask you to sign up for the author’s newsletter, but I don’t see that as a hardship – I love reading about new releases in the comfort and leisure of my own inbox, and I’ve discovered many new favourites through these campaigns.

 

Note to people already on my mailing list – you can still download the book, and you won’t be harrassed with double-mailings from my every time I send a newsletter LOL. Just request the book as usual at Instafreebie with your email address and choice of format, and if you’re already on my mailing list, MailChimp will cleverly realise that, and NOT add you again.

The wonders of technology, eh?!

Dreamspinner Press 10 years – follow the offers!

From Dreamspinner Press: “May 28, 2017 is the 10 Year Anniversary of our very first publication. A full-year Dreamspinner Press Extravaganza will kick off with Tweetaways, 10 for $10 sales based on the first year an author published, and a whole-store anniversary sale May 28-31.”

Follow Dreamspinner Press on Twitter or join our Facebook Group for freebie announcements during our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Thank you for being a part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Romancing the Ugly Duckling – Cover reveal, prize gift, and pre-order!

A mouthful of a header, right?! But I’m excited to announce my next Dreamspun Desire title ROMANCING THE UGLY DUCKLING will be released on June 15 at Dreamspinner Press. You can pre-order it now HERE. That’s if you’re not already a subscriber to the whole delightful Dreamspun line.

And P.S.? It’s on its way in audio, too :D.

There’s also a special cover reveal post over at TwoChicksObsessed, where I talk about the themes of the book, and also offer a £10 Amazon token to one lucky commenter. The offer will finish at the weekend, so dash on over there in the next couple of days, if you have time.

Exciting times!!

 

“What has fanfiction ever done for you?”

I’ve written another in my occasional series on “fanfiction to publication” over at the SubRosa Writer blog.

In The Writer’s Playground I ask – what has fanfiction ever done for you?? and then proceed to list the things in details and with enthusiasm LOL.

Please feel free to comment and share your feelings – I’m enjoying writing this series a lot!

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New Release – A Good Neighbour

It’s not that I FORGOT I had a new release this month… but, yes, I almost did :).

A GOOD NEIGHBOUR is out at Dreamspinner Press, part of my London Lads series of short novellas, and their Perchance to Dream line, where they showcase books set in the UK.

A secret affair can’t go on forever.

Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous Great-Aunts.

When the Aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soulmate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.

But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure–and now he wants to take Dylan with him.

Horrified that his chance at love will move even farther out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the Great-Aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?

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Autism Awareness

I’m pleased to be taking part in a blog tour for Autism Awareness, the master post is HERE at RJ Scott’s blog. Find all the links to many other fun, informative, intriguing, caring and thoughtful posts on the topic. Please read, enjoy, and learn.

Sesame Street's Julia to make Sesame Place debut

I’ve been reading this week about the Sesame Street initiative to bring in a character with autism, Julia – “See amazing in all children”.

“We felt that creating a character who was autistic would allow children to identify her but equally important, it would allow us to model for all children the differences and commonalities of a child with autism. It was an opportunity to help explain autism and to help increase awareness and understanding.”

Sesame Workshop said it consulted with more than 250 organisations and experts over a five-year period, ahead of unveiling the character. The puppet is handled by a mother of a child with autism, and Sesame Workshop also backs up the character launch with a website with plenty of resources on the subject for children and adults.

Both my Sons had friends in their school class who had autism of some degree. I suspect many people would admit they can identify someone with it, even if they never knew before what to call the condition. I’ve always believed the route to integration of any individual or group into society is one of respect, understanding and familiarity. Without going too deeply into the Sesame Street plans, I applaud wholeheartedly the intention to include all kinds of people in a much-loved, high-profile children’s series.

Because all people should be included in life, right?

Many need help to grasp all life’s opportunities, to communicate with a complex and confusing world, and to express themselves without harsh and unfair judgement – because their Amazing is not the same as another person’s Amazing. And for them and their loved ones, that deserves as much respect and acceptance as any other path.

So many of us spend a lot of life trying to fit in, to toe the line, to be the norm. When really, shouldn’t we be celebrating the wonder of uniqueness?!

Feel free to join me as I take that as my aim in daily life – See amazing in all! 😀