World Book Day – Like the Other 364 Days

Today is World Book Day, a day when we should celebrate books and many children will dress up as characters from favourite books. For me, World Book Day, is not that different to many other days of the year. My life is full of books. I have written before about the significant impact of movies/films…

End the Movie-isation of World Book Day

Today is World Book Day. For last year’s World Book Day, I wrote about how we should focus on supporting independent authors rather than constantly turning to the well known authors. My post this year makes a similar appeal and builds on the problems with World Book Day that tend to stem from primary schools…

Working Titles

Although when I start writing I have an overall idea for a book, I don’t always know exactly how the book will come together. This is true of both my academic books and novels. While with academic books there will be a more formal book proposal that will include a planned contents list and structure,…

Editing a Self-Published Book

I recently completed the first draft of my third novel, FOUR, which will be the second book in the Iwakura Series. While I like to take about a week over each chapter when I am initially writing it (as I have discussed in another post about my writing technique), when it comes to editing, I…

Ebook “Tokyo 20/20 Vision” Free Today

When I started writing Tokyo 20/20 Vision, the concept of having it based around the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the title were fixed. I wanted to get the book out before the Olympics themselves. Even in January this year, as the book was published, it was hard to imagine the way the new coronavirus COVID-19…

World Book Day – Support Independent Authors

Today is World Book Day. Rather appropriately I will be spending at least some of the day working on my next novel. Although I have had academic books published by companies (and I would also encourage people to buy and read more academic books on World Book Day), my novels (Hijacking Japan and Tokyo 20/20…