Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Long Ships

A copy of ‘The Long Ships‘ by Frans G. Bengtsson has just been brought by the postman. I think it is also known as ‘Red Orm‘ in some countries. I first read it at school and haven’t been able to … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Historical fiction, history, War | Leave a comment

Indie writing prize

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize for 2012 has been announced. It excludes self-published writers.  So how about a prize for indie writers? If you like the idea please comment or contact me on martinlake14@gmail.com

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another 5 star review for The Lost King: Resistance

I’ve just read another 5 star review for The Lost King: Resistance.  It’s by MegaReader who seems to read very widely about this period.  Thanks very much, indeed. The other great thing about this review, by the way, is that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Which places inspire you?

I have written before about my favourite place in the world, where I feel inspired.  This is the lovely town of Menton.  It is nestled between Monaco and Italy, a paragon of a frontier town.  It is said to be … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Historical fiction, history | 1 Comment

Here’s hoping for a quieter night

Like most people in the country I’m hoping for a quieter night In Britain and an end to the rioting and looting. I also hope the British media will stop it’s knee-jerk reaction of immediately going on a witch-hunt.  Too … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How about an indie writing prize for the UK?

Prizes such as the Man Booker and Orange Prize generate a huge interest in their authors as do prizes such as the Pulitzer in the USA. I have found a few such indie prizes in the US but how about … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Prizes, Publishing your ebooks, Uncategorized, Writing for e-books | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Who first thought of indie publishing?

When most people think of indie publishing they think of Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo or Diesel.  But who was the person or persons who first came up with the idea? I want to thank them for making a life-time’s dream come … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Publishing your ebooks, Uncategorized, Writing for e-books | Leave a comment