I really love being an Indie-writer. I have complete control of my writing, my means of production and how I market my books. It has been the steepest learning curve of my life and one of the most fascinating.

It is not without its frustrations. This morning I have spent an hour trying to get the font on my Twitter account back to an easily readable size. I failed at this, sent a help message and then, fatally, decided that the answer might lie in changing my background image.

Foolish Martin.

The image of ‘Outcasts’ swamped the page. Outcasts.02.May21013




So I reloaded the old image of ‘The Lost King: Resistance.’ It looked peculiar, with great gaps between the tiles. Much scratching of head. Then I saw that the picture I was using had a white strip around it which had caused the gaps. No problem, I thought, I’ll find the proper cover.


Horror of horrors I could not find the old cover on my new computer, on my three backup sticks or on Dropbox. It must be languishing on my old dead computer.

I cursed myself for a while. Then I  had a brainwave. A quick visit to this blog and I was able to save the cover image on the blog onto my desktop and there transfer it to Twitter. Aren’t computers wonderful!

But then again, my lateral thinking was pretty hot for 7.00 am.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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4 Responses to Frustrations

  1. tigers68 says:

    Excellent thinking…run into the same type of scenario .. did I back up that file…and if so where???? Have ended up going to Facebook a few times to retrieve a picture that I know I backed up somewhere 🙂

  2. oscar says:

    Looking for ahead to reading extra from you in a while!? Im usually to blogging and i really respect your content.

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