The Sleepless Nanny is FREE

The new cover by Sara Nicholson
The new cover by Sara Nicholson

My first novel, The Sleepless Nanny is free to download this week on I wrote this book a long time ago and shelved it for almost as long. Then, with the arrival of the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, I unleashed it on the world in 2011. I wrote about that long lull here. Since then I’ve written and published seven more books with another due to hit in a couple of months. This book changed my life. Your mileage may vary.

BTW that new cover design is by the super talented Sara Nicholson who also did the cover for my book Summer Wind.

Snap up this free novel by January 30, 2015. Happy reading!


B.Y.O.P – Be Your Own Publisher

I’ve been blogging about my trials and errors in this writing thing for a couple years now. From a post about discovering Kindle Direct Publishing and unearthing a long-lost novel, to crowdfunding a research trip, I’ve shared the journey with my blog readers.

BYOP Cover

If you’ve found my writing tips interesting or helpful, I’m collecting them into a short non-fiction book on writing, publishing and marketing your own book. If you’re a follower of this blog, some of it will be familiar but a lot of it is new content.

Why am I doing this? Because two years ago I hadn’t written any fiction in nearly two decades and hadn’t published a damn thing. Since then I’ve published four novels and a short story and have had a crash course in indie publishing and marketing. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned some tricks, and I’d like to help writers get past the doubts and inertia and get their book out into the world.

Look for B.Y.O.P this summer!

Fear of Finishing

I am about 1200 words from completing Chapter Nine. Which will leave only two chapters left to write. All week I’ve been writing really slowly, getting distracted, having to stop and do a bunch of research, needing desperately to tend to my SimCity on Facebook… you get the picture.

Here is a short list of the things I Googled, Urban Dictionaried and Wikipedia’d this week:

  • hyenas and wildebeests (do NOT watch the videos)
  • the location of Taco Bells in Beverly Hills
  • Rohypnol dosage and how long it stays in the system
  • are the noises that servers make high or low frequency
  • what is SkyBar’s smoking policy
  • how many stories is the Mondrian Hotel
  • how populous is Angyang, South Korea
  • does the popular understanding of a ‘grudge fuck’ match my interpretation

It’s a very dark chapter, and I’ve been telling myself that I can’t wait to be done with it, so that I can move on. And yet, I’m writing this instead of cranking out those 1200 words and putting chapter nine to rest.

I think my problem is that I am reluctant to finish the first draft. Oh I want to be done and throw a damn party, but finishing the first draft of the book means the fun creative free-for-all is almost over. The next draft is where shit gets real. Facts will need to be checked. Inconsistencies ferreted out and expunged. (For example my homicide detective is wearing a suit jacket on page 4 and a leather jacket on page 9.)

I don’t want the fun to be over. Finishing the first draft means I need to do some hard core editing and let people read it and give me some brutally honest feedback. Finishing the second draft will mean that I will need to make a final decision about whether I am going to shop this around to a traditional publisher (and basically lose control of it) or publish it myself via Kindle Direct Publishing.


Slowing the pace of writing and dreading the end reminds me of good old furry lovable Grover and the monster at the end of his book. We delight in defying Grover and just keep turning pages. And at the end [spoiler alert] the only Grover had to fear was fear.

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