Author Archives: Carla

Things Professional Editors Won’t Tell You

You’ve finished your book and you’re ready to self-publish it. Are you sure that the layout is up to a reasonably professional standard? I mean really sure? Did you know that you NEVER indent the first paragraph of a chapter? “Professionally printed material typically does not indent the first paragraph, but indents those that follow.” Well, that one tiny detail, (plus quite a few others)… Read more »

The Decision to Self-Publish Your Book

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When I was deciding whether or not to self-publish my book, I searched high and low for a definitive answer to my question. I kept asking people if it was the right thing to do. The replies I generally received were, ‘We can’t answer that because we really don’t know. It’s your book. It’s totally up to you.’ The only people… Read more »

7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.

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Are you considering writing a book set in the past? Maybe you’re already writing one and looking for a few tips. Choosing to write a book within a historical period of time can feel daunting and is definitely not an easy task. There will be a lot of research to get through, and knowing how to correctly balance accuracy with… Read more »

The Novel Path To Success – How I became a best-selling author on KDP.

The Novel Path to Success How I became a bestselling author on KDP. Having recently completed the popular 2017 NaNoWriMo competition, I was subsequently handed a few serious questions by Sarah, a writer from Seattle, (and a fellow Nanowrimo writing buddy.) Sarah wanted to know all about my publishing success on KDP, as well as how it all began. I… Read more »

Nanowrimo 2017 – 30 Days to Success

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I’m committed to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. This is Nanowrimo. The National Novel Writing Month of December where each year thousands of writers participate on the Nano website in the hope of winning. What are the prizes, you ask? Well depends on what you’re looking for.

Happiness, Tears and New Ideas

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Well, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this past week. I returned to Gibraltar to visit family and friends only to find myself giggling one moment and crying the next, and so I’ve learned that it’s completely and humanly possible to be happy and sad at the exact same time. Suffice to say, I have returned to Edinburgh with a real… Read more »

‘Success for Quitters’ by Jodie Crook

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I’m very proud of my fellow writer and friend, Jodie Crook, who has recently made available her short story GIRL RED. The  story was entered into a writing competition which I organised in Gibraltar a few years ago. Girl Red was chosen as the clear winner by Ruth Dugdall, an award-winning author of psychological thriller novels, and one of the judges of… Read more »

Girl Forgotten – New Giveaway for UK and USA Readers

A new paperback giveaway for my latest novel Girl Forgotten will run for the month of July.  Simply click on the link below to add your name and mailing address at Goodreads for a chance to win! Well done to Eugene from Minsk who won the last giveaway which had around 2,000 entries. Thanks to everyone for their continued support… Read more »

Exciting News and ‘Hello Waterstones’

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I have so much to say to my friends and readers, but I’ve been so busy of late, please forgive me. It’s been a crazy month, but in a good way. Emotions have been high and low, and like anyone else I am affected by praise or otherwise. Let it not be said that life is dull. I want to… Read more »