16th April 2018:  More writing at the moment working more on my follow-up novel to 'I've got your number'.  I'm excited about how it has started off so hope this feeling will stay with me for the rest of the story.  The Great Yarmouth Author Fair has also begun to show a little more interest.  I think I'm up to 10 authors now.  Not a lot but it'll do.

8th April 2018:  Not much of interest going on as far as my writing is concerned.  Like a lot of writers, knuckling down and writing is what I'm trying to do now whilst also working 3 jobs and living a normal life.  What is a normal life anyway?  Have got my 6th author for the Great Yarmouth Author Fair but have to say the response is just poor.  I don't do much on Facebook or Twitter which may be a contributory factor but I'm not going down that road.  Again it is strange how many people rely on getting all their news and information through just a couple of platforms.  If it isn't on Facebook then it obviously isn't happening!!!  I don't think so. 

4th April 2018:  Doing a bit more writing today and working on various books that I have on the go.

1st April 2018:  ​Haven't had a very good response to the 2nd Great Yarmouth Author Fair which I'd hoped we could build on from last year.  I think we had about 13 or 14 authors last year but so far for 2018 I only have 5.  I haven't got the time to keep chasing people for this so this will be the last time I organise this event.

20th March 2018:  Have at last got back to some writing.  As always have a number of novels or stories on the go at varying stages of completion.  I'm waiting for some editing to come back as well on a completed novelette so a lot to keep on top of.

15th March 2018:  This month I've been trying to do a bit more promotion of myself and my books.  I really only have flyers for The Somerby Tree at the moment but have been giving these out to hopefully interested parties.  Most of the time people are pleasant but you do still get the odd one who does not understand what I'm doing.  It will be someone reading a book who I approach and ask if they will take a flyer advertising a new book that may or may not be to their liking.  They refuse to touch the flyer (almost like I'm trying to infect them) saying No thanks I'll decide what books I want to read.  When I ask them how will they decide if they like my book or not they tell me that they will look at books at the bookstore and when I tell them that my book will not be there they just see that as my problem!!!  It is very frustrating!!!  The big publishers still have everything sewn up in their favour.  So enough moaning, upwards and onwards to the next possible customer.

27th February 2018:  ​Okay, so I've been in hibernation!!!  The move to my new house brought along a number of problems and writing has had to take a back seat.  But with luck I'll find a bit more time in the coming weeks to get going again.

29th December 2017:  So Christmas is over and 2018 is fast approaching and the distraction of over-eating, drinking and parties is slowing down a bit it's back to the hard work of knuckling down and writing again.  Got a little bit out of sync as I've also moved home so hopefully by very early January I will be back into the swing of things.

13th December 2017:  ​Doing a good bit of research work at the moment on my current books that I'm working on.  It all takes time to try and get as much perfectly accurate as possible.  I suppose as the New Year comes in I will also be spending more time on the 2nd Great Yarmouth Author Fair.

4th December 2017:  Good to meet up with fellow local authors on Saturday but footfall was low and I for one got no sales which was a bit disappointing.  Helen has worked hard getting this event going but Beccles didn't greet it with open arms unfortunately.

2nd December 2017:  Off to Beccles today for the Anglian Authors Unite Book Fair at Hungate Hall where I am hoping to meet up with many fellow writers ready for Christmas.  Not sure how much Beccles will greet us but hopefully a few members of the public will come in and have a look.  Have now moved out of my house and currently in a temporary arrangement staying with relatives.  All upside down at times but getting there.

20th November 2017:  Been a busy weekend sorting out things ready for our move, or at least the first part of it and I'm back in front of the computer again writing a little bit.  It can be very relaxing.

18th November 2017:  Haven't been able to write anything today as I'm hoping to move house in a couple of weeks so been spending the hours packing, sorting out junk and visiting the Town tip to get rid of what we don't need anymore.  Finding it hard to keep up the energy but think we are getting there.

15th November 2017:  Getting a few sales now of The Somerby Tree but there will now be a distinct lack of opportunities to sell anymore books for a while.  I'm attending the Fair in Beccles on 2nd December but apart from that there is a great lack of events that I can go to.  Still working on a number of forthcoming books - 'A summer of passion', 'The lost villages of The Forest', 'The ghost of Beccles Road' and 'A new Force' whilst I also have a book being edited currently so there's still a lot going on.

11th November 2017:  A reasonably successful book launch today at Lowestoft Library with a number of people coming to buy or at least enquire about The Somerby Tree.  The local newspaper didn't put any article in to help me advertise it so I should be particularly pleased with how many turned up.  Thanks to Jo and the other Library staff for the work put in to help me hold this launch.  Still hoping to get some more exposure though.

8th November 2017:  Met a very nice group of Ladies this afternoon at the Quill Creative Writing Group at the Newtown Methodist Hall in Great Yarmouth.  Some great questions and some helpful feedback on my books.  Thank you to Sue for organising it.  

7th November 2017:  Doing a talk at the Quill Creative Writing Group tomorrow in Great Yarmouth where I hope to meet a number of fellow creative writers.  The Somerby Tree is then being officially launched on Saturday.  I'm trying to move and keep working so it's all getting very busy.

21st October 2017:  Still working hard advertising my latest book.  It is very difficult to get the word out unless you have a big publisher behind you but I'm sure all my fellow authors are doing exactly the same.​

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