Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Createspace and the new shift to KDP

Moving to a new formatting for my books is a bit of a bother.

I publish via Createspace (CS) and I'll say I am very happy with the CS experience. Roaming around the site it all seems so easy.
But all good things come to an end and Amazon, the company that has CS under its umbrella is closing it down and moving all our books to KDP print.
Now this is just a sort of upgrade, on their part and they assure us that in time, ( KDP print is still in the beta stage) it will be a short three click step.
So I will wait with baited breath. 
But hang on. what about Ingramspark (IS) you say?
So I thought about going over to the other side...

To move my 12 titles to IS I will need to buy 12 ISBNs for the print versions and 12 for the (e) versions. IS have $85 for 1. 
Thorpe-Bowker  https://www.myidentifiers.com.au have bulk orders. I need 24 minimum and more in the future. So 100 ISBN cost $480. Then you need a bar code for the print copies. 10 = $400 + 2 from IS @$85 ea.
Then to upload to IS cost $49 per title $49x12 = 588
588=$$$$$  1638
If I moved to IS then I would need to change all the title pages and insert the new ISBN and then when I take up the IS expanded distribution (which includes Amazon) the book would register as a new title, ergo I lose all my star ratings etc. I have read that you can contact Amazon and get them merged. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Createspace give me an ISBN and  an AIN for the e version on Kindle. 
Admittedly IS have in the expanded distribution Ibooks and Barnes & Knoble which going exclusive with Amazon you don't get, but in my experience nearly every (E) reader fan has the kindle app on their devise.

So what to do. 
I think I will wait...and just see how KDP print performs. They are getting their act together as we speak and making it feel like the old CS experience.

As a side note:
I reside in France and you can get an ISBN or 30 for free from the relevant department. So I might be going foreign in the future.

Friday, 13 July 2018



FAT BITS will be free.
15th July to 19th July.
starting USA Pacific time. 

get it here for amazon .au
get it here for amazon.com (USA)

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Boat to Baguette FREE

FREE yes all FREE 

 freefrom Thursday 14th September pacific time USA (from midnight)

Brisbane QLD is 17 hours ahead of Pacific Time

so that is 5pm until Saturday 16th September   to download
Follow these live links.
USA amazon
AU amazon

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. Napoleon Bonaparte These prophetic words are the beginning of an adventure. When two intrepid Aussies decide to buy a house in France after living on a boat for 11 years, they get more than baguettes and stinky cheese. Wonderful neighbours, horrible drains, fabulous wine, French taxes. Boat to Baguette is a humorous rollercoaster ride as Hettie and Boomie make France their new home.

Thursday, 31 August 2017



FAT BITS will be FREE  on kindle
4th September to 6th September 2017
(USA time)
this book went to number #1 three times on kindle.au
it's FUNNY. LOL. a hoot!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Murder! Mayhem! and lesser cuts of meat ..taster

The boys tramped across the field, over the Alsop stile and then down the muddy lane to the manor and stood to admire the turret.
“Do ya think she’s a witch Harry?”
“Nah. If she was a witch she’d have a black cat.”

I wouldn’t be an author if I didn’t put a black cat strolling past the boys at this point.

“Jeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzus.” Stan Jr stuck a little closer to his big brother.
“Co-incidence.” Harry said trying to convince himself.
The lads trotted up to the front door and tried to peer in through the dirty window.
“No-one’s home. Lets go.” Stan Jr said and tugged on his brother’s arm.
“Let’s knock.”
Harry lifted the ornate knocker when there was a bellow from inside the house and the boys turned to run bumping into each other and dropping their parcels.
“Eh.” Ol’ Pol opened the door to two wide eyed lads. “What do you want?”

Harry peeled his little brother off his back and picked up the meat packets.
"We are doing good deeds." Harry said as Stan Jr tried not to swallow his tongue.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chapter furniture. Building a book.

I like to make my books look good on the inside as well as the outside. All my books have that little something that sets them apart. I always start with a quote pertaining to the story. I have chapter furniture, as I like to call the embellishments.

There is something special about flicking through a book and coming across a line drawing, a cartoon, a photo or different script. For me it shows there has been a level of care, thought and consideration not just for the words, but for the visual delectation of the reader.