has by and large been happy for Chrissie since marrying the love of her life,
Dan Breen, and having two daughters. She hopes that her unhappy past is well
and truly buried.
is shocked when she receives a letter from a woman called Joan claiming to be
her sister. After meeting Joan, Chrissie’s life spirals out of control. The
claustrophobia and panic attacks that once blighted her life return with a
Chrissie’s family desert her? Will she lose her company?
Other Time is a story of supernatural
happenings, time travel and fractured relationships.
When I first decided to self publish my books I tried a local printing
company and quickly discovered that to publish a paperback (of true ghost
stories) would be far too expensive. This was back in the late 1980s. I could
not afford it, so I settled on publishing a booklet of ghost stories. I found
the cheapest way of publishing the booklet was to order a thousand @ at a £1.00
each. Naturally I was worried about selling them. Fortunately for me the local
press and shops were extremely helpful and at that time there was a niche in
the market. I sold out within a month or so.
After that I did not want to risk another print run or publish a new
booklet. I decided to run future booklets off on the photocopier we had. This
worked fine and local shops and the library ordered directly from me. Sales
And then along came Kindle, this allowed authors to publish their own
work. At first I was reluctant to put my work on it. I had written my book
Dancing with Spirits and Birmingham Girls through Lulu.com and felt wary of
Kindle. In the end I took the plunge and have never looked back.
I was concerned about preparing my manuscript to download to their site
but in the end I found it easy. Amazon do provide instruction but I think eventually like
anything you find your own way through it.
Since those early days I have published at least ten more books, both
fiction and nonfiction and my latest book is with the editor at the moment. It
is the sequel to The Other Place, the title is, The Other Time.
This will of course go on Kindle along with my other books the link to
my page is click below.
It is advisable to have your work read by at least three
independent readers. If they seem critical of what you’ve written remember they
are simply trying to be helpful.
To publish your manuscript to Kindle your first step is to sign up
for an account with Amazon. This is easy and nothing to worry about. They will
take you through every stage. Have a practice run. You can keep checking your manuscript
on their platform. There’s no rush at all.
One of the most important things I always do is justify my
work. There is nothing worse than seeing a book on Kindle (or in paperback)
that hasn’t been justified. It looks unprofessional to a reader’s eye. It only
takes a minute to justify and check through your work after you have finished
My way of publishing
to Amazon Kindle
To format my books for Kindle first I open an A4 page in my
Word programme. I put in the title and my name on the first page. On the second
page I put in the copyright. This is very important. On the On the third page
the dedication. On the fourth page I put the blurb, followed by a page break.
I then copy and paste my novel into the following page.
Now the hard work begins. You have to ensure that each page reads
correctly and is justified. This can take a long time but believe me it is so
important. There is nothing worse than getting a bad review because you have
made a mistake when uploading your work. Keep checking it on the Amazon Kindle
platform. Leave it a day or so and go back to it. Reading and rereading your
work will pay you huge dividends. If someone thinks that your first book is
formatted badly they will be reluctant to buy any future books.