Thursday, 2 September 2010

New book competition.

I'd like to thank Alison Wells for taking part in the Without Alice competition and winning a copy of D J Kirkby's book.

We have now started a new competition and this month sees an opportunity to get your hands on The Green King by Stephanie Parker. To enter the competition click here and answer the question. Good luck!

Get in touch if you'd like your book to be in an upcoming competition or if you would like to contribute to the 50 words or less part of the website.

Friday, 27 August 2010

50 words exactly!

This week we have two authors who have put on their thinking caps to describe their books for the 50 word or less section of the website. I think I may have to drop the 'or less' part of the title as the descriptions are coming in right on the money. Our contributors this week are Stephanie Parker author of The Green King and Cally Taylor author of Heaven Can Wait.

I'd like to thank both ladies for taking the time to email me their 50 word descriptions. Why not click here and have a read for yourself ? Or if you'd like your novel in 50 words or less email me here.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

To make a book a bestseller it needs to sell 350,000 copies.

The population of Cardiff is approximately 324,800.

To make a book a bestseller it needs to sell 350,000 copies.

Now you could take your book to Cardiff and try and convince the whole population to buy your book but even then you won't have sold enough copies to add it on to the best seller list. Or you could describe your book in 50 words or less and I'll promote it on the website. I'll also link back to your website and to a full description of your book. I'm not promising to make you a bestseller. I'm not even promising to sell a book. But hey! Any publicity is good publicity, right? And it's not as if it's going to cost you anything, well that is apart from 50 words or less.

Have a look here and take a look at our latest addition by Megan Taylor author of The Dawning

Monday, 9 August 2010

50 words or less

It's difficult starting a new venture from scratch. Well I think it is because where do you actually start? If you start with nothing will anyone be interested because, well because, there is nothing to be interested in. So if nothing isn't enough how far up the scale do you have to go before you wave your hand in the air and say "Hello, here I am!"? I decided, after asking a few people in the know, to use the well known scientific method of licking my finger and holding it in the air. I'm not sure how this was actually supposed to help and it did nothing apart from stopping two taxi's and the 21C bus. So instead of poking it around in the air stopping traffic I poked the enter button on the PC and published the website on the internet.

So here we are! Luckily the idea was to publish and start slowly.

The idea of the website is to give authors a platform where they can promote themselves and their books. Where readers can come and get an insight into the authors and maybe a bit of interaction. And where hopefully I can sell a few books!

The starting point is 50 words or less where authors give a teaser of their book in 50 words or less which hopefully will encourage the reader to click on the link to find out more and buy the book. DJ KirkbyCaroline Smailes and Nicola Morgan have been kind enough to describe one of their books in 50 words or less and ladies I thank you very much for that. If you haven't had a read of their contributions please pop over and take a look, it's well worth a visit. Interest is starting to pick up a little now and I have another very popular author waiting in the wings with their 50 words worth ready to be unleashed later in the week. But there is always room for more! If you want to promote your book in 50... (you get the picture by now) drop me a line and I'll get it set up and if you don't please tell your friends because they might.

Friday, 6 August 2010


Welcome to the all new Taking a gander blog. After problems with our old one this is our new home.