Friday, October 29, 2010


I have sent off another copy of The Election to be reviewed so that's two out there at present. Let's hope that, like the others, they are positive.

Tomorrow I will be manning the Chamber of Commerce stall at the Mudgeeraba Fun Day and will be selling copies there. I've had one order already so I'm looking forward to an interesting and exciting day.

I'm getting down to towards the end of the first print run now so it won't be too long before I'll be ordering the next batch.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Today I'm sending off a copy of The Election to be reviewed by The US Review of Books. Fingers crossed I'll get another decent review. If I don't, it will be the first negative one the book has received.

I guess all will be revealed in about a month's time.

Monday, October 25, 2010


As there were a couple of printing inaccuracies in Michael Jacobson's review of The Election in last Saturday's Gold Coast Bulletin he has kindly offered to print a correction on Saturday 06 November which is great news.

I've come across a relatively new website and organisation called Australian Writers Rock and it's pleasing to see a website of this nature just devoted to Australian writers. Most of the online marketing I've done so far has been with US sites.

I visited the local authors' display at Borders again today. Apparently sales are going pretty well all things considered. It looks like being a permanent feature of the store which is great news for local writers.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Michael Jacobson, writing in the Gold Coast Bulletin published his review of The Election yesterday and I'm pleased to note that his comments were positive. There was a slight problem in his misspelling my surname and the recommended retail price was incorrect but at least it was publicity of sorts and it's always nice to see nice things being said about my book.

I also hear that the local authors display at Borders, Robina is going well with a lot of interest and some sales so that is positive news. Let's hope some more copies of The Election are sold that way.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Last Saturday was my first stint as a committee member of the Gold Coast Writers' Association and it was a lively meeting. The general meeting which followed was also interesting with great talks, ideas, comments and feed-back. Of great interest to many is the current 'local authors' display at Borders, Robina. I popped in yesterday to see it for myself. While my book The Election has, with quite a few others, been relegated to a shelf at floor level, at least the display is a showcase for the wide variety of local writing talent we have here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I'm currently reading Jerusalem:City of Longing by Simon Goldhill. Although I am nowhere near finished, so far it is a fascinating, even-handed insight into the city I'm so looking forward to visiting next year. So much is written about Jerusalem but because of the various faiths pulling the reader in different directions it is difficult for the novice researcher to separate fact from fiction. Goldhill does it brilliantly and sometimes humorously.

So many times one reads a book and cannot wait to get to the end - the denouement as the French would say - but this time I dread reaching the end because it may take a lifetime to find an equally fascinating replacement.