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11/01/2014: It's Like...

My kids and I have a game we play in the car sometimes. I play them a piece of music and then we all take it in turns to say what it sounds like. It passes the time, they have fun and I get to secretly brainwash them with my musical taste which, as everyone knows, is one of the many joys of being ...

07/01/2014: The Colour You

My wife had to do one of those psychological tests at work.  They're suppose to tell you what kind of person you are and how people should behave around you.   This one revealed her 'colours'.  The questions she answered were fed into a computer and the results told her what combination of the fol...

24/12/2013: In a Dark and Troubled Place

A few weeks back, a friend sent me an email with a video about how the John Lewis 'Hare and Bear' Christmas advert was made. He said I might like it because it was amazing how they animated the animals, but then again I might not because I was probably the kind of person who don't like Christmas a...

28/01/2013: Chilly

It's been a little over a year since I self-published From The Storm on Amazon.  Since then, roughly 15,000 people have either bought my book about a one-legged hitman and a French farmhouse buried in snow,  downloaded it during a free promotion or found a copy sitting by a statue. It's reached...

03/09/2012: Put the Nano in WriMo

Today, an old friend told me that she was going to take part in National Novel Writing Month. This November, she plans to write a story that's been knocking about in her head for a few years, putting down 50,000 words in thirty days. 1700 words a day is a good target to aim for if you're writing ...

11/08/2012: Edinburgh Festival Secret Books!

Fly my pretties! Whilst the Olympics draw to a close in London, the Edinburgh Festival is just getting going north of the border.  This year, I shall be hiding copies of my novel From The Storm around the city, with a handwritten message inside each. If you find one, it's yours to read, keep or...

24/04/2012: Interview with Susannah Radford

Journalist Susannah Radford was kind enough to interview me for her blog, Z.N.A, this week.  Here is the result: http://susannahradford.wordpress.com23/interview-with-adrian-j-walker-author-of-from-the-storm/ Thanks Susannah!...

18/04/2012: The Long Run: How FROM THE STORM went from 0 - 14,000 in 3 days.

Shoe My efforts at maintaining this blog have so far been abysmal. No more! This is a long overdue post that was originally going to be about Amazon's KDP Select scheme and how its free promotion worked out for From The Storm. It's still going to be about that, but a little more besides. So, ...

02/03/2012: Reviews that Stick

Juno the Monkey One of the things that worried me about writing a blog was that it would not be useful.  I didn't want to write drivel, I wanted to write articles that answer questions and hopefully help authors who are publishing independently like me. I've written a handful of posts which I h...

26/01/2012: The Social Network

FACT. You have written a book.  You like it, you’re proud of it and you think people should buy it from you. What to do? Two options. Option #1: Google every literary agent in the country and spend your days crafting slightly different letters to each of them.  Send them off in clean brown en...

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