I’ve long lost count of the number of books I have in my personal library. I think it’s about 2000, but I’m not sure. That’s because large chunks of the collection are sitting in tubs in the shed, waiting for shelf space. And the rest of it is rammed, in virtually any order, into available… More My bookshelves are a mess and I can’t be bothered fixing them…
I’m not sure yet what to think of the Amazon plan to pay authors enrolled in their Kindle Unlimited programme on a page-basis. This system doesn’t replace the sale model –it runs alongside it and makes books available for Kindle readers, free. Amazon pays authors instead from an undefined ‘pool’. This latest amendment simply changes the… More OK so what does ‘Kindle Unlimited’ author payment by the page really mean?
Last week The Little Bookshop in Napier, New Zealand, devoted an entire window display to my books – 14 titles, out of the 52 I’ve written and published over the past 30 years or so. The display included books of mine that are long out of print and unavailable anywhere else. It doesn’t happen for authors… More How much is that book in the window?
This week’s news that a previously unsuspected magnitude 8+ mega-quake could hit central New Zealand and then douse the place with tsunami isn’t too surprising to me. I wrote the most recent pop-sci book on our earthquakes. It was published by Penguin Random House last year. While I was writing the book I had a chat… More And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…
This week Auckland writer Bev Robitai tagged me to join in the ‘Lovely Blog Hop’ – a round-robin of general all-round fun in which authors outline seven things that got them writing. My story starts in 1970, when I was 8. Lots and lots and lots and lots of books. As a kid, I was surrounded… More Oh, what a lovely blog hop!
The other day I tried to buy a little smackerel of something from a fast food joint. When I went to close the deal the fellow behind the counter suddenly said “Wuddawuddabopbopbop.” Hilarity ensued. Me: I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Goon: WUDDAWUDDABOPBOPBOP. Me: Sorry, still don’t get it. Can you repeat it slowly, not louder? Goon:… More Can we sell books with suggestive gibberish?
My book Western Front – The New Zealand Division 1916-18 is being re-released this week – precisely a decade on from its original print publication – by Intruder Books. With an all-new cover. This was an important book for me, the first of three I wrote exploring the psychology of warfare through the lens of the… More Announcing ‘Western Front – The New Zealand Division 1916-18’