My (new) fat year

Readers of Tales from Baggins Bottom will remember an old regular feature, My Fat Year. They may also remember how I yo-yo'd so much between losing and gaining weight despite trying several commercial diets that many suggested having some blood tests. I've had those blood tests, numerous tests in fact, in a bid to find... Continue Reading →

It’s all so complicated!

The news that Amazon's CreateSpace is being swallowed up by Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing spurred me into action yesterday, a little. The first thing I did was contact KDP with a few questions. While I awaited their reply, I set about researching an alternative. CreateSpace was always the paperback arm of Amazon's self-publishing platform. KDP... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

Last week I had a proper ol' blitzing of the work in progress. Here's how I did: stitch everything together for the Cadbury book On Monday I added 2,728 words to the Cadbury book. On Tuesday I added 3,089 words. On Wednesday I added 1,617 words. On Thursday I added 1,900 words. And on Friday... Continue Reading →

Having a splurge

I seem to be having a mid-week writing splurge - and long may it last. I've been very busy editing a heavy book, but I finished it and sent the queries back to the author. It did take longer than I thought it would, though. I'd hoped it would take around a week and it... Continue Reading →

Two more books available

I've not been idle this past week, in fact I've been very busy republishing and re-branding two old ones. Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits books 1 & 2 were previously published "by Diane Parkin". Now they're both available "by Diane Wordsworth" in paperback (£5.99) and on Kindle (£2.99). If you go to my "buy... Continue Reading →

Out now! Diary of a Scaredy Cat

Some of you have been waiting for this ... and today's the day you can finally get hold of Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer. The writer's guide, with exercises, is available in paperback, for £5.99, and on Kindle, for £2.99. Overseas markets will follow in a... Continue Reading →

New beginnings (*** list alert ***)

The news that yet another short story magazine has closed its doors to all but a privileged few has knocked me sideways somewhat this past week. It's not a market I've had a lot of success with, but it's a good market to target anyway and at least the result is a completed short story... Continue Reading →

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