Monthly Archives: May 2012

New opportunity for writers living abroad :

Now accepting submissions :, a new foundation made up of English-speaking writers living in the Netherlands.

From their blog :

“Our intention is to create a free digital magazine where intercultural authors can publish their work. Read more in About Cecile’s Writers…

We are happy to announce that Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine is now open for submissions. We expect our first online edition to be out by the end of summer.”




May is How To Sell Self-Published Books Month here on Catherine, Caffeinated. This being the last day of May, today’s the last day! (Sniffle. Sniffle.) Fear not, after this I’ll go back to posting about… well, pretty much the same kind of thing, really. Especially since I didn’t have time to fit in my “arguments for higher e-book prices” posts. Anyways. You can catch up here

The arguments for Twitter not selling books usually go something like this:

  • People do not want to be sold things on Twitter and therefore trying to sell them things will only lose you followers
  • Mr X (Arrested Development flashback!) had 10,000 followers but when he released his book, he only sold 500 copies of it. If Twitter sold books, it would’ve been 10,000 sales.

But I think this is applying the wrong set of expectations. In arguing that 10k followers should ideally…

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New site launches to celebrate Reginald Hill

Celebrating Reginald Hill | during the Crime Writers’ Association’s Crime Writing Month 2012


“from 1 to 30 June with one post per day (sometimes two) and will include:

  • personal articles from Reg Hill’s friends and colleagues
  • articles on his novels, short stories and other work
  • interviews
  • articles on TV adaptations
  • competitions to win prizes of books and other memorabilia.  (With thanks to HarperCollins.)”

Laurence O'Bryan - No 1 Best-Selling Conspiracy Thriller Author

One of the things that has changed, in this new socially-enabled world we live in, is the accessibility of authors.

This is not just about me. Writers such as Chuck Palahniuk (The Fight Club), Paul Coelho (The Alchemist) and Margaret Atwood (The Handmaids Tale) are all Tweeting. These are among the most popular authors in the world. There are lots more at it too. Here is a list of 100 mainly US authors for starters

What I’m interested in is, what this means for authors.

There has been a tendency for authors to be unavailable in the past.

When I grew up the idea of contacting an author was something you might do, but only on the rarest of occasions. You expected to be rebuffed. Many authors didn’t even give interviews, never mind tell you the quotes they like from a master in their genre.

Part of this was…

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Book Review : The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar, a novella by Steven Katriel.

“I have been presented the opportunity to read Steven Katriel’s novella, The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar as an ARC by Immortal Ink Publishing.  I knew it would be a great opportunity to do an interview with the author, but I never expected to fall so completely in love with the book and Steven Katriel’s writing style . . . “

Review continued here . . .

Alatiel Salazar to launch in June . . .

New publishing news : The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar, by Steve Katriel, is launching this year :

“She will take her pleasure in your destruction…and it will be everything you always desired. ”

Alatiel, Mistress of Death, an illusion made flesh. The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar. Available June 2012:

Book Trailer :