Authors and supporters

Hello friends.

I am looking for self published authors who would like the chance to give a reading, talk to library users,  and help promote their works.

I cannot give dates or times yet, however, my local library was extremely supportive when I pitched the idea of helping to advertise and support self published authors.

As I am based in Ipswich, UK, I am hoping that there is at least a little interest in this activity.  We were thinking about running it alongside a wine and cheese evening.  If you are a children’s author, then please get in touch as well, as we can arrange something for children to attend.

If you are interested, then please email me detailing your name, and pen name if appropriate, genre, book title(s) buy from page, for those who use print as well as eBooks, and a small bit about yourself.

I really hope I can generate interest, help some of Dad’s followers/friends/fans, and help boost your sales too, as we are interested in actually buying your books, for our users to enjoy, and hopefully introduce into the mainstream Suffolk County Council Library systems.


It Has Arrived!

Patterns of the Mind.

This piece was one of Steve’s longest running pieces of work, that may still not be totally complete.  However, since he moved on, we have been steadily collating, typing, polishing, scanning, and fixing text and images, poems and illustrations.

If you ever wanted an insight into an author, and maybe a better understanding of a friend, then I would definitely suggest purchasing this book.  It is available as both a shortened eBook version (which is cheaper) and a decent paperback.

So, here it is, and in all its glory Patterns of the Mind.

Pen strokes

Lines of Thought

Words of Wonder

Patterns of the mind!

Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (15 Powerful Protagonists)

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog:


Powerful Protagonists

The protagonist is the chief actor, or main character, in your book. It might be a man or a woman, or even a fictional character with no gender (such as a tree). For today’s post, we’re going to refer to the protagonist as “him” for continuity’s sake.

Why is it important for your protagonist to be powerful? I don’t mean physically strong. I don’t even mean personally effective or likeable. Your protagonist may be on your readers’ hate list, but perhaps they have a grudging respect for him. I’m talking about powerful in terms of making an impact with your readers. A main character who doesn’t make an impact with your readers is going to lead you down the path to the dark side of being unpublishable.

In order to understand what makes him powerful, let’s look first at what makes him weak. A protagonist who is perpetually…

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Monday Funnies


As usual, Chris delivers what the rest of us can only laugh ourselves silly at!

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About Cooking!

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Ever feel confused?

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Wonder where those Kids are?

Spider kittens

Is THIS what is known as AGEISM?

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Remember this the next time your Fitness Freak Friend talks about their busy schedule!

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Have YOU got a friend like this?

Making that face


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Roll Call for Ideas

Well.  I am a member of my local library’s “friends of…” group.

One idea that I want to put forward is to help with the promotion of the self-published author.  Now, the part I need help with, is the how…

Offering a “meet and greet” is one way, however for foreign authors, or those that are definitely NOT local, this may be impractical.  Another method could be to have a small section dedicated to self published authors… but who decides what goes in there?  

So, what would you, the possible beneficiaries of this idea suggest?  

Are any of you within a reasonable distance of Ipswich (UK) just in case there is an opportunity?

Introducing a Newbie!

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog:

Anyone noticed a new logo on my blog?  (It’s under the article on the left and looks like this:


If you click on it (or the one above) you will be whisked away (what a great word WHISKED) to a website called Writers Blog Co-op, set up by Maurice Tudor for the following purpose:

Our aim is to help each other get more traffic to our blogs or sites.  If more new visitors view us the chances are that they will join one  or two of us and we gain new eyes and possibly buyers of our  books or services  This co-op is open to all aspects of the writing Industry  and if you would like to join us, complete our contact form with your full details.

Why not whisk over and investigate.

Oh, did I mention the much beloved ‘F’ word?


Well, brace yourselves.



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Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (13 Self-Editing Part 1)


Some more well thought out tips for self-editing here. :)

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog:


Some of the things we’ve discussed previously are good to be on the watch for and remove, but there are other, specific tasks that can be done when a manuscript’s completed to help polish it. Since there are many of these odd jobs, this specific post will continue over time.

Editing your own work involves hard labor. Other authors have mentioned they make as many as ten to fifteen passes in editing, revising, and reworking, focusing on one or two aspects of self-editing each time. Those authors are to be commended, since writing a book is only one third of the work. Editing is the second third, and publishing and marketing take up the final third. You’re never exactly finished, are you?

  1. To review earlier posts, we’ve chatted about removing unnecessary “ly” adverbs, superfluous dialogue tags, inappropriate dialogue tags, redundancies, undue “thats”, and needless directions and impossibilities. It’s hard to…

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Are we still here?

Well, that is an interesting question.

I am working hard, and have now gotten a temporary job, os things will slow down a little.

There are, as you may have figured out, several projects on the go, as well as wrestling with work and the Job Centre.

I decided that in order to attempt to motor through the current typing project, I legged it off to one of the two local Starbucks, with my laptop, and a ream of pages that need typing up.  I found that I make great progress that way, especially as there is no TV to distract me.

Well, enough distractions here…  I am still going on, hopefully, more updates and progress reports to come soon!

Monday Funnies


And here we have the truth in the only way that actually sinks in…. The ape has done it again ;)

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Alarm Clocks

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Four sad facts about growing older

After hours of sitting

Thought of the day?

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A prepared in advance Christmas wish for 2014?


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AUTHORS, instead of contacting me you could: (Part 1)


Certainly need a head for heights…. I think I’ll carry on with my current round of typing. Which one are you doing Chris?

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog:

Do any or all the following – it won’t promote you or your books, but it wouild certainly get people TALKING about your SANITY LOL :) (My thanks to Phil the Tasmanian Devil for sourcing these photos)

Go Cliff camping.

01Skywalking in the Alps

02Climbing Redwoods.

03Sitting on the Trolltunga rock in Norway.

04Try jumping on the Trolltunga rock in Norway.

05Go rock climbing in South Africa.

06Ice climbing a frozen waterfall.

07OR – you could do the SENSIBLE thing and send me an article (or more) about YOURSELF, your BOOKS, your BLOGS, your INTERESTS and LOTS of OTHER things!

Why not click HERE and see what I’d need from you and how to get it to me!

GO ON – you KNOW you WANT to :D

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