What It’s All About!

SKSmyButtonWelcome to Imagineer-ing!

So what is this blog about?  Well, the simple answer is: books.  As a self-published Indie author, I strongly believe that it is vital that authors support each other to the best of their ability. I also believe that it behooves us to respect our readers by providing them with honest book reviews, details of current, new and forthcoming books, and other information of interest, such as interviews and special features. For authors, the same things will be of interest. However, there will also be special articles, free publicity, and much more!

There will be some posts and other features about my own ebooks and paperbacks, of course, but there will be lots of posts about writing, self-publishing, the book/ebook world in general, reviews and interviews.  Two days in every week are reserved for special, though routine, features: Book Promo Day (every Thursday) and Blog Browser Day (every Sunday).  There will, from time to time, be short pieces of prose or poetry by myself.  Hopefully, above all else, you’ll be entertained as well as informed!

Please do explore the whole site – you may just find something unexpected!

If you own an Amazon Kindle, and you wish to do so, you may subscribe to the blog through Amazon, for a small monthly fee.  It is only available for some Kindle models: Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Keyboard.  You can find the subscription page by searching your usual Amazon site for the ASIN B00BZFWKX4.  Note: An ‘ASIN’ is a unique number assigned by Amazon to each publication.

A Note for those without an eReader:

There is a page of the blog ddicated to eReader software whch you can download for free and which will allow you to read ebooks on your computer.   If you hve a Smartphone, may of them allow the dwnlading of apps to do the same.  Obviously, it’s not possible for me to test all software and apps, or even to discover their existence.  If you know of eReader software or apps, I’d be very pleased to hear from you!

Important Notice!

Please DO NOT ask me to vote for your books/ebooks, or any other author’s, on other sites, or put up ‘Likes’ or ratings! IF I read said books/ebooks, I will do what is right. I will NOT help to artificially boost counts under any circumstances! I provide several ways for authors to promote themselves and their books through this blog, which is legitimate marketing. I don’t regard arbitrary voting/liking/rating to be legitimate or honest – as both may influence buyers despite my own lack of knowledge of the works involved.  This type of activity is, as far as I am concerned, an abuse of both the social networking principle and your supporters.  I will also, of course, refuse any request to publicise any such appeal on this blog.

I’m sorry if this offends, but it is something I feel strongly about.


Published Works Book Covers - May 2013My books as at May 2013

99 thoughts on “What It’s All About!

  1. Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints
    for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on
    everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many choices out there that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

    • Thanks Salvatore. The blog contains some observations that may help aspiring writers but I would recommend simply going for it! As to the question of free or paid, I would always recommend free, at least at first! Unless you’re creating a purely commercial blog, and wanting to include things not allowed by the free platforms, there’s very little point in paying for the blog system you decide to use. Of the free platforms, I would always recommend WordPress.com.

      Hope that helps.

  2. Thanks for the like!
    I look forward to reading more on your blog as well as reading one of your books.
    I love your titles – “Seelie Heiress” intrigues me the most at the moment, I love faeries =) Especially the good ones.

    • My pleasure Victoria 🙂
      Thanks 🙂 I do hope that you find the blog interesting and whichever ebook you choose enjoyable 😉
      I spend ages trying to think up titles – most of the time, though I sometimes get an idea for a title and then have to try and figure out the story for it LOL. Seelie Heiress was a really tough one and changed a few times 🙂

  3. Hi there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

  4. Hi Steve, just wanted to say hi, it’s good to meet you 🙂 I love the professional feel of your website and blog. From what I’ve seen so far you write on genuinely engaging topics and have an easy manner – a real blessing for us readers! 🙂
    Keep imagineering, my friend!

    • Hi Jill,

      Wow! What can I say? Huge thanks, of course! I truly appreciate your kind comments, they mean a very great deal to me. 🙂 You’ve made my day – and made me blush! 🙂

  5. It’s amazing how one person can proof a book and find typos and another will find nothing! Sometimes the brain reads what it knows it’s supposed to read and you can miss a typos.

  6. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like yours and will be following your interesting topics. I do a lot of book reviews and proof reading for other authors but now I need to get back to my own book and get down to business with the editing. Do you think there is a time to stop editing? I find that each time I read my novel I want to add or change something. It is taking longer to edit than write it!
    Janice

    • Entirely my pleasure, Janice 🙂 Thank you! God luck with the editing – something I hate doing 😉 Personally, I try to go over anything once for the glaring errors, and possible rewrites, again for typos in general, and maybe once more. After that, I convert to ebook and read that, very slowly, in case anything has slipped through. I really don’t like tying up time revisiting when there are so many new things to write about. There’s always the risk of small errors, and you can go on reworking things forever. Eventually, you just have to be strong. You don’t want to risk ending up with something entirely different from the original – or you might as well just have written another book 🙂

      Steve

      • Thank you for your input. I agree. I have to make up my mind to get moving with it. I can’t afford an editor. My husband has read it and made suggestions which I have taken and improved more on my own. I will let you know when I complete it and get it published. Thanks for the support.

      • A pleasure 🙂 I’m in the same boat on affording an editor. I have to do it all myself and things do slip through at times, unfortunately. I find that reading what I’ve written in different formats helps, like uploading to my kobo eReader. Even so, I recently got two novelettes into paperback and one of those has been revealed to contain a few problems, which I spotted because I was reading it in paper form! If you have a few trusted friends, in the real world or online, you could try using them as beta readers 😉

        All the best 🙂

    • Oh wow! Thank you so much, Rachel! 🙂 That’s the second time in a week for that award – definitely super blush time! Would you mind terribly if I mentioned it without obeying all the rules on this occasion? I’ve had to think of nearly thirty fellow bloggers in less than a week, which has strained my poor old brain cells LOL!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog, Steve, and ‘following’ it. Hope you continue to enjoy it.
    Must say, I like what I’ve seen of your so far. 🙂
    Agree about the need for good proof reading.

  8. Thanks for reading my recent blogs. I had a problem getting my photos to print with my articles, I you saw some of the blogs without photos, I apologize. I read and enjoyed your blog and will subscribe. I invite you to follow my blog as well. best wishes, beebeesworld

    • My pleasure 🙂 No worries. Odd things happen all the time 😉

      Thanks 🙂 I’ve actually been following your blog for quite a while, now 🙂

      Steve

  9. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  10. Hi Steve:
    Thanks for visiting and following Bookshelf for the intellectually curious. Like you, I hope that my writing is an inspiration for others. The goal is to follow your passion and write about what you love and what interests you. If you can manage that, it never really seems like “work.” Look forward reading your posts. Cheers.

    • My pleasure, Alexander. I will admit, I’m happy if my writing entertains. Anything else others may derive from it is just a bonus 🙂 That said, I do write what I have a love of reading – that old thing about writing the books you would want to read. It certainly makes things much easier than trying to write without feeling for the subject 😉

      Thanks 🙂 I shall certainly be following your posts, too!

      Cheers.

  11. Steve thanks so much for visiting my author blog. Lovely to have you there. I am really enjoying reading yours and all the comments as well. I do hope you will come back soon and I look forward to chatting here again soon…I shall be back. 🙂

    • Very much a pleasure, Jane 🙂 Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ll definitely revisit yours whenever possible 🙂 Take care 😉

  12. Hi Steve:
    Thank you for your steady support of “Bookshelf: for the intellecturally curious” that explores the fascinating world of literature and the English language. Enjoyed browsing through your blog. Great to connect with other passionate bibliophiles. Cheers. Alex

    • My pleasure, Alexander 🙂

      Thanks, It certainly is good. I’ve had too many periods when the people around me have been bibliophobes, if anything.

      Cheers,
      Steve

    • My pleasure 🙂 Thanks – fitness is a thing of the past for me, now, and the Mind is something that I’ve always given a high priority to 😉

  13. Dear Steve, Thank you so much for following my blog. I know I’m a bit late as far as acknowledgement goes, but I did want to express my gratitude. Also, I must say sifting through your blog is finding a wealth of knowledge at least from a writer’s perspective. I truly appreciate your thoroughness. Something that is at times a personal challenge for me. Again, thank you.

    • Thank you so much for the honour, Zee! 🙂 It’s very kind of you and I am certainly very happy to accept the award. Unfortunately, things are very fraught here right now so my focus is elsewhere for now. I will endeavour to keep this in mind and respond properly at a later date.

      Thank you again!

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