Author Profile – Margaret Pearce

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Margaret Pearce I am a Victorian (Victoria, Australia) from a few generations back. My mother’s people arrived about 1850 and my father’s people about the same time. I had a grandmother unliberated enough to have had ten children and a … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Prue Harrison

What did you like reading as a child? Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne. We would sit on the sofa with my Dad and each take on a character to act out as we read it. The funniest character always … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Chris Cooke

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Chris Cooke Chris Cooke has been writing as an Author, Poet and Lyricist for twenty-seven years. He has two self published books, The Ride and Stories For Those Of Us With A Short Attention Span. Several short stories from Stories … Continue reading

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Spreading The Word About Alfie Dog Fiction

LindaThis is Linda Daunter dipping her toe into the big, scary world of book promotion.

Linda says: I find it very hard to advertise my own work, and that is why I had a big problem with Alfie Dog Fiction.

I’m very proud that Alfie Dog has published a few of my stories as ebooks, but telling people about them seems uncomfortably like showing off. On the other hand, because it specializes in publishing short stories – something many other publishers ignore – I do think the company deserves to be better known by the reading public and I wanted to do something to help.

My first thought was to run some sort of competition on my blog with Alfie Dog stories as prizes. But as I haven’t got many followers, and those I have are either personal friends or other writers who already know about Alfie Dog, I wouldn’t be attracting any new customers to the company.

Then I had a better idea …

I spend most Saturday mornings with an amateur art group in the Realitas Community Arts Centre in Market Deeping. At the heart of Realitas is a very popular tearoom and I noticed that a lot of customers there use their iPads, laptops and smartphones while enjoying the delicious refreshments on offer. Some people even read ‘real’ books! It seemed a perfect place to introduce people to the wide range of Alfie Dog stories.

After getting permission from Neil, who runs Realitas, and Rosemary J. Kind, the owner of Alfie Dog Fiction, I launched a free prize draw with ebook stories as the prizes. It attracted a lot of attention, and I found myself doing a lot of explaining. For example, several people said they didn’t read ebooks because they didn’t have a Kindle. They didn’t know they could download ebooks to other devices such as their home computer. Mentioning that the Alfie Dog list includes stories for children also attracted quite a bit of interest – mostly from older people who were concerned about the amount of time their grandchildren spend playing computer games. They thought it was a great idea to have bedtime stories on tablets and laptops.

Spreading the word about Alfie Dog was surprisingly easy and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Perhaps when I get my novel published, and need to boost sales, the trick will be to pretend I’m promoting it for someone else …?

P.S. If you’re ever in the Peterborough/ South Lincolnshire area do make a detour into Market Deeping and pop in to Realitas. The people are friendly, there’s always something new to see, and their homemade cakes are amazing!

http://www.realitascommunity.org/

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Writers on Reading – Alan C. Williams

What did you like reading as a child? As a child and through my teenage years, I found stimulation in reading comics. They helped me expand my vocabulary and encouraged me to read more. Looking back at some of those … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Joan Zambelli

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Joan Zambelli Joan made up bedtime tales for her daughters when they were young, but she didn’t begin writing any stories until 1996, after her return to England from Italy.She did a ‘Writing for Children’ Postal Course, and joined a … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Margaret Mounsdon

What did you like reading as a child? Adventure stories and stories set in schools (there were a lot of those in the fifties). I don’t think they’re politically correct now but they were fun at the time. Who is … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Linda Lewis

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Linda Lewis Linda Lewis has been writing and selling short stories for more than 10 years. In the past she has worked part time as a tutor for The Writers Bureau and also given talks, run workshops and judged competitions. … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Henry Mitchell

What did you like reading as a child? I developed a taste for science fiction in grade school and never quite recovered. It wasn’t the fantastic technology that drew me in so much as the peculiar states of mind. Who … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Pat Boulton

Pat Boulton Pat began writing for children on retirement, after completing a course with THE ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S WRITERS. She has had children’s stories published in‘The People’s Friend’ and ‘Ireland’s Own’. She has had one prior children’s book published in … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Tina K Burton

What did you like reading as a child? Enid Blyton – her Enchanted Wood series and Wishing Chair books had me enthralled. Who is your favourite author and why? It changes, but at the moment M.C.Beaton. I love her Agatha … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Fay Wentworth

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Fay Wentworth Fay Wentworth is a writer of short stories and novellas. Her work has been published in magazines, anthologies, online and won awards in national competitions. She has pursued her love of creative writing since childhood, her first story … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – E. J. Lamprey

What did you like reading as a child? Adventure stories, preferably set in slightly (not very) exotic locations, with several participants Who is your favourite author and why? Maybe Mary Stewart – she wrote so beautifully but the books were … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Rosemary J. Kind

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Rosemary J. Kind Rosemary J. Kind turned to writing after a 20 year business career, although she has written as a hobby for many years. Initially she focussed on non-fiction with a wide range of magazine articles and a book … Continue reading

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Writers on Reading – Greta Yorke

What did you like reading as a child? As a child I read adventure stories and anything to do with horses.  Enid Blyton was my favourite author and I remember the excitement of visiting the local bookshop to collect her … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Gill McKinlay

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Gill McKinlay I’d always wanted to be a writer but never believed anybody as ordinary as me could become one. Then I bought a copy of Cat World magazine and read an article somebody had written about their cats. At … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Susan Wright

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Susan Wright Susan Wright has been writing fiction since childhood. When she was a child, she used to fill notebooks with long, rambling tales about animals, but these days she writes straight on to a computer and tries to keep … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Peter Lingard

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Peter Lingard Peter Lingard, born a Brit, sold ice cream on railway stations, worked as a bank clerk, delivered milk, laboured in a large dairy, and served in the Royal Marines. He has also been a barman, an accountant and … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins Patsy Collins’ stories have been published in a range of UK, Irish and Australian magazines including Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, The Weekly News, Woman’s Day, That’s Life! and My Weekly. Many of these stories are … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – K S Dearsley

When you need an idea for a story there are many places you can look. If I said that the inspiration for The Bitter Harvest came from the Bible, you might think that I had opened one at random and … Continue reading

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Gillian McDonald-Constable.

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I was born to a mother with wanderlust. My long suffering father and I (and later, my two sisters) followed her patiently, from place to place. The one constant in this itinerant life was the animals. Mum is animal mad, … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Marie Rankin

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So here I am guys, my first children’s story is about to be published on Alfie Dog Fiction. Before now I pretty much wrote for fun, sometimes trying a few agents, but how did it all come about? There I was … Continue reading

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Press Release – Up The Garden Path

Gardening Themed – New Short Story Collection for Patsy Collins Following the success of her three novels, Patsy Collins is looking forward to the publication of her short story collection ‘Up The Garden Path’ by publisher Alfie Dog Fiction. Having … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Heather Parker

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      Profile of Short Story Writer Heather Parker I live in the Lake District with three dogs, four cats and a husband.  As you can see from the photograph, I’m pretty keen on all animals…  This beautiful, gentle … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Regan Macaulay

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Regan Macaulay Regan W. H. Macaulay is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and children’s stories.  She has published a number of short stories, an article for children, and is currently working on a series of middle-grade novels, a … Continue reading

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