Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Now published as an ebook.

The Lamb at Nettlesham is now available as an ebook on Amazon.
Follow the story of the Manchester City supporting publican as he seeks happiness in the beautiful Saigh Valley.

Please click on the link below for more details.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Rewrite update 2

Yet another rewrite completed today. It's certainly hard work and I am constantly amazed to keep finding mistakes.
I shall scan through it again before uploading it

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Video synopsis of the 'Lamb'.

Click on the link below to see Kevill's talk about his novel, 'The Lamb at Nettlesham' now published as an ebook on Amazon

Friday, 17 June 2011

Brawl at Ascot

There was a brawl at Royal Ascot yesterday. How appropriate after the ebook publication of the 'Lamb' which portrays a brawl as the regulars of the 'Lamb' take offence with the 'townies' from the 'George'.

I watched Andrew Marr 's programme on megacities. It reminded me that the transport policy outlined in the 'Lamb' could be the answer. Read my book to find out more or click on the link below:

Friday, 6 May 2011


I have, today, submitted my much edited novel for publication as an ebook. It has taken much time but no matter how many times I reviewed it there were always more adjustments to be made including some really basic errors. I presume this is the reason why professional editing is so expensive, but if you can't afford it one really has to do the best one can.
Formatting the novel to appear on the kindle was also something best left to the professional. The uploading itself wasn't too difficult but the first pages were not correctly aligned with some large font sizes and if I could have afforded it I would have liked somebody with html experience to finish the job.
That said, I am now committed to this style of publishing. I shall no longer go to the trouble and expense of submitting scripts to Agencies. It is a shame but their preoccupation with known names and celebrities has clouded the literary world and made it more difficult for newcomers to break into the industry. Not only that, but also ebooks seem to me to be the future. Amazon recently announced that in a month, for the first time, more ebook titles were sold than conventional books. When readers around the world see the advantages of an electronic book reader and cast aside the nostalgia for paper, I believe the trend will take off and when that happens I want my works, the four completed and the one, half written, to be available.
Let me be quite clear here. I do not believe I'm a natural writer. I cannot, like Dickens, write a beautifully story at the first attempt, in time for a tight deadline. I do believe, however, that I have good stories to tell and that readers will be entertained by them. With the present situation, the story doesn't proceed past first base because some reviewer casts it aside because he or she sees a cliché in the first chapter. In some ways I can't blame him or her because there is an enormous 'slush' pile to get through and is actively seeking any reason to abandon the folio and start a new one without ever knowing what the rest of the script held. This, of course, means that many really good works never reach a publisher. With ebooks, if a work appeals to the public, word of mouth and recommendation will do the job whilst poor works languish. Popular books are automatically highlighted.

There are other possibilities, too. My novel contains scenes of sexual content and swear words. I intend to submit a second novel with these screened out, giving prospective customers the choice. It makes sense when you consider that some countries and cultures do not approve of sex and swearing in their literature.

Sunday, 13 March 2011


Since I rewrote the 'Lamb' I've had another look at the story with an eye to making it 'Kindle' compatable and am amazed at the number of improvements I am making. It is absolutely true that when you write a story, the need to reread and reread the piece before seeking publication cannot be over emphasised .
How Dickens managed when he had to have his work ready in time for a fixed publication date in a newspaper, I do not know. He must have had the ability to write his stories, chapter by chapter, perfectly once.

Following the disappointment of rejection by agents I am seriously thinking of publishing my stories on Amazon's Kindle as an ebook. The latest deal is that an author receives 70% of the book cover cost which the author himself sets.
Each publication allows a prospective buyer to download three or more chapters to preview before purchase. This allows the buyer to assess whether the book has sufficient merit to warrant purchase.
This safeguard goes some way to alleviate the worry that the uploaded work is not up to standard without some sort of peer appraisal. If it's no good, it won't sell and books that do sell become their own best advertisement.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Createspace/Penguin competition

This year's createspace/Penguin competition entry date is the 24th Jan, starting at 12.01 Standard Eastern Time, US. The first 5000 entries will be considered and I have decided to go with the revised 'Lamb'.

Last year my entry, 'The Green Man at Buddleigh', never got off the ground because my pitch was rubbish, full of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. This year I hope I'm better prepared although reading the pitches of last year's entries makes me wonder if they have read the promoter's own guidelines to the pitch. To read my pitch go to:  

The recent submission to a publisher ended in disappointment when they asked for over £2200 contribution to publishing costs, despite saying that both the 'Lamb' and the 'Green Man' were of merit and likely to be enjoyed by the public. Although I've brushed aside the disappointment I can sense that my confidence is slightly dented and I need a little while before I begin again. I need to take a few weeks away from creative writing to regenerate what I know is inside, since despite the feeling that it's really too much effort to achieve recognition, I'm too old anyway and other negative thoughts, I do believe that my stories are worth telling, the characters are interesting and the plots satisfying.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Breakthrough? Who knows?

I have had a positive response to my latest promotion. Hoorah!!

I have two novels to promote as part of my Saigh Valley Series and I have submitted extracts of both to publishers and agents, along with my pitch. I'm delighted to say that my submission has persuaded one recipient to ask to see the two manuscripts in full. It's what I wanted, because I've always felt confident that there was an entertaining story in there; for an independent someone to read them in full and make a judgement. The real test of whether or not they are to commercial standard. Let's face it, if my stories can make them money, they'll be interested; if not, then I'll know the truth, if their judgement can be trusted.
Last week, I tried to read what would be called a 'Chick Lit' novel and had to give up after the first chapter. I can't comment on its quality only that I couldn't read it. Apparently, most novel readers these days are women and therefore most new works pander to this market which makes it yet more difficult for men to find something to entertain them. I hoped to step into the breach with stories that would appeal to both sexes. Stories with a good plots, interesting characters and a satisfying ending. No science fiction, no mysogynistic psychopaths and definitely no bloody elves or fairies. Just a jolly good story, tinged with humour, coloured with a tragedy and told with feeling untrammeled with excessive verbiage.

So I must make a hard copy of each of the stories, which with both together amounting to 800 printed A4 sheets will cost, both in paper and printer ink, a prety penny. The postage from Spain will be in the order of 30 to 50 Euros depending on the mood of the postmaster. It's not cheap to make a full submission but I have a feeling that it's going to be worth while.  The feeling that the daily writing, the struggling to bring the plots into line, turning mere words into something that gives pleasure is the best feeling that an author can have.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Promo 1 Update

Well I've received two refusals by email and an acknowledgement of receipt from a publisher I contacted directly. One of the refusals was so quick it left no time for proper scrutiny. I shall not submit to them again.

It's always hard to receive refusals, particularly as these letters intimated that they were not sufficiently excited by the proposal.

It's impossible to know if my proposal was flawed, the synopsis, was poorly conceived for instance, or whether the standard of writing in the submitted chapters 'didn't light their fires'.

I constantly receive emails from people who want to give me advice on submissions in exchange for a fee. It seems the way the industry is going. Once upon a time there were publishers. Then along came Agencies who filtered the submitted work sent to the publishers. Now we have the firms that review and amend all work submitted to the agencies, all the time adding to the list of people taking a cut of any royalties.
The rewards can be good and many people are writing in the hope of attracting a publisher but its hard to get a foot in the door when celebrities seem to be the first priority. I heard yesterday that Carol Vorderman, her of 'Countdown' fame, is publishing a book tomorrow. It's surely easy for a publisher to promote her book because she's an established name, compared with an unknown. I can't blame Carol, who I've briefly met on the 'Countdown' set, but it sure makes it difficult for unknowns, some of whom are undoubtedly talented, to break into the industry.