I was born in the 70s, which is too long ago for my liking.
I played drums in a rock band for 15 years and was fortunate enough to tour all over the world. I’m sure this was more educational than university or a ‘proper job’ could have been.
After the band stopped being a profession and became a hobby, I started writing fiction. I self-published my first book, Wicked Game, in 2010. To avoid a mental breakdown, I then started writing short stories as they’re a lot easier to finish.
HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY, GET PUBLISHED & MAKE MONEY
Due to my success with short story writing, I wrote a book called How To Write A Short Story, Get Published & Make Money. It uses 16 of my published stories as case studies, so writers can see how all the different tips and advice in the book were used in practice to achieve publishing success. You can order a free sample of the book from my website.
TO HULL & BACK HUMOROUS SHORT STORY COMPETITION
I also run the annual ‘To Hull & Back’ humorous short story competition, which offers the greatest prize in the known macrocosm. Part of it is cash (the top prize is currently £1,000), but there is more… much more. You’ll have to check my website for full details. All the anthologies from the competition are available on Amazon and each one contains over 25 stories of 'Mirth and Legend' from some of the finest humorous story writers on the planet.
HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK ON CREATESPACE & AMAZON
Early in 2016 I was asked to write a tutorial about self-publishing on CreateSpace and Amazon by Matthew Woodward (an award winning blogger). I gladly accepted. As I had to go through the process of self-publishing to write about it, I published the guide as book. It’s available at very reasonable prices because it was not originally written with profit in mind.
My website contains many free resources to help authors develop their short story writing and see their words in print.
The site contains lots of practical advice based on real-life writing and publishing experience. It also contains lists of potential publishing markets for authors to submit to, including writing competitions and short story magazines.
To learn more, please visit my website: