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 Introduction
A Letter From China
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Infrequent, irreverent, and irrelevant snapshots of daily life in China. An expats view of life in modern Canton.
 

Computer Keyboards

  How well do you know your input device, or what all the keys are actually for?
What would you like it to do?
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Six Days in Siam

A short story about the stupidity of the Orient, as seen through the eyes of the Occident.
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Hints, Tips, & Tricks

Prescience
While writing a book, you will read it many, many times. You do this when writing, and when editing.

Sometimes you will read a word, a clause, or even an entire scene and stop to wonder, because it felt like a glitch. That is because it was a glitch, You got it wrong.

This also applies to punctuation and spelling. You need to make time, go back and check. If you do not, the reader will pick up on it.

The Rule of Threes
My rule is three times, and then I know I have to change the word, delete or rewrite the scene ... or do something about whatever it is.

Latest News

March 2018
After spending the best part of two months like a zombie, I finally started to feel well again and get my old self back. I most definitely contracted something, but what I have no idea. I looked at SG-4, but then tinkered with my ideas regards the dreams book, before needing to urgently write (That's a split infinitive, Yay!") about Temsey. And sao I am currently writing about a man who was fished out of the Thames, and he has zero memory.

This is really fun and I am back on my game at last. The first part of the book is about his life on the streets, knowing nothing of his previous existence. But then, Billie Steadman, daughter of Bilty from Domicile, takes up the cause for to find him, and find him she eventually will. Before she does, there will be a lot of current social commentary supplied by the characters. Even more fun.

Winter 2018
I worked through until the second of January, 2018, and then my world fell apart. I could not concentrate at all, and then I was unwell. By the end of January I was displaying all the signs of pneumonia, I fever I once endured, and one that is very not nice. February passed in similar fashion, although the causes varied. I did not drink alcohol for over two months and spent most of my time asleep. It was well-weird.

Late Autumn 2017
While the below was happening in spurts, I was also working on Star Gazer Four (SG-4). It was going extremely well, if slowly by my standards, and all appeared well. But I was not convinced, because it was all too easy. Robotic even.

By late December I was over three-quarters of the way through, and I knew in my heart that it wasn't right. That's not to say it was wrong, but just that it could be significantly improved. I felt as if I was churning the words out according to a formula, and stopped writing. My intension was to begin a serious review and edit from the beginning of the book, and I began. The problem was apparent one hour later, Chapter Three needed a serious rewrite, it was just too predictable, and any fool could have written it. I knew what I had to do to correct it, and then came New Year.

Autumn 2017
I became distracted editing an excellent period mystery entitled A Traitor's Child by a new authoress, Sarah Ibbetson. I thought we worked well together and we spoke about her joining Charlotte Greene, but it seems that was not to be. I wish her well regardless. If you see this title on offer, I suggest you get a copy, it is very good.

Regardless, it was excellent applied book working skills for me, and the first time I had edited a novel written by somebody else. It was a lot of work, and next time I will need paying for it. I learnt a lot, so I do not begrudge Sarah my input at all. It's a bit like the old adage, 'If you can teach it, then you know it'. And that is how I felt about it all.

Over the weeks and months that followed, I offered my editorial skills for other short stories, mainly at an online story portal. That was fun, and oh how atrocious some people's English usage was. One stood out by a talented author, but somehow we seemed to fall out over nothing, and although my suggestions were incorporated in the finished online article, I was not mentioned, credit being given to others. Hey-ho.

Overall, that period was a great and most enjoyable learning curve .I now know I am an editor.

End of August 2017
Boris and I produced the Autumn Catalogue for Charlotte Greene, but my heart was no longer in it––The marketeering that is. We kept the .psd file for use next time.

15th July 2017
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7th June 2017
This proved to be an expensive few days, as I sent copies of my books to Gardners books with catalogue and cover letter. They are the largest UK wholesalers of books, both in print and EPUB formats. I am quietly confident, but not expectant of being listed as a publisher with them. These things take time. Gardners are the doorway to Waterstones you understand, but only for publishers.

If I am rejected, I will apply again, adding Carla's books to the Autumn Catalogue, after having also joined The Publishers Association in the meantime. It is all related in book circles.

I have also sent off print books to certain journalists who I feel may take an interest in Domicile. It will be interesting to see what comes of that.

3rd June 2017
Carla Acheson joined Charlotte Greene this week, and is warmly welcomed to our pool of authors. She is a successful author I deeply respect. Having created a Publisher - Author contract, I have since furnished her with six ISBN's, and uploaded her information to Nielsen, who list all books in print for the Trade.

We have been working together to maximise the potential of Charlotte Greene, and make it attractive to other self-publishing authors. She has created a Facebook page for me, as I cannot connect from China = Banned. We are listed under 'Charlotte Greene Publishing' or '@CGPublishingServices', whichever works for you.

The last week has been dedicated to updating the Charlotte Greene website, which is now up and running in its new format.

21st May 2017
This website is now virtually updated, and all seven books are listed via the catalogue page, and have one dedicated page each. These pages have a Look Inside widget, plus buying options and more.

19th May 2017
This website is currently being updated and will take a couple of days to complete. The major change is the addition of seven new pages, one for each book - all now published in both Print and eBook formats.

Each page offers a 'look inside' feature, so the reader can check out the first few chapters, and discover more about each book. The widget used also supplies buying options, although this remains a work in progress. Regardless, the main pages will soon be finished, and are live online, regardless of their state of completion.

None of these pages is as yet complete, it takes time to code, to make the images. And then out of nowhere, creativity strikes, so instead of resizing images, I am drawn to write a question and answer sequence, because it is good. So today, the bare bones. In a day or two, it will be finished. Please bear with me. Onwards!

I spent the entirety of January 2017 eradicating semi colons from my novels. I've also been reviewing content. It takes time.

11th March 2017
Today I released the first six books in both printed and Ebook forms, but only on Amazon so far. There is one book to go: Domicile, which has been a 'piece of work'. It is away with Susan for final polishing, and should be available within ten days.

I apologise, if I appear to be slow in updating this page, and others, but my XP computer's on-board graphics card died. I lost tools that work, making updating these pages easy. Instead I get a lot of needless hassle. XP will be fired up again, when I find a suitable card.

In the coming weeks, and before the end of March 2017, I should have seven novels available on all major and minor, western sales channels. Each is different, and has variations of parameters. So I'll take them one per day. I also have to send out physical books for review and hopefully acceptance by the Trade.

Talking of the Book Industry, their main selling period is Christmas. I am working for sales and promotion for nine month's time. It's weird. Trade first, both in UK and the U.S. My Book Catalogue is now available for dissemination in physical, printed form.

I'll follow with other online retailers: B & H Nook, Kobo, Lulu, Goodreads - the list appears seemingly endless. However, this is the perfect time of year to get my books into these markets, and with Trade supplier support, I'm still ahead of the clock.

The associated publisher website (Charlotte Greene) is complete, bar updating with the latest info, and confirming links. Something else for idle moments this month. There is a lot to being an independent publisher, but I'm on course to succeed. Oh, and I got my U.S. tax status with the IRS sorted already, so that's a bonus.

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One of my greatest joys as a writer of fiction, is bringing imaginary characters to life. Sometimes what they say or do is very funny, or conversely, brings a tear to the eye. My characters have personalities and emotions, something I gladly share with the reader.

While typing their stories, I am inside the characters heads, and influencing how they as people develop over the course of the story. Some are quite hilarious, such as Da Phai Nai in Star Gazer. Others, like Bill in Fractured are likeable rogues, or Rosa, a motherly character from the same book, who is also a very clever businesswoman.

I also get a thrill when I manage to disguise a clue, which although in plain view, the reader is led to pass over without realising the significance. Fractured book two, Conspiracy Theory, is notable for this, although it features in all my writing.

Charlotte Greene

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Fiction book imprint designed for self-publishing authors who need a little help, say with editing or covers. This resource is also open to freelancers.

Charlotte Greene put the two in contact with each other.
www.charlotte-greene.co.uk
 

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