Monthly Archives: October 2015

First fiction

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After writing and co-writing more than 260 children’s non-fiction books, two graphic novels and a couple of adult non-fiction books over the past 34 years, Nibwebber Ian Graham has just produced his first fiction. It’s a book of five murder whodunit short stories called ‘Death Duties’.

Without any track record in fiction, Ian didn’t relish the prospect of his manuscript languishing on a publisher’s slush pile for a year or more, so he published the book himself. It’s available from Amazon as a paperback and an ebook. First reactions from readers have been very positive.

Ian said, ‘This is the first time I have published one of my own books. The learning curve was quite steep and I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I really enjoyed being in control of everything – from writing and editing to design, layout, typography and pricing. The big plus was that the process was entirely stress-free. I will certainly do this again.’

Death Duties cover email

Autumn reading

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‘Squirrel’s Autumn Search’ by Nibweb member Anita Loughrey has been recommended by the Scottish Book Trust as one of 10 Seasonal Stories (3–7). She’s in exalted company – one of the other books listed is ‘Alfie Weather’, by Shirley Hughes.