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New York Orphan

New York Orphan will be on sale from October this year. Sign up for updates and an invitation to the launch.

Which book are you going to put at the top of your Christmas wish list? Which book are you going to buy for everyone from your uncle to your best friend? Which book will you get an invitation to the launch event for?

The answer to all of those questions is, of course, New York Orphan. It has been years in the researching and the writing and now I am delighted that you can be one of the first to see the book cover and join in the excitement of building up to the launch.

For the next few months, I am going to tease you, tickle your literary appreciation bone, (trust me you have one) and leave you desperate to start reading as soon as it hits the shelves.

The book cover has been designed by Katie Stewart of Magic Owl Designs, and brings together key aspects of the book. It is 1853 in New York. Seven-year-old Daniel Flynn’s family left the Irish Potato Famine behind, in search of a better life. As happened to many children, Daniel’s parents died on the six-week crossing to America and he arrived on the wharf in New York as an orphan.

The current refugee crisis is nothing new. There were thousands of children on the streets of New York at that time, their families having fled from war, revolution and famine in Europe. New York Orphan, whilst a fictional account of how life played out, is deeply rooted in historical research and it’s shocking.

To make sure you don’t miss out on the build-up to the release of the book, then either sign up to my newsletter HERE, or like my Facebook page HERE in order to receive the latest news, and of course, your launch invitation.

Publication Day

final-cover-small-front-251016It’s here. It’s available in time for Christmas and, though I say so myself, it’s well worth reading if you want to learn more about writing.

From Story Idea to Reader

From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.

Available from:

Alfie Dog Fiction – HERE

Amazon UK – HERE

Amazon.com HERE

Also available from other online retailers.

From Story Idea to Reader

final-cover-small-front-251016Don’t let the grass grow under your feet! Whilst I’ve been waiting for responses from agents on my novel, I have not been sitting idly staring at a blank screen.

Earlier this summer, prolific short story writer, Patsy Collins and I began to discuss writing a book with advice for writers. Patsy has a number of novels to her credit and has written hundreds of short stories, which have been published in all the leading women’s magazines both at home and abroad. I, as you may have realised by now, have not only written several books, but as editor at www.alfiedog.com have edited several thousand short stories in the last few years.

What all that means is that Patsy’s and my combined experience could prove very useful to other writers. We’ve also both run workshops and judged in writing competitions as well as having written articles for the writing magazines.

We began to look at the whole process and between us have written a guide taking you from how to generate ideas, through to how to get your work published. It runs to nearly 300 pages and hopefully has something for every writer. The project is now complete and ready to be launched into the world. It comes out on 30th November in paperback, but is already available to pre-order as an ebook. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you when it comes to launch date. If you don’t need it for yourself, it really would make a great Christmas Present for the writer  or wannabe writer in your family.

Paperback ISBN 978-1-909894-32-7 £9.99 in the UK

Ebook from all leading outlets £3.99 Amazon UK is HERE