Archive for October, 2019

Do it yourself – immediately

28/10/2019

Stop right there. Yes, you with the hammer and screwdriver. Don’t you know how dangerous it is doing home improvements? What do you mean, you’d rather be putting up shelves than pedalling into town? Clearly you’ve not read my latest short story, A Risky Ride, which is now available as an eBook on Amazon. So do as I say, put down those tools, get online and order it now.

I don’t read reviews

17/10/2019

… but in this case I’ll make an exception! My essay about the mysterious epidemic of cycling injuries, Breaking with Tradition, has received its first review by a reader.

Knowing that the style of my essay was out of the ordinary, I’ve been worried that it might not be well-received. People get used to reading a certain attitude, structure and content and my essay definitely does not follow any of those patterns found in my book. It could easily upset those who might have expected more of the same.

So I’m relieved by what a reader has posted on the essay’s page on Amazon UK website (click here for links to the right Amazon page in other countries). Here’s the review:

‘Not quite what I was expecting from the author of “Cycling Science”, but highly entertaining none the less. No deep enquiry here into the physics of two-wheeled transport, rather a mix of autobiographical recollection, humour and skulduggery. A fun bedtime read. Let’s hope this essay is just the first of a series.’

Not bad for my first essay. It’s enough to make me want to sit on my handlebars and pedal backwards.

Linking with Precision

10/10/2019

You’re trying to download my newest essay but can’t find the link, right? I’ve discovered that Amazon has several different ones to my downloadable essay, depending on which of their international sites you are using.

To help you get to the one that’s in your virtual neighbourhood, here are as many of the Amazon links as I can find. I’ll add more as I find them but they are very similar to each other so you might be able to guess the right one for your country:

Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/Breaking-Tradition-youthful-phantoms-ancient-ebook/dp/B07YSN7TK7

Canada https://www.amazon.ca/Breaking-Tradition-youthful-phantoms-ancient-ebook/dp/B07YSN7TK7

India https://www.amazon.in/Breaking-Tradition-youthful-phantoms-ancient-ebook/dp/B07YSN7TK7

United Kingdom http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YSN7TK7

United States https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Tradition-youthful-phantoms-ancient-ebook/dp/B07YSN7TK7

Breaking with Tradition

07/10/2019
Breaking the mould

For several months I’ve been sitting on a few stories that have caught my eye while scouring academic studies relevant to cycling. They are a bit off-track, not solid cycling, excursions from my usual direction, so I couldn’t think which of my usual magazine and web publishers might want them. That’s why I’ve decided to publish themselves myself. But how?

The easiest way to publish an essay so that lots of people can read it is to post it to a blog, such as this. Unfortunately that wouldn’t help me to pay my bills. So, with some reluctance, I’ve chosen to use Amazon’s eBook platform.

The platform really is more suitable for longer works, books, but it might work for the couple of thousand words of an essay. In my next post you’ll find links to the essay on several of Amazon’s international sites and in their local currencies.

Whichever currency you use, I hope the text gives you value for money for what is, after all, something to enjoy over a coffee or even a cup of tea. Or both.

Breaking with Tradition” is the first essay and is available online . It’s an easy read, has some shocking moments and silly recollections. I hope you like it.