MEMBER LOGIN

DON'T HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

Register & Login HERE

Here at AUTHORSdB we've formed the only database of authors, including social media, book listings and much more, for today's mine-field of thousands of aspiring and established writers.

We are a dedicated website that helps authors for free.

Author Blogs

Syndicated blogs on AUTHORSdb

Barnaby Taylor – How Do You Write Episode 4


  In this episode I discuss the origins of the VIRO series and describe the central character Jake. If you would like to join me on my publishing journey then please like my videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel. You can also subscribe to my blog where I discuss my writing journey and publish writing excerpts – http://www.falconboy.ie You can also follow me on Twitter @BarnabyFTaylor Books One and Two in the VIRO series are currently available in paperback and for download at the following links: bit.ly/VIRO1 bit.ly/VIROBOOK1 bit.ly/VIROROCKS bit.ly/VIRO2UK bit.ly/VIRO2US bit.ly/VIRO2SMASH Verified Amazon Reviews for VIRO ‘I absolutely loved this book. Powerful and poignant, ‘Viro’ pack...
Continue reading
0
  67 Hits
  0 Comments

Did she go up or down the aisle?

Meghan
A break from blogging for a short holiday turned into something rather longer as my 95 year old mother became very ill following a stroke. She died on Saturday 19th May, so I missed the televising of that ‘wedding of the year’ between an American actress and an English prince. Being otherwise occupied beforehand I also largely missed the controversy over who would walk Meghan down the aisle. But I subsequently heard about the debate over whether she should be ‘walked up’ or ‘walked down’ the aisle. The London Times referred to her being ‘walked down the aisle’ to the altar, only to have several readers argue that she would have to be ‘walked up’ the aisle to her fiancé and would then ‘walk d...
Continue reading
0
  74 Hits
  0 Comments

Great News – VIRO – Book Two just released – Get your copy now …

VIRO BOOK ONE REVIEW COVER9781999633202 (1)
Hi Everyone Due to popular demand, I am thrilled to announce that Book Two in the VIRO series has just been published. Although somewhat earlier than initially planned, it is a buyer’s market and demand was such that I took the decision to bring the publication date forward. Jake and the other survivors are still fighting for their lives as they hunt for his mother and Book Two brings a whole new series of challenges for them. Both books in the series are available in paperback and electronic form and links to Amazon are embedded in the images. Book One and Book Two are also available from Smashwords and I am currently running a promotion where Book One is available for FREE for a limited pe...
Continue reading
0
  91 Hits
  0 Comments

The Professor Dunne Mysteries, Book One – The Case of the Flying Archaeologist (WIP)

THE PROFESSOR DUNNE MYSTERIES
Chapter 1 September the Eighth is the feast-day of Our Lady in Dublin and Professor Patricia Dunne never missed the chance to attend the ceremony that was held in the Whitefriars Street Carmelite Church. In case you’re wondering, the simplest way to get there is to come out of the Front Gate of Trinity College and walk straight ahead. Keep going until you reach the bottom of South Great George’s Street. Here you should turn left and walk up the hill. Carry on past the expensive restaurants of Fade Street and keep going until you reach the bottom of Aungier Street. All you need to do is cross over the road and you’ll find the Carmelite Church up ahead of you on the right-hand side. The sun wa...
Continue reading
0
  62 Hits
  0 Comments

Two Top Writing Tips I Learned This Week


Hi Everyone Today I want to mention some advice I was given about improving my presence online on sites like Goodreads . I discuss this more in my video above and on my YouTube channel but ultimately the first top tip I was given was that if you want to be taken more seriously as a writer then you need to present yourself more seriously as a reader. Goodreads is a great resource for authors to get involved with but only if you are prepared to use the platform for what it was intended for. It is not enough to just post all YOUR book-related stuff on your profile – you know; your books, their editions, the covers, and any trailers or other related wares – and then expect people to engage with ...
Continue reading
0
  89 Hits
  0 Comments

How Do You Write? – A Brand-New YouTube Series

How do you write_ FRONT TITLES (1)
Hi Everyone Clearly because I have nothing better to do with my time, I have decided to launch a brand-new  series on my YouTube channel called ‘How Do You Write?’ In each episode I will be sharing some thoughts on how I write. I will also be joined from time to time by special guests who will be talking about how they write. I currently have two episodes uploaded to YouTube and if you are interested here they are. If you sit through them both you’ll see that Episode 2 is a bit slicker than Episode 1. That’s fine, I like to think it says something about the writing journey. In any case, you can’t upload newer, revised versions of videos on YouTube, only delete them, so I took the decision to...
Continue reading
0
  81 Hits
  0 Comments

Would YOU like a FREE Ebook? Special Offer – ONE Week Only – Don’t Miss this Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to get your hands on a FREE copy of VIRO

VIRO BOOK ONE REVIEW COVER9781999633202 (1)
WOULD YOU LIKE A FREE EBOOK? Hi Everyone, As a special thank you to all of you for simply being wonderful people, I am delighted to announce that for ONE week only you can get a free electronic copy of VIRO from Smashwords. All you have to do is click the book cover above and follow the instructions. I hope you avail of this opportunity and download VIRO . I’m very excited about the project and early feedback on Amazon tells me that VIRO is a hit with its readers. Of course, as is always the case, none of this down to me. Once a book is published it is then down to the Universe to decide. That’s fair enough and is how it should be. If you read VIRO and like it I would be thrilled if you were...
Continue reading
0
  61 Hits
  0 Comments

The Started Series – Book Two – THE DARK AND DANGEROUS DISCO NIGHT (Free Ebook Download)

House Themed Non-Fiction Kindle Cover
The Dark and Dangerous Disco Night A disc jockey, a painter, and a pop star set off to spend Christmas with a Prime Minister and a Prince. The Started Series Welcome to the Started Series. This is a series of novels that I have started but have never developed. I am going to give them away FREE of charge and let the Universe decide. If there is enough interest in one of them I will start it again. The Dark and Dangerous Disco Night is Book Two in this series. You can download the book FREE from Smashwords. CLICK on the word FREE . The Entry Word Following a texting accident, the World summons Jodocus Meaddowcraft, a constipated alien from another dimension. Jodocus sets about punishing the W...
Continue reading
0
  68 Hits
  0 Comments

The Started Series – Book One – THE ENTRY WORD (Free Ebook Download)

the entry word ebook cover
Welcome to the Started Series. This is a series of novels that I have started but have never developed. I am going to give them away free of charge and let the Universe decide. If there is enough interest in one of them then I will start it again. Book One in the Started Series is The Entry Word. Following a texting accident, the World summons Jodocus Meaddowcraft, a constipated alien from another dimension. Jodocus sets about punishing the World for summoning him. You can download your FREE copy of The Entry Word here . Original link
0
  94 Hits
  0 Comments

Tags and #Tags

tag
Most people who use social media, know what tags are on Twitter etc. and use them to attract more followers. I will, no doubt, add a few tags to this post to advertise it and maybe encourage a few more readers to follow my blog. Tags, when you are writing away from social media, are a bit different. These are short, questioning phrases, at the end of an affirmative or negative statement. Such as the cheery – “It’s cold today, isn’t it?”  as you hurry pass a neighbour in the street. Or the more hectoring – “You won’t do anything silly whilst I’m away, will you?” from a busy mother to a recalcitrant teenager. Tags are regularly used in dialogue. Their aim is for the speaker to confirm that the...
Continue reading
0
  94 Hits
  0 Comments

Thank You Very Much for Another 5 Review

I absolutely loved this book. Powerful and poignant, 'Viro' packs a punch. Sad and haunting, 'Viro' is a new take on the zombie genre.The characters are dynamic and interesting, finding
bit.ly/VIRO1   http:// bit.ly/VIROBOOK1   http:// bit.ly/VIROROCKS     Original link
0
  148 Hits
  0 Comments

YouTube and the Horror of Seeing Yourself not only in Inglorious Technicolor but also as the World Sees You


Hi Everyone I posted my first YouTube update the other day. It felt horrendous. Awful. I have always hated hearing the sound of my own voice. Combine that with seeing yourself as well and all the horrors I have ever felt about myself fell full upon me from a great height. But it is done now. Out there. Uploaded. Online. Too late. And there will be more. Have a nice day. Original link
0
  67 Hits
  0 Comments

Thank You Very Much

Amazon co.uk Best Sellers_ The most popular items in Science Fiction Adventures for Young Adults
Hi Everyone Here’s the first in a new series of short posts shared on my YouTube channel and elsewhere. VIRO has got to number 89 in the Amazon charts and I wanted to say thank you very much to everyone who has helped to get the book up the charts. Of course, this is the point at which there is an obligatory series of words pointing you towards a series of links where, should you care to, you could purchase untold copies of VIRO. If that is how you feeling towards the whole project then please feel free to click the image below. Have a lovely day. Thank you very much   Original link
0
  113 Hits
  0 Comments

More About Meaning.

Thomas More
So many words mean more than one thing. This can come as a surprise – we get used to using a word in a particular way, and feel different usage is wrong. Often the more of an ‘expert’ you are with words (an unkind person might call you a pedant) the more likely you are to feel that other people have used a word wrongly – or, as George W Bush might say – miss-spoke – only to find if you look it up in a dictionary, that the alleged miss-use has a long and honorable tradition. Take the word refute. For some, the word only means ‘to disprove by argument or tangible evidence.’ This was my belief too until recently, though I haven’t taken to twitter to denounce the tweeters who use it to mean deny...
Continue reading
0
  112 Hits
  0 Comments

The Digital Divide: Publicity, Marketing, Tweeting, Sharing, Commenting, Making Videos, Adding Content and Following

IMG_1397
Hi Everyone Here’s where I am today. Two books published. Publicity and marketing for both of them underway. What does this entail? Spending every spare second when I’m not at work tweeting and sharing and commenting and making videos and adding content and following and then tweeting and sharing and commenting and making more videos and adding more content and following more people. And adding content and following and then tweeting and sharing and commenting and making more videos and adding more content and following more people. And writing. Always writing. It is a lot of work. But someone has got to do it. It might as well be me. Have a great day. Oh! I nearly forgot … Book One in the V...
Continue reading
0
  77 Hits
  0 Comments

Empty landscapes are the most fascinating for active observers to engage proactively with and observe

VIRO – 2
‘All the fish were dead in one tank. There were more dead fish in the other tank. But I saw one fish left. It was small and red. It was swimming around. When was it going to die? It could never escape.’  bit.ly/VIRO1   In case you missed them … https://falconboy.ie/2018/03/21/whenever-we-think-about-the-future-we-immediately-think-about-the-positive-opportunities-that-the-future-has-for-all-of-us-when-we-open-our-eyes-and-embrace-the-possibilities-we-see-buying-paperback-b/ https://falconboy.ie/2018/03/14/the-digital-divide-front-matter-printers-keys-colophons-tocs-and-all-manner-of-other-typesetting-tomfoolery/ https://falconboy.ie/2018/03/07/viro-paperbacks-ebooks-mouse-mats-coffee-mugs-an...
Continue reading
0
  66 Hits
  0 Comments

THE READER IS THE FINAL COLLABORATOR – SOMA: EDEN & TWO PUGS PUBLISHING

Ray at Xmas
Hi Everyone Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Ray Roche from Two Pugs Publishing. You can follow Ray and his comic book adventures on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . Ray has kindly agreed to give everyone an insight into how he writes. He has also kindly supplied some artwork from his latest publication SOMA: Eden. Fiona Boniwell of Boniwell Graphics supplied the cover. The art is by Michael Arbuthnot . Ray sells his comics via his Facebook page as well via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The comics are also available to buy at the following shops: Comic Vault in Cork City,  Celtic Comics in Portlaoise, and  Comicbook Guys in Belfast. Ray has a new comic coming out very soon. Dem Bone...
Continue reading
0
  166 Hits
  0 Comments

Musing About Meaning.

Wittgenstien
Meaning, my Collins dictionary tells me, is ‘the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol etc.’ It can mean a few other things as well – as in well-meaning, but today I am concentrating on the above definition. Ever keen on a spot of self-improvement I am currently reading a book by Timothy Gowers that describes itself as ‘a very short introduction to mathematics.’ Re-assured by his preface in which he states that he would not assume by the end of the book that his readers would have understood and remembered everything that he’d written earlier, I was tempted to skip right to the last chapter, and just pretend I’d read it. But I’m not sure that is quite what he meant, so I have dut...
Continue reading
1
  123 Hits
  0 Comments

A short story from a writers’ group anthology.

anthcov2
I’ve been a bit busy, and feeling a bit ‘meh’ this week and not got round to writing a post till now. I’ve taken a lazy option and used an excerpt of a short story.  It’s from the story I contributed to the Coventry Writers’ Group anthology before Christmas. We didn’t organise a launch then in case the weather was bad. Instead we arranged it for the beginning of this month. And – guess what? – we had to cancel due to heavy snow. The anthology is called Stories to Make you Smile, but this was no laughing matter! Anyway, here are the opening paragraphs of my contribution – Storm in a B Cup.  I was eating toast and nearly didn’t take the call.        “Hello?” I said eventually, still chewing an...
Continue reading
0
  118 Hits
  0 Comments

The Digital Divide: Front Matter, Printers Keys, Colophons, TOCs, and all Manner of other Typesetting Tomfoolery 

viro-one-ebook
Hi Everyone Intoxicated by the fresh scent of newly-printed matter, I have been on a formatting frenzy. Even as we speak I am taking a break from page breaks and section breaks. At the moment, the breaks are winning and I have requested that an extra dropdown tab from the menu be made available to me. Page Break, Section Break. Heart Break. I have learned more about front matter, printers keys, colophons, TOCs and all manner of other typesetting tomfoolery  in the last few days than in a lifetime of writing. It is writing. The mechanics of the process. But it is also something else. It is the clothes we wear. Our shoes. The turn of a collar. The button unbuttoned. The single-breasted suit. H...
Continue reading
0
  38 Hits
  0 Comments