MT McGuire Books

Taking the plunge

Having discovered the lovely Smashwords is going to charge witholding tax I have been feeling, for some time, that my plan to e‑publish my book has been a bit well… to put not too fine a point on it, pissed on. Now though, I have a plan.

May 20, 2010


Since yesterday evening, the download total for my second free e‑short, Bog Man, on feedbooks has gone from 650 to 741… I dunno what’s going on but it’s brilliant! In the last hour 11 people have downloaded it… The other one’s still ticking along with 2 or 3 downloads a day, now, that’s what I consider to be a realistic expectation for both but this is… barking… in a very good and happy way!

May 12, 2010

Free publicity for e‑books

I added news of my e‑short to It took a while to come up but was posted on Saturday (10 April). It’s caused a sizeable spike in my download rates at Smashwords so I definitely recommend it. 

April 12, 2010

The Value of Re-reading…

Hmm… here I am formatting my book for print, ordering actual bound copies to look at and evaluate and thinking that I am pretty much finished when I discover a massive and pointless continuity error…

I’d never seen it before so I’m delighted (not to mention relieved) to have found it now.  I suspect the moral of this story is that you can never proof read your stuff enough times.

April 9, 2010

Wait! It is not ready yet… or is it?

OK so you’ve written something. It has a beginning a middle and an end… sort of. You’re pleased and you think it might be a winner but DO YOU KNOW…

April 4, 2010


I’ve had a bit of a pip tonight.

My first freebie short story, Is This Heaven? has had 108 downloads on Smashwords and is linked in two other writer’s profiles. It’s had about 350 hits on Freado/bookbuzr and Scribd but I’m not so sure of the accuracy of their stats… but I digress…

March 14, 2010


My e‑short is now available on Barnes & Noble — I wondered why the Smashwords stats were going up! If you want to see the listing it’s here the cover picture hasn’t loaded yet, unfortunately, but at least the description’s there… I appreciate that most of you have read it already but… if you like it and you […]

February 13, 2010

Plot plotting.

Found a handy way of doing this which I’ll share, in case it helps somebody — even though it was a bit of a how-could-I-be-so-thick moment. I have a story where the POV changes.  Mostly it stays with the main protagonist but there are points where it rests with others.  I couldn’t get the two timelines of ‘hero’ and ‘everyone […]

February 12, 2010

Illuminating article…

I found this on — very good site, by the way.  Spool down the page for the ‘collated answers to our standard interview questions’ section.  It’s very interesting… and a bit of an eye opener! And… oh blimey I’ve stuffed up my Snow Books submission.

February 9, 2010

A bit of a breakthrough…

Yes, I’ve finally found a way to sum up the first book, as opposed to the trilogy, in a sentence.  Actually, it’s three sentences but that’s a lot better than a whole page of tripe! Here it is… Your existence is treason, your family are dead, it’s illegal to employ you and then you wake with eyes in the back of […]

February 8, 2010