How to be a successful… lottery winner

Everyone can be a lottery winner. Not everyone is. Over the recent months I have been analysing the stories of famous lottery winners to find out what exactly make them so successful. Here is the result of this research: top tips to becoming a successful lottery winner.


Winning lottery is not cheap. Sure, there are those who hit the gold with their first ticket, but most of my interviewees have spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years. Do what they did: buy lots and lots of lottery tickets, week after week, and you too may one day achieve glory and fame. Try different outlets. Buy online. See which lottery suits your style best. If you can, hire a professional better. They are expensive, but some are worth the money. Which ones? Well, you’ll have to figure this one out for yourself.

Tom G., who won $5,000,000 in July 1981, has spent roughly $12,000 on lottery tickets  before hitting the jackpot! Continue reading “How to be a successful… lottery winner”

More good reviews :)

I’ve just noticed I got a few very nice reviews when I was away on well-deserved holidays: one on – “The Shadow of Black Wings is a thoroughly captivating read” ! And one on Goodreads – “This book was really great. It got my attention because of the cover, but it captivated me quickly after having read only a few pages” !

Altogether, the reviews are coming along nicely – mostly in the range of 4-5 stars, with few exceptions (touch wood).

Adding to that, “The Shadow of Black Wings” reached Top 100 on today, and “The Warrior’s Soul” moved for a moment to Top 50 on – looks like I have fans in Germany, which is a very nice surprise 🙂

I’m still resting today – but stay tuned for more news and posts in near future!

Paperback Writer, part 1

The paperback version of “The Shadow of Black Wings” is now available on Amazon (.com and all the European ones)

I’ve chosen CreateSpace for paperback edition. Ben Galley has a good write-up of all the Print-On-Demand solutions available in UK, but to me it was a toss-up between Lightning Source and CreateSpace, as these were the two that did not require huge up-front payments.

In the end, CreateSpace won because of its close affiliation with Amazon. As a beginner, I want as little fuss as possible, and CS’s automatic Amazon listing and support was just what I needed.

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Building a Blurb

Today I have a guest post by Ben Galley

A good cover can make a reader swipe it off the shelf, but a bad blurb can have it thrown  straight back again.

There are two sides to every book cover, and I don’t just mean the front and the back. I mean the art and the words, the blurb. The combination of the two is a bit like those infamous “Golf Sale” signs you see being held aloft in the centre of every busy shopping hub across the lands. The signs are usually painted a luminous, ungodly yellow to grab your attention. You look up, squinting at the brightness, mystified and curious, until you see the words splayed across its cardboard face – “Golf Sale!” I do not golf. I have no need for a golf sale. I walk on, sign ignored.

Book covers are like these signs. The cover attracts the browser’s eyes, whether by art or by colour or both, and leaves the blurb to handle the task of the information. It’s a symbiotic relationship, one that needs to be perfectly balanced. It’s an important one too. Getting it right can mean the difference between your books being taken home or downloaded, or being snubbed.

There are three rules to writing a blurb:

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