Monthly Archives: February 2014

Try to buy James Patterson for 99c! (Or not)

NEWSFLASH: 24 hours remaining to get Sarina’s Nightmare and The Dream Killer for just 99c each!

Anyone think that paying $9.99+ for ebooks for is a bit rich?

The big publishers seem to think that ebooks should be the same price OR MORE than an ebook.

But us independent publishers know that the readers and buyers are not so easily fooled.

Which is why, we will occasionally offer special deals, just to entice new readers.

(Hence my week-long 99c Countdown Deal for both of my books – I & II – in the Dreamer Chronicles Series. Book III coming soon …)

But once the deal is over, for most ‘indies’, full-price is $2.99-$5.99 (most are $2.99).

Why pay $9.99 for an ebook, when there are now sooo many great books from indie publishers?

Your thoughts?

Robert

Sarina's NightmareThe Dream Killer

The Dream Killer 99c Countdown

Counting down in the US & UK … two books at bargain prices!

If you love a good tweens (middle-grade) thriller, throw in some sci-fi and some magic, a parallel world … the ‘Sarina’s Nightmare’ and ‘The Dream Killer’ might be just your thing!

Readers and reviewers have made favourable comparisons to Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice – even Harry Potter and the ‘His Dark Materials‘ books got a mention. *blush*

Anyway. Both books are featured in a ‘Kindle Countdown Deal’, which means if you live in the US or the UK (or can ‘arrange’ to live in the US or the UK for Amazon’s purposes hehe), then you can pick up the Kindle version of BOTH books for a mere 99c each.

99c!

From Feb 20 – Feb 26 (midnight US-time)

If you have any issues find the books, let me know – here are the links:

US:

Sarina’s Nightmare: http://amzn.to/1eB5oiR

The Dream Killer: http://amzn.to/1eB4y5I

UK:

Sarina’s Nightmare: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EM8FMY0

The Dream Killer: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HGWKKCS

Creativity - can it be learned?

Where does creativity really come from?

In my latest novel, ‘The Dream Killer‘, Sarina and Nathan must battle to rescue the world from being doomed to a rapidly deteriorating ‘lack of intelligence’.

While you might think we already have that problem (I might just agree with you too!), it raises the question:

“Where does creativity really come from?”

Is it innate? (As in: We’re born with it, and you naturally have it … or not)

Or can creativity and innovation be learned? (In other words, our lives and mental abilities can be honed and shaped by our experiences, our teachers and other social influences)

I tend to side with the latter, with a nod of the head to the idea that some genetics could play a heavy role in the malleability and receptiveness to creativity training.

A great testimony to this idea is encapsulated in Matthew Syed’s wonderful book, “Bounce“.

In it, he deftly illustrates, with example after example, of where high performance stemmed from ‘purposeful practice’ and not as a ‘gift from birth’.

Though many of the examples are drawn from the world of sport (including Matthew’s own world-champion table-tennis story), one or two in particular demonstrate that our minds clearly benefit dramatically from purposeful practice (there’s a stunning story about the development of female chess champions!).

What is ‘Purposeful Practice’?

Purposeful practice is the frequent, routine application of skill development, coupled with close mentoring with someone who is able to coach the areas needing development.

There is little point in practicing mistakes over and over (which cautions us as to why any practice of a skill without purposeful intent is possibly worse than no practice at all!), but it’s not enough to know what to practice, you need to immerse yourself fully in the desired environment, along with closely-coupled mentors who can observe and advise with precision.

Put all of that into place – and yes, I believe anyone can ‘learn’ to be creative!

You’ll just need to find the hours in the day 🙂

What do YOU want to get better at?

What purposeful practice can you incorporate?

I’d love to hear your comments!