C.C. Hogan - Author
Series 2 - Girls of Dirt
Set 500 years after the first series, with brand new characters and some well-loved names from the first books, this is a story about the women of Dirt and the dragons that become their friends. Strong female leads, a wonderful tale. Coming soon: Dragons of Dirt and the dramatic People of Dirt.
Includes a recap of series one.
The Everything Stew
This is a narrative poem about a special meal cooked between friends in a cabin when we were all young, just out of school.
Catching the writing bug
How I went from starting tons of novels, failing to finish any, to actually writing seven (and counting).
To be honest, I am writing this at least partly to try and find out for myself...
Random Love and Moments
A selection of verses that randomly play with love and other ideas. Mostly untitled but all very much by me.
What is happening on Dirt?
I have been very busy with my ongoing fantasy Dirt.
Major updates to the website, talking to a good friend about organising a Giveaway, working on series two and, most importantly, persuading Amazon to make the first book Permanently Free.
Could Amazon improve their service for Independent Authors?
Following an email from myself to the KDP team at Amazon, they have reduced the first book in my new Fantasy series Dirt to zero so it is permanently free. This is crucial part of my sell, because as an author it is one of the few marketing techniques I can afford to help sell my whole series.
It made me think about the Amazon KDP offering and how it could be improved to help Amazon, Authors and the vital readers.
Publishing on Smashwords
If you are publishing a book, your first port of call is probably Amazon KDP. However, you may with to make your book available on other platforms too.
Publishing through Smashwords will give you access to Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and lots of other outlets. But the set up is a little different to KDP.
Using HTML in Kindle Book Descriptions
Careful use of HTML in book descriptions on Amazon KDP can really make your book stand out. Here is a simple guide plus a FREE online editor to make life a little simpler.
The Joy of great Audio
The audiobook has been with us a long, long time. From the very early days of radio, we have enjoyed sitting back and listening as the words wash over us. But there is a huge difference between a well read presentation and one that lifts you to a new plain.
Poem - The Writer's Lament
A poetic apology for spending so much time struggling with a book that the writer has had no time to whisper sweet nothing's to his love.
I Ached for You
I put on an old record, Unloved for many a year, Tucked behind a memory, Stood against a wall...
A poem about lost opportunity
Free Story - Yona and the Beast
Start your journey on the world of Dirt today with this FREE standalone short story.
Yona is a slave, held in a cold, lightless room in the North Hoar Ridge of Bind. When she and her friends have the opportunity to escape, they are helped by an amazing, huge beast that carries them across the continent.
Oh, do we love Sundays? Sundays at one point were my favourite day. I always had the day off and so did my love. We used to sleep late, be silly (mandatory), drink way too early in the day (like breakfast time) and basically be ourselves. It was our time to do with as we wished.
Here is a poem...
Creating towns in Fantasy Writing
Before you get too hung up on mapping out your towns in detail for your latest epic, painting in all the walls, working out population sizes and so on, you need to understand what a town or village is and why you are there in the first place.
Often an impression of a place will be far more helpful than facts and figures.
Series One & Two are out now!
Start series one with Dirt for Free, and start reading the brand new series two with Girls of Dirt for only 99p!
Girls of Dirt includes a recap of series one.
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The Stink Is Here
North London, 1976. The longest, hottest summer on record. The water is running out and the kids hate their parents. Which bunch of idiots would think it is a good idea to start a band?