Reviews: perhaps my readers know more than me…

At one point, my day job was of enough interest that someone actually reported on something I did. This is where I learnt something important, that I believe Hollywood actors say, ‘Never read your own reviews, daaarrling!’ Or at least, I beleive they say, in some sort of thespian drawl, whilst avidly poring over everything written about them or their work in private. Anyway, so perhaps I shouldn’t read my own reviews. But, as a debut author, with a book to pitch that, to be honest, I am not entirely sure how… Read More

What a scientific career teachings you about writing, and vice versa…

When I was at school, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a novelist or a scientist. And my teachers stuck to the fiction that the two were completely different. Since then, I’ve found out that success in academia required me to be at least 30% a writer (so far, I’ve been about 60% a scientist, 30% a writer and 10% a project manager). From hanging around writer’s conferences, I’ve noticed that most fiction writers do not have a day job in science, and so, I think it gives me a… Read More

First excursion into publishing…

So, yesterday, I published Lightbulb Works’ first book. I decided to go for a soft-launch and put it on kindle direct publishing as an ebook, to make all the mistakes there before putting the book out far and wide. It turns out that actually publishing a book is not that hard, as with everything in life, fear of the unknown is the biggest problem. Once the book was ready, and it was delayed by a few weeks as the cover art could not be done until the final layout had been finished,… Read More

Up and up launches on Amazon

Erik Sturm’s debut novel ‘Up and up’ launches TODAY on Amazon! ‘Up and up’ No one escapes home undamaged. Three kids from the wrong side of the Thames had made it good in the City. But when the impossible happens and the banks start to fall, secrets of their past rise to the surface. The stay on the up and up, they have to risk it all. Four friends, united by a terrible secret. Christopher Rake meets a mysterious woman he wants to protect, no matter what the cost. Cezek Hitch is… Read More