Alison in the GBBO tent.


Hey guys, have you heard the news? The beloved TV personality and cooking enthusiast Alison Hammond is all set to join the Great British Bake Off as a host. Though she isn’t new to hosting shows after her stint on This Morning, this will be her first time joining forces with Strictly Come Dancing’s resident presenter, Matt Lucas, for the cooking competition series. Fans of the show are already looking forward to seeing her bubbly personality and witty remarks add a refreshing touch to the mix this season. Additionally, many speculate that she might even get in on some baking action herself! Suffice it to say; we’re excited to see what kind of energy and warmth she brings when GBBO returns later this year.

Someone using an icing bag to do some piping.

Tips for Success as an Amazon E-Book Author

Are you thinking of writing an e-book and publishing it on Amazon? If yes, congratulations on taking the first step towards becoming a self-published author. It’s no secret that Amazon is the world’s largest online bookstore, with millions of readers who are always looking for their next favourite book.


With the right niche, high-quality content, and effective promotion techniques, you can make your e-book stand out in this highly competitive market. In this article, we will provide you with some tips for success as an Amazon e-book author. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of getting more downloads, positive reviews and ultimately, earn more royalties.

Choose the Right Niche and Keywords.

The first step to becoming a successful Amazon e-book author is to choose the right niche for your book. The niche should be something that you are passionate about and have expertise in. For example, if you are a fitness enthusiast and have experience in personal training or nutrition counselling, then writing an e-book on health and wellness would be an excellent option.

Once you have chosen your niche, the next step is to identify relevant keywords that potential readers might use to search for books related to your topic. Conduct thorough research using tools like Google Keyword Planner or other keyword research tools available online. Targeting keywords with high search volume but low competition will increase your visibility on Amazon’s search results page.

Writing High-Quality Content and Formatting

Now that you have chosen your niche and targeted keywords, it’s time to start writing high-quality content for your e-book. Your content must be well-researched, informative and engaging enough to keep readers interested from start to finish. Focus on providing value to your target audience by offering solutions to problems they face or giving them insights they wouldn’t find elsewhere. Formatting is also crucial when it comes to creating an excellent reading experience for your audience. Ensure that your e-book has clean formatting with consistent heading styles (H1 for chapter titles), readable fonts (such as Times New Roman or Arial), adequate line spacing (at least 1.5) and page breaks between chapters.

Promote Your E-Book on Social Media


After publishing your book on Amazon, it’s time to promote it effectively so that potential readers can discover it easily. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by leveraging social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Create dedicated social media accounts for promoting your book specifically. Share snippets from your book online along with graphics featuring quotes or interesting facts from within its pages. Engage with potential readers by responding promptly to comments or messages sent through social media platforms. Collaborate with influencers in your niche who have large followings on social media platforms; offer them free copies of your book in exchange for sharing their thoughts about it with their followers.

Closing Thoughts

Becoming a successful Amazon e-book author takes patience, perseverance and dedication towards writing high-quality content targeted at specific niches while ensuring effective promotion strategies are leveraged consistently over time. By following these tips mentioned above – choosing the right niche/keywords that aligns well with passion/expertise; crafting great content formatted well; utilizing social media channels smartly – aspiring authors like yourself can increase their chances of achieving success in today’s competitive marketplace where books are constantly competing against each other

Silent Does Not Mean Stupid

Photo by Sasith Mawananehewa on Imagine you became quadriplegic and lost the ability to speak at the same time. Despite your intelligence, you were shoved in a corner and made to sit all day in your wheelchair, listening to tales from ** ‘In the Night Garden’. While Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy steal a […]

Silent Does Not Mean Stupid

Book Launch!!!

Who’s able to get to Cheltenham Waterstones bookshop on the 25th of March? If so, you might be interested in this – if not you may still be interested in purchasing the book.

The Autistic Guide To Adventure. Join local author Allie Mason and Illustrator Ella Willis, as they discuss their debut non fiction book. Allie and Ella will be happy to answer questions and sign books. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

A picture of the book itself, and announcing the book launch. Including the time, date and location which I have included in the main blog post.

It’s time for a new generation of autistic adventurers!
Outdoor adventuring can be life changing – it makes you physically & mentally stronger, takes you to new places and introduces you to new friends, as well as being an exhilarating challenge – but it can be stressful when there are unexpected social and sensory challenges involved. Allie Mason, autistic adventurer extraordinaire, is here to help.
Join Allie as she introduces activities ranging from archery to stargazing, sailing to fossil hunting, snorkeling to nature-writing – and so much more. Each easily digestible factsheet comes with a short introduction, a summary of the sensory experiences involved, suggestions on approaching activities for when you’re just getting started, as well as a handy budgeting system.
With personal anecdotes and interviews with awesome autistic athletes, this book will give you the support you need to take on the great outdoors.

The book launch is on Saturday 25th March 2023
16:30 – 17:30 at Waterstones, Cheltenham. 33-41 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1LE.


Books behave.

Books Behave As Performed By Lovedew Cardew At The George & Dragon, York, April 2016

I like books cause they don’t care
If your knickers match your bra
If you’ve washed your hair
I like books cause they don’t invade your space
They sit on your shelf
They don’t get in your face
I like books cause they don’t mind
What your heart contains
Who you’ve left behind
I like a book cause it doesn’t give a shit
When you get to the end what you think of it
Books don’t care if you’ve got a degree
What you watch on TV
Books don’t judge if you’ve got tattoos
If your friends are few
I like books cause they don’t care.

Taken from ‘Lost For Words’.

The shelves of books.

Readers, a mystery to solve.

Any sci-fi readers out there, I need your help please. I have a mystery I’ve been unable to solve.

I can’t tell you much, but I’ll tell you what I can.

In the early to mid 90’s I borrowed a book from the library, and little bits of it just stuck with me, but for the life of me I can remember the title or author of the book. No-one I have asked since, has ever recognised it.

So this book had a scientist/genetics expert in it, he and his wife had a child, and as far as I remember unknown to her he altered the child’s genes to make it super intelligent.

Continuing onwards said child is born, and around 10 months old (I think) starts suddenly talking in the supermarket saying things like coffee, and spaghetti.

I am hoping you can help me find the book again. I’d like to re-read it. Thankyou to all my wonderful readers.