Big in Japan

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I wanted you all to know that “Socrates, the sprinting snail of Sorrento” is free to download today Monday 15 July and tomorrow Tuesday 16 July. As the title of this post suggests, I am officially “Big in Japan!” having had the book downloaded once this morning in the land of the rising sun. Also, Kindle Direct Publishing have finally managed to get the book listed under E-books – Children’s Books, so at least we are now appearing in the correct category.

I have been reading up on how to use an Amazon┬áprogramme called “Createspace” to actually turn Socrates into a real, physical book that you can order like any other. The process is averagely difficult and does cost as well but I think I’ll just soldier on with it so that all of you out there with no access to a Kindle, a computer or a Tablet, will be able to get your hands on a copy. With a bit of luck we could have it ready by the end of the month.

There is of course no truth in the rumour that “Socrates, the sprinting snail of Sorrento” was not written by George G. Burton (who doesn’t exist) but by J. K. Rowling. But if the word spreads………! Please remember to review the book if you choose to download and read it as good reviews are precious to an aspiring author.


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I thought I’d update you all on the first couple of days with the book on sale on Kindle and Kindle App. It has sold 10 copies, nine here in the UK and one in the USA. There is however a free promotion starting tomorrow and lasting 2 days so a perfect opportunity to download it then and review it once read. The positive reviews are really important to the success of the book so I’d appreciate all you can do to help spread the word. If you use Facebook then I have attached a link which you can share with your friends.

We are fine back in the flat and enjoying some really good summer weather at the moment. Today we spoke with Scott who told us he is coming home from Australia on 18 July. Can’t wait to see him again! He said he saw Andy Murray win at Wimbledon in a crowd all going a bit crazy after the Lions’ victory in Sydney as well. He is proud to be a Scot abroad.

I’ve taken up the guitar again – once I’d changed to lighter gauge strings – and I’m enjoying a wee strum when I get the chance. We had a week looking after our grandson Ben which was great fun although surprisingly exhausting and we must say he is a wee gem but we would say that, wouldn’t we?!

Socrates Newsflash


Great news, my faithful readers. Socrates, the Sprinting Snail of Sorrento, is now available from Amazon in the Kindle Store. Download it now to your Kindle, I-Pad or PC …….. and be sure to tell ALL your friends and family and also rate it at the end. I would really appreciate the feedback. Here is a link:

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