‘Proscenium’ is here!

It’s been a really busy week, and I’ve only just had time to post about the fact that Proscenium was published in Fictive Dreamon Thursday.

I’ve been really touched and pleased by its reception so far – the lovely Sophie G. on Twitter said it “totally nails beautiful/sad” – which really made my day!

As with On the Last Rebellion, here’s a couple of sentences to tease, but don’t forget to read he whole story here:

Afterwards, when the shock waves had subsided, there were only a few survivors left. In side-turned, velvet-clad seats. They cried until their breath escaped, and their plaintive, mewling noises made the theatre wish it did not have such sturdy walls, that it had not performed its pain-prolonging half-protection, but had simply let the tiny particles roll in and penetrate the oozing, fleshy bodies completely.

‘On the Last Rebellion’ in Open Pen

Happy Sunday everybody! Fantastically excited that On the Last Rebellion has been published by the lovely Sean and friends over at Open Pen!

You can’t really do excerpts for flash fiction, so here’s the first two sentence and you can find the whole 500-Word read here:

To be invaded is a penetration. If not bodily, by blade or flesh, then mentally by a wiping of history, a corrosion of culture, a banishing of the familiar. Invasion takes more than it gives, aggravates the womb of home until even the things you did not know you had are gone, after which you are left feeling empty and strangely stretched. Implanted with the residue of some other landscape.

‘On the Last Rebellion’ in Open Pen THIS WEEKEND!

CapturePhew, it’s been a busy week all round, but particularly when it comes to short story news, as the beloved folks at Open Pen have just let me know they’d like to publish my flash fiction story On the Last Rebellion. It will be available ONLINE and FREE TO READ this weekend!

You will be able to have a look at it from 9AM ON SUNDAY over on the Open Pen website.

I also thoroughly recommend taking a look at their archives, as they’ve just had their big 20th issue celebrations and there’s a lot going on. Continue reading ‘On the Last Rebellion’ in Open Pen THIS WEEKEND!

One week until ‘Proscenium’ goes live!

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Taking to cyberspace on this cold winter’s day to give a huge shout out to Fictive Dream online literary magazine, who one week today are publishing my short story ‘Proscenium’ as part of Flash Fiction February!

I’m super proud have been selected as an author for this special short story month, and really recommend checking out their website all this month for new great stories every day.

Reading to warm your toes amongst this midwinter chill! x

SYP Webchat on Monday 15th January

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you all had a marvellous festive season and that 2018 has got off to a great start.
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It’s certainly been busy this end already, and I’m very excited that on Monday 15th January, from 6.30-8pm, I’ll be doing a live #SYPExpert webchat for The Society of Young Publishers members, talking about freelance journalism in publishing, building a portfolio career, and the workings of an eBook publisher. Log in to ask me all your burning bookish questions!
 
 
See you there, and looking forward to all your questions!

Happy Festive Season!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, the office quiet as winter.
Nothing was stirring, not even the printer.
But on stroke of midnight, the pages awoke,
the protags jumped out & became party folk…!

Settings unspooled and stole the mince pies,
plots and pages danced ’til the sunrise.
The dust jackets pranced, then they stole all the wine,
and the paperbacks tried to clean up in time:

For as Christmas closed, the stories all hid,
as to be spied by a publisher was quite forbid.
But when the editors came back they all cried –
the stories were now totally different inside!

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Wishing you all a very merry Festive Season and the best of adventures for 2018. Here’s to storytellers, the brave people who hold them, and the lovely literary explorers who read their tales. x

‘The Locust Theorem’ is Story of the Week

Fairlight ShortsExcitement levels have reached new heights, as The Locust Theorem, one of my latest short stories, is Story of the Week on Fairlight Books. If you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, you can follow this link, or check out the snippet below…

Doctor Evans slept like the dead. She grumbled when I woke her.

‘Shh. Listen.’ I held up a hand. She rubbed her eyes, trying to make sense of the noise.

‘Where’s it coming from?’

‘The sky.’

She got up, frowning, and padded to the open window. ‘Sh*t, look at the stars.’

‘Right?’

‘Am I dreaming?’

‘No.’ I joined her by the window, both of us staring slack-jawed at the shuddering sky.

‘What is it? I know that noise, I’ve heard it before.’

‘I think it’s teeth,’ I replied slowly. ‘Human teeth. Chattering.’ Continue reading ‘The Locust Theorem’ is Story of the Week

Byte the Book panel: How are indie publishers shaking up the industry?

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Our indie panel. Photo credit to Byte the Book.

Wow, it’s been a very busy couple of weeks!

First, I am so thrilled to have given my very first lecture ever, to the lovely Creative Writing & Publishing MA students at City University. It was a glorious morning, and huge thanks to Patrick Brindle the programme director, for inviting me along.

Second, I was also on a fab panel at Byte the Book: ‘How are independent publishers shaking up the industry?’ It was a warm event, brimming with good cheer and friendly debate – I had a fabulous time. Thank you to fellow panellists – Nicholas Cheetham from Head of Zeus, Sam Jordison from Galley Beggar Press, and Aimée Felone from the brand new publisher, Knights Of – for being so amazing to chat with, and to Emma House from sponsors The Publishers Association for chairing us so expertly. And, of course, double doses of thanks to Justine Solomons, who makes Byte the Book so fantastic every time, and invited me to be on the panel.

You can read all about what we discussed in the official, free-to-read Byte the Book report!

The Kindle – 10 years of teaching us time travel

bbtwitter_400x400Last weekend, Kindle celebrated it’s 10th anniversary (that’s right, we’ve had a whole decade of eBooks now!) In honour of the occasion, I penned a little read-to-read opinion piece for BookBrunch that links together backlist, time travel, and the famous eReading device itself! Don’t forget to click the link for the full FREE article…

The Kindle – 10 years of teaching us time travel

On the 10th anniversary of the release of Amazon’s Kindle, Jasmin Kirkbride reflects that the device has taught us not only how to read digitally, but also how to sell books by warping time

When the Kindle was released on 19 November 2007, it sold out in just 4.5 hours, and went on to disrupt the book market with a power often compared with that of the invention of the printing press. Amid the panic that naturally arises with such drastic change, there have been a few genuinely positive effects on the book market.  Continue reading The Kindle – 10 years of teaching us time travel

The Cloud Loom published with Fairlight Books

Fairlight ShortsHappy Monday readers! Those of you who keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter will know that last week I had a piece of flash fiction called The Cloud Loom published on the Fairlight Books website. I am completely thrilled that the lovely short story editor Urska took on not one but two of my stories, and am really grateful for her keen editing eye and enthusiasm.

Check out the site for the full story! And if you like it IRL, how about giving it a like digitally too? Likes, shares and general story chat online really help boost a story’s readership, and I would be very grateful indeed for your support.

Book Review | ‘Nineveh’ by Henrietta Rose-Innes

That’s right, folks, it’s time for another book review! Thanks so much to Dawn at Book & Brew for sending me the book and hosting my review on her gorgeous blog. You can read the full piece for free on the Book & Brew site, but here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite…

DLSBou3X0AEp2OK-900x450From the outset, Nineveh is characterised by vibrant insectoid imagery: the opening chapter focuses on a tree that has been colonised by caterpillars, for example. In the hands of any other author, such a motif might make your skin crawl, but under Rose-Innes’ deft touch it makes for compulsive, surprisingly beautiful reading. Right up to the last pages, you cannot be sure quite where the fleeting – often surreal – imagery is going to take you… [READ MORE]

Publication of The Locust Theorem

I’m totally thrilled and excited to say that my latest short story, The Locust Theorem, has just been published by Fairlight Books. It’s online, it’s free to read right here, and is a lovely bit of sci-fi fun to get you through to the weekend.

The story takes about twenty minutes to read and follows Andy Anderson, a struggling geneticist trying to come to terms with the loss of his girlfriend – and if that doesn’t grab you, here’s an excerpt:

The first indication I had that something might be wrong was the day the builders came. They had set up scaffolding outside the hotel and, as Su was passing under it, one of them dropped a knife. It sailed four floors down, point-first, straight towards Su’s face. She looked up just in time for it to hit her. There was a sharp sound, like a blade against granite, before the knife fell to the ground and clattered away across the forecourt. Su was shaken but not hurt, aside from a light red irritation that bloomed in a line down her face. Continue reading Publication of The Locust Theorem

Do you read in Albanian or Dutch? 

In the past week a very cool thing has happened to me: I’ve had two books delivered to my house that I wrote, but which are in languages I don’t speak! 


That’s right, Stress Less has been translated into Dutch, and Believe in Yourself is now in Albanian – both available now in local European bookstores. Big thanks to publishers Minerva and De Lantaarn for making such charming editions of each book! 

Gosh! 

DON’T PANIC has arrived!

Very exciting times in my house at the moment, as Don’t Panic is finally here!

It’s a gorgeous little book and it’s was my favourite to write in the series so far, but I understand I’m pretty biased about this release, so here are some lovely things people have said about the other books in the series (she says, blushing and hiding behind a bushel):

“This is a little gem of a book! I didn’t want to put it down. It spoke to me in such a good level and it was exactly what I needed to read” – Thuong Le on Believe in Yourself

“The combination of natural warmth, positive energy and applied mindfulness along with the quality of Jasmin’s writing has created something very special. Especially in a world that is all about style, this book has genuine substance with a strong human message” – Amazon reviewer on Boost

“This little book will help give you the strength to beat the what ifs and worries” – @comiwat on Stress Less

Even better, Don’t Panic is stocked in all our favourite bookshops, and you can order your own copy as of today: Continue reading DON’T PANIC has arrived!

BookMachine | July Publishing News Wrap

Oh yes indeed, it’s that time again already: the July BookMachine publishing news wrap is here! Remember to follow the article link for hyperlinks and the full piece…

BookMachine_logoThis month in publishing news, it’s been all about the publisher’s best friend: the indie bookshop! The 2017 Independent Bookshop Week got well underway towards the end of June with the announcement of its annual Book Award, with winner Sebastian Barry praising the importance of independent bookshops and the culture they help to build. Publishers, too, seem to have thrown their weight behind this year’s celebrations with more gusto than usual, and the whole industry was set abuzz by hundreds of offline events and online by the lively #IBW17 hashtag. Continue reading BookMachine | July Publishing News Wrap

BookBrunch | Report on the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize 2017

Had a glorious, lovely evening meeting all the Notting Hill Editions folk at their prize ceremony – thanks so much for a lovely evening! Here a little snippet of the piece I wrote up about it for BookBrunch…

William Max Nelson has won the third biennial Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize, worth £20,000, for his essay, Five Ways of Being a Painting

The 2017 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize drew to an emotional close yesterday evening at the University Women’s Club in London, following the sad death of the publisher’s founder Tom Kremer on 24 June, aged 87, just days before the announcement.

The ceremony was opened by Kremer’s daughter, Kim, who thanked her father for the legacy of the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.  Continue reading BookBrunch | Report on the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize 2017

BookMachine | The June 2017 Publishing News Wrap

Did I hear someone ask for some publishing news? Look no further, because it’s time once again for my monthly publishing news wrap over on BookMachine! Follow the link here and at the end of the excerpt for full hyperlinks and article.

BookMachine_logoThis month in publishing, there has been much news from across the pond as BookExpo took place, with tweaks promised for 2018 to try to find the right balance between Expo and Con. The big books of the BookExpo show have been slightly overshadowed, however, by the continuing fuss over the size of advances being paid to American politicians for their books, including $795k for Bernie Sanders and former FBI Director James Comey is looking at a rumoured $10m bidding war.

In bookselling, once again author James Patterson has partnered with the American Booksellers Alliance for his Holiday Bookseller Bonus program, which this year will give even more ‘bonuses’ to individual bookshops in America. For one bookshop, however, no bonus is needed, as they just sold a first edition James Bond book for a whopping $22,500! Continue reading BookMachine | The June 2017 Publishing News Wrap

Sneak peek inside Don’t Panic

Just over a month until Don’t Panic hits the shelves – yes, I’m dancing excitedly; yes, it’s due out on 10th August; and yes the digital proofs look so pretty a whole flock of butterflies just erupted in my chest.

Yes, you can also PRE-ORDER the new book at all the best bookstores, including but not limited to:

Amazon
Blackwells
Foyles
Waterstones Continue reading Sneak peek inside Don’t Panic

Reporting from Hay Festival 2017

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As some of you may have gathered from social media, I’ve been busy-beeing away running the Hay Festival Twitter feed again this year. What a joy it’s been too: so many insightful, thought-provoking ideas flying around. Amazing to be there to help celebrate 30 years of Hay – I’m totally exhausted and completely inspired!

As well as Twitter, I wrote a summary of the industry news from the first half of the Festival for BookBrunch, and also joined the journalists in the media room to write a few Facebook posts for Hay: Continue reading Reporting from Hay Festival 2017

BookMachine | The May Publishing Wrap

Roll up, roll up! It’s time to hear about the biggest publishing news from around the web over the past month, with the BookMachine May Publishing Wrap!

BookMachine_logoBig news from Amazon once again this month, as it hit an all-time high in the stock market and revenue from Q1 is up, prompting CEO Jeff Bezos to sell some of his stocks in the business for the largest sum yet. The tech giant’s Japanese expansion continues apace and they are widely considered to be “eating the world”, but all is not well with Amazon’s relationship with publishing. The introduction of a new buy button programme has drawn criticism from publishers and authors alike – including in the independent scene. What’s more, Amazon has this month announced and released a new book chart system, in which – perhaps unsurprisingly – their own books are notably faring better than anyone else’s. Continue reading BookMachine | The May Publishing Wrap