Bumpy Ride

Look-back at 2013.

I am very happy to have won the short murder story competition at the Winchester Writers Conference. And pleased that it takes pride of place in the 2013 anthology. Best-Of-2013-Cover


I shall take my prize, a place at the conference, next summer and look forward to it.
     Am I happy with my detective novel? No, I’ve not written enough. The detective agency is, at this moment, poised for the delicious ‘clashing together’ and final eruption.
     I blipped with marketeering.
    There was a bumpy end to my brief market career. Silverfinger publications are VERY particular about their venue and didn’t like being ignored or riffled through and abandoned. They learned to take with a pinch of salt, ‘positive venue thinking’, sooner than I did.

Netley Grange was my last actual market attendence. A supportive Writing Buddy took my stuff to both the Marlands and Mayfield Christmas markets, when I was unable to attend but had committed to, and did her best for me. Thank you!

The wet Winchester Sunday with a totally inadequate stall and poor position was the worse. I understand from other stall-holders that Winchester Guildhall was to be avoided at all costs.

Market Oct (9)

     blog5I created the Silverfinger Press as a result of marketeering, which is good and shows promise for the future. I published five Silverfinger books, four of them fully illustrated and twelfve sets of Christmas cards.
The ‘Didi’ books are a success with small children, mums and grandmothers. Positive feedback. The little book of Nursery Rhymes is also popular.


And, I did quite enjoy ‘being out there’ for a while. It was an experience, observing people not interested in books, or riffling through the pages, even reading a whole book of poems, commenting, ‘so true’, about ‘Poems for a State of Grace’, before dropping the carefully made Silverfinger publication and walking off. 
     I was so surprised at my first sale of Christmas cards that I mislaid the money, or perhaps even gave it back.
I have painted, mostly blue and gold, sea, sky. silver 004.
And I have made a friend and lost one, finally drew the line at posting my neighbour a Christmas card and tore up the one from a distant relative I have nothing to do with. I enjoyed both acts.

I also drove through a storm, visited London and cooked a Christmas meal.




Marketeering from the singularly monitory point of view of a writer/illustrator creator of ‘little works of art’.

Marketeering from the monitory point of view.


Initial outlay

120gm paper,            £7.50,
100gm paper,            £6.50,
two A3 posters,         £3.06,
plastic clips,               £2.80,
printing inks,               £55,
TOTAL                       £75.96

subsequent outlay

cellophane bags £17.03
card                    £5.00                                                                                              Env                     £3.98
Col. card             £2.99
Total                     £29_.00

TOTAL £104.96

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Market Fees

Winch X 2 £20
Netley £7.50
School £5.00
Marlands £8.75
Total £23.25

Grand Total £128.21 not including petrol! Or Time

Income £12

However, not finished yet, three markets to go before Christmas and three new SilverfingerPress books: ‘Didi’s Adventure’, ‘Didi’s Christmas’; and ‘Nursery Rhymes’ illustrated with watercolour paintings.cat

There are also more Silverfinger Christmas card designs.

Assetts –

100 Christmas cards in packs of 4 @ £3.00 each, 14 poetry books @ £3.00, 21 ‘Didi’ books @ £3.00 each, 10 Nursery Rhymes books @ £3.00 each:

Total (with endless potential) £210

Marketeering – A friend gained, a friend lost.
Gained – fun, lots of life-blood creation and the birth of  small title

And – three to go before I take stock of what’s happened since my first market in September

silverfinger children logo.

Winchester Washout

Marketeering again . . .

Market Oct (7)
rain rain rain and supplied with leaking/sinking/moving gazebo. Consternation over wet books and cards while torn/leaking ‘roof’ was changed – for one without the bolts to keep it together. Hasty repair with plastic ties. Later, weights were attached to stop the whole thing moving . . . which almost worked.

I sold one set of four Christmas cards . . . £3 (excellent value and unique) 


published by Silverfinger PRESS. The four cards is all that sold . . . amongst four talented and intrepid writers. I spent £10, (my share of a £40 ‘stall’ in a bad place on a bad day with a bad gazebo). And bought the newly launched book, ‘Bottles & Pots’, by fellow marketeer, Jacqueline Pye at its baptism of rain.

I launched Silverfinger Children, silverfinger children logowith a small book for 

little hands – http://silverfingerpress.wordpress.com/silverfinger-children/


                                      Called – ‘My Friend Didi’ ,

He waved, unnoticed while people ran past in the rain.

Market Oct (9)

No one can help the weather , so inclement that few people glanced our way, but I am not of a mind to give a day to Winchester market in the future, however much I may ‘laugh about it afterwards.’

Indoors for me.


The Marketeer calls ‘BOOKS for SALE!

Sunday, 15th September, Winchester Market.

A first. Selling books at a market. There were no marketeer yodels. It may have helped.
Market 007My publisher was unable to do a print run for me so I decided to do my own. I had already hoarded a lovely word – Silverfinger .

small title

A digital PRESS for limited edition print-runs was born. I chose as the logo – ‘a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars’.

Have a look . . . silverfingerpress.wordpress.com where you will see the results of my first print-runs and contact details: silverfinger@outlook.com should you need your own, ‘LITTLE WORK OF ART’.


On the stall I hung an A3 poster trumpeting Silverfinger PRESS and another, dripping with blood, which boasted my first prize win at the Winchester Writers’ Conference. Tied to the stall’s frame above the display table, the posters twisted in the wind, escaped their plastic grip and eventually had to be taken down.

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BM1I made book marks, freebees, from coloured manilla advertising my books and my prize-winning story twhich will be published this autumn. 

I published two ‘little works of art’, especially for the launch of the Silverfinger PRESS – ‘Poems for a State of Grace’, The poems were written in 2002 following the death of my mother. And, ‘A Diet of Worms & Blackberries’, which I illustrated.

  StateofGrace cover 

My two books were displayed on a small table easelDOWCover for people to pick up and riffle through, I kept pristine books to sell out of reach, framed House Blessings and small,colourful prints together with flyers for the PRESS and my books, and free book marks, completed my wares and I laid them on a red-covered table top apprx 4ft x 2.


Initial outlay – 120gm paper, £7.50, 100gm paper, £6.50, two A3 posters, £3.06, plastic clips, £2.80, set of printing inks, £55, quarter stall fee, £10.
Three books sold; YIPEE! total £9. Scarf bought, couldn’t resist – £19.

Will I do it again?. Yes, on 20th October with an additional Silverfinger publication and Christmassy cards.blog8