An EXCLUSIVE offering from me


A peek at my website

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I have spent a lot of time recently working on my social media. The result is a website ( that I have to say I am proud of and, to mark its completion, I am offering a FREE giveaway to everyone who visits.

And what, I hear you ask, is the giveaway?

Well, I’ve decided to put together a small compendium of short stories entitled A Twisted Paradise’ and the giveaway is your very own e-book copy. Easy to read and ideal for coffee time, these will give you a taste of my writing and a chance to get to know me better.

How do I get my giveaway?

Well, that’s easy. All you need to do is head over to my website (, wait for the pop up window that asks if you would like a free gift and then enter your email address. I’ll do the rest and within 24hrs your very own copy of my EXCLUSIVE e-book will arrive in your inbox.

This e-book will never be published; it is exclusive to my website visitors and regular readers only. And to tempt your tastebuds further, here’s a glimpse of the cover…


I can’t wait to send out your copy!





Six reasons why I am engaging with social media

social-media-logosI was a late bloomer as far as Facebook was concerned and, in terms of personal usage, I  still am. I don’t have an issue with it at all, I am just not one for sharing my life with the world at large. Business wise, however, I have come to realise that I need to embrace social media – want to know why?

Here are six very good reasons*:

  1. 92% of the UK population actively use the internet and of those, 38million are engaging on social media. This represents well over half of our UK population.
  2. Based on survey statistics, 77% of the UK population bought something online in the preceding month prior to survey. The survey covered an age range of 16-64 yr olds. (This figure is 66% for the USA).
  3. Facebook is the largest social media network in the world and has 1.59 Bn users worldwide.
  4. Facebook is the largest social media network in the UK with almost half (47%) of our population accessing it. It outperforms Twitter at 20%, Instagram at 14% and Google+ and LinkedIn at 10% each.
  5. Most Facebook users in the UK are in the age range 20-29yrs although ages 40-59 yrs now make up 29% of the total UK audience.
  6. As a country we spend 1.5 hrs per day on social media (age range 16-64 yrs).

social-mediaOkay, so there’s lots of figures here but hopefully you get the general idea. The internet, social media and in particular Facebook, is huge. We are living in an era where technology is king and whilst we still watch television, we are only viewing for 2hrs 45mins a day on average whereas the internet is accessed well over 3hrs per day (per head of population).

As someone who enjoys technology I don’t find the use of social media particularly daunting, I do, however, find its use as a marketing tool challenging. Given these statistics though, I realise that I cannot ignore the internet or social media as a way to develop my author brand and reputation so I have been taking courses on both digital marketing and social media marketing with the brilliant Shaw Academy.

I am not suggesting that these courses are for everyone, but when I realised just how much of my potential market was online, I knew that not only is social media where it is at, it needs to be the way forward for me.

What about you? What are your thoughts on social media and your brand? Are you embracing it?


*All data courtesy of WeAreSocial – the full report can be found below: